Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Drivers See Higher Premiums after Not-at-Fault Crashes

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Drivers See Higher Premiums after Not-at-Fault Crashes

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WASHINGTON * Most drivers don't expect to be hit with a rate hike on their auto insurance after a car accident that wasn't their fault. But a consumer group says it happens, and it's a problem.

The Washington-based Consumer Federation of America says it found rate hikes on annual premiums as high as $400, in some cases.

In the report released Monday, the group analyzed premium quotes in 10 cities, including New York and Chicago, from five of the nation's largest auto insurers. The researchers found that Progressive aggressively used a not-at-fault penalty, surcharging drivers in eight of the 10 selected cities. Rates in Oklahoma City and Los Angeles did not change. Oklahoma and California prohibit not- at-fault penalties.

The group said GEICO and Farmers raised rates in some states by 10 percent or more. …

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