Executive Summary

Although commercial auto remained one of the industry's most troubled insurance lines in recent years, platooning big rigs, electric vehicles, telematic devices and computer vision cameras are putting the promise of safer roadways on the near-term horizon, experts in commercial transportation and insurance report. Opening Photo Tesla electric semi from Tesla online press kit

For several years now, the commercial auto segment has been among the property/casualty insurance industry’s worst performing lines. Wounded by a sharp uptick in claims frequency and severity and helped little by inadequate premium increases, average direct loss ratios and combined ratio hover around 66 and 110, respectively.

The market’s distress is attributed to a variety of higher loss exposures, including increasingly distracted and fatigued truck drivers and the high cost of repairing vehicles embedded with expensive collision avoidance cameras, sensors and telematics devices. The good news is that these same technologies are expected to positively alter the status quo, positioning commercial auto for a market rebound within the next five to 10 years.

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