The Commercial Line

The Tesla Model 3, self-driving vehicles and insurance implications

Historians – and those in the insurance industry – may look back on March 31, 2016, as the beginning of a seismic shift in the automobile industry, and how vehicles are insured. That’s the day that American automotive and energy storage company Tesla Motors began taking pre-orders for its new flagship vehicle. Within 24 hours, Tesla racked up more than 180,000 reservations for the $35,000 Model 3.

Prepare for the worst: What every business owner needs to know

From San Bernardino, California, to Ft. Hood, Texas, to Newtown, Connecticut, tragic shooting incidents have no geographic boundaries and no rational motives. And businesses and property owners across the country should be aware that most of these incidents occur in commercial or educational environments.

The unforeseen liability surrounding 3-D printing

With manufacturing technology expanding exponentially and entrepreneurial ideas flourishing, a number of new products have been created and existing products are being modified to meet the needs and desires of today’s consumers.

Tips to protect you from unnecessary liability losses

A subcontractor seriously injures himself with a circular saw at your place of business. Or a roofer starts a fire while performing work at an apartment complex you own. In either case, you and your insurer could be held financially responsible if the contract you entered into contained wording that transferred responsibility back to you.

Agritainment – What’s the Issue?

In today’s agricultural scene, farmers have become creative in finding new ways to earn income in addition to the traditional farming practices of growing crops or raising livestock. One of those supplemental avenues is called agritainment, which is also known as agritourism.

New regulatory and insurance issues affecting drone owners

Suddenly, everyone has a drone — or at least it seems that way. An estimated one million unmanned aircraft will be sold for the holidays this year alone. And while many will be used for personal entertainment, drones are also being used for commercial purposes including mapmaking, emergency response, aerial photography, crop management and real estate appraisal and surveying.

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