Commercial insurance buyers can expect to pay more across most lines of business for the rest of 2019 as insurers take a more disciplined approach to pricing and underwriting, according to report published by Willis Towers Watson PLC.
Catastrophe- Exposed commercial property risks with expected price increases of 15% or more, while heavy loss-hit catastrophe accounts will increase by 30% to 50% or more, Willis said in its Insurance Marketplace Realities 2019 Spring Update report. 19659002] After years of falling commercial property rates, there has been a shift in insurer attitude following the worst back-to-back catastrophe loss on record in 2017 and 2018, according to the report. a decided firming, just for benign risks, driven by two consecutive years of high cat losses, attritional losses and 1
he United States in particular, ongoing increased economic activity is boosting production and construction, the report said. There are more cars on the road and a greater number of workers employed, meaning more risks and demand for coverage, Willis Towers Watson
Another factor driving loss costs is rising business interruption values and increased costs for replacement supplies and materials, as well as labor, the brokerage said in the report.
and umbrella, the market is "strained," with deterioration loss trends affecting insurability, the report said.
Auto liability rates are expected to increase 6% to 12% for the rest of 2019, this and unprofitable line for insurers, according to the report
From 2016 through 2018, the average claim payment for bodily injury rose 6.7%, and personal injury protection claims r ose 4.8%, according to the report
“2018 will be the eighth year of a combined ratio in excess of 100 for auto lines,” Willis Towers Watson said in the report.
number of cases allegedly sleep apnea and sleep deprivation as key contributing factors in auto accidents, and employers have been found legally liable for damages as a result of not properly managing fatigue and sleep issues, according to the report. % of the workforce indicating they are sleep deprived, this is becoming a major issue for risk managers, "Willis Towers Watson said in the report.
Other casual lines are expected to see through the year due to a range of hazards . General liability is foreseen as flat to 4% higher, the liability is expected to be 2% to 6% higher, and excess liability flat to 2% higher, according to the report.
hit by significant catastrophic liability losses vote from many issues, including California wildfire, the opioid epidemic, #MeToo litigation and liberal class action certification. The effects of the wildfire losses and opioid epidemic are felt on a broad range of risks, "Willis Towers Watson said in the report.
Overall, only two lines of business are predicted to ease, and 10 have been revised further upward. since the October 2018 issue of the Willis Towers Watson report.