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Update on the Kaitlynn Fisher Case

Posted by Progressive _ on 8/16/2012 at 10:45 AM

For the past week, Progressive has been in active settlement discussions with the family of Kaitlynn Fisher. Though there was considerable public interest in this case and we know many of you saw mentions of it on social media and news outlets, we also believed it was inappropriate to share further details while those discussions were ongoing. As of this morning, an agreement has been reached with the Fisher family to settle the claim. Prior to that, we were cautious with our responses, but now that the agreement has been reached, we’d like to further clarify Progressive’s role in the trial.

Ms. Fisher held a policy with Progressive that included Uninsured/Underinsured Motorist coverage, which protects drivers in the event they’re struck by an at-fault driver who’s either uninsured or doesn’t have enough coverage.

Under Maryland law, in order to receive the benefits of an underinsured driver claim, the other driver must be at fault. Sometimes this can be proven without the need for a trial, but in Ms. Fisher’s case, there were credible conflicting eyewitness accounts as to who was at fault.

A trial was necessary so that a jury could review all of the evidence and come to a decision. In those circumstances, under Maryland law, the insurance company providing the Underinsured Motorist coverage is considered a defendant. As a defendant in this case, Progressive participated in the trial procedures on our own behalf while Nationwide represented the other driver.

On Thursday, August 9, a jury determined that the other driver was at fault in the accident involving Ms. Fisher. In accordance with that decision, Progressive worked with the Fisher family and their legal representative to resolve the claim.

This was a tragic accident and our sympathies go out to the Fisher family.

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Statement on the Fisher Case

Posted by Progressive _ on 8/14/2012 at 2:00 PM

I’d like to take this opportunity to explain Progressive’s role in this complex case. First and foremost, our deepest sympathies go out to Kaitlynn Fisher’s family.

To be very clear, Progressive did not serve as the attorney for the defendant in this case. He was defended by his insurance company, Nationwide.

There was a question as to who was at fault, and a jury decided in the Fisher family’s favor just last week. We respect the verdict and now can continue to work with the Fisher family to reach a resolution.

Chris Wolf
Claims General Manager
Progressive

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At Progressive, you’re always in the driver’s seat

Posted by Brittany Ritchey on 6/19/2012 at 1:35 PM

When you choose Progressive to protect your cars, you have a say in how you want your claim handled:

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3 things you might not know about Progressive

Posted by Brittany Ritchey on 6/19/2012 at 1:35 PM

In the spirit of getting to know each other, here are three little tidbits that’ll help you get to know us—as more than just unicorn-loving insurance enthusiasts.

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Insurance shopping: 3 ways it’s easier than ever before

Posted by Brittany Ritchey on 3/20/2012 at 7:00 AM

It’s an ideal time to be an insurance shopper. New options—like starting a quote with a picture of your driver’s license and pricing multiple insurance products all at once—make finding a great policy easier than ever.

 

Mobile options are expanding.
New features like these—available at Progressive and some other companies—make mobile quoting an even more convenient option:

• Image technology: Take a photo of your driver’s license or scan your car’s VIN, and Progressive automatically enters this information into your auto quote. (Check out the video below!)
• Option to buy: Now you can buy an auto insurance policy on a mobile device, in addition to getting a quote.
• Additional products: You can quote and buy insurance for other vehicles on a mobile device now, too. Get a bike, boat or RV policy anywhere, anytime.

Choosing coverage isn’t a DIY job.
It’s also easier to customize an insurance policy. With Progressive’s Coverage CheckerSM for car insurance, for example, you see where you might need more or less coverage, control how much coverage you buy and get information to help you make the right choice for you.

Insurance quotes do dual duty.
Now, you can also price and buy two insurance products—like home and auto insurance—in a single quote. Not only does this save you time, it might also save you money; many insurers, including Progressive, offer discounts for buying certain insurance products together.

 

Image scanning feature is currently available in about 20 states. Mobile buy option is currently available in about 40 states.