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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

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Why Choose Roadside Assistance?

Posted by Allison Ruuska on 11/10/2008 at 1:00 PM

With Roadside Assistance coverage, you don't have to worry about being stranded on the road.

Sometimes bumps in the road really are, well … bumps in the road. And when one of them blows out your tire at rush hour, you need more than a philosophical attitude to get back behind the wheel.

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Whose Car Should Your Kids Drive?

Posted by Allison Ruuska on 8/25/2008 at 1:00 PM

Consider several factors before you allow your kids to get behind the wheel of someone else's car — or before someone gets behind the wheel of your car.

With school back in session, more students will be driving to and from school during the morning and afternoon hours. Parents know they can't monitor their kids at all times, but they can work with their kids to set ground rules before young drivers hit the road. One of these rules: What cars your kids can drive. Before you let your child drive someone else's car, or before someone outside the family drives your car, consider these factors.

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What Happens If You're Involved in an Out-of-Town Accident?

Posted by Allison Ruuska on 6/23/2008 at 1:00 PM

Here's how auto insurance works if you have an accident while you're in another city or state.

It's a given that any time you get on the road and drive, there's a chance you could be involved in a car accident. If you're in another city or state, factor in unfamiliar streets, road signs, traffic and driving patterns, and your risk is even higher. Though they may not happen often, out-of-town accidents do occur. If you're involved in one, here are a few things to know.

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