Those who purchased commercial insurance will have a continuous surge in pricing pressure on most business lines and a few critics on their conditions and coverage terms. People can also expect a significant reduction in insurable values due to the sudden economic activity decline.
Even though no business has yet predicted the overall and exact decrease rate, several lines still foresee the virus's ultimate impact in the downturn of the economy.
Along with the continuous increase and acceleration in steep rates, there is also a sudden spike in the scrutiny of policy forms regarding carriers demanding to reduce or limit coverage. Some underwriters continue to look at exposure more critically while declining previously offered coverage terms.
Some buyers have difficulty in obtaining several options due to low underwriter bandwidth. Companies are still planning on loss control, and buyers should know when to address particular issues before renewal. Additionally, they should be active and prepare for timeline delays that will inevitably continue to rise as the crisis lengthens.
Commercial liability, especially excess or umbrella liability, has become increasingly tricky as profitability continues to hurt from degenerating loss trends. Momentous catastrophic losses continue to shake the marketplace, particularly from:
- Auto accidents
- Sexual assault claims
- Active shooter events
- Molestation claims
- Litigation in traumatic brain injuries or concussions
It resulted in hardening rate drivers and loss ratios that are unsustainable. There is still fluidity in the pricing and underwriting guidelines with a continuous position change during the finalization of the renewal process. Several carriers react to the conditions of the market as well.
Due to the occurring pandemic, buyers should address minimum premium provisions and other issues while also reviewing policies before starting a new premium.
Unfortunately, pandemics are not included in the list of terms and conditions in insurance policies. Nevertheless, several insurance companies still willingly do their best to provide the necessary help and assistance that their customers need during these trying times.
At Brad Spurgeon Insurance Agency Inc., we put our clients first by offering them policies that they can afford. Having insurance is a necessity nowadays and we're here to help you out. Learn more about our products and services by calling our agency at (409) 945-4746. You can also request a free quote by CLICKING HERE.