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It won’t be long before self-driving cars become commonplace on Canadian roads. By the early 2020s, a number of carmakers expect to have self-driving models available for purchase. As for Canadians themselves, 37% of driving-age residents are already interested in using self-driving cars, according to a recent Insurance Bureau of Canada (IBC) poll.

This is a positive development. Experts believe that the self-driving cars will significantly lower the number of accidents on our roads and reduce traffic congestion and vehicle emissions. (It’s worth noting that 90% of collisions are caused by human error.)

Fewer accidents also means fewer accident and injury claims. However, insurance claims may also become more complicated with the rollout of self-driving cars. Moreover, there will be important changes in car insurance policies. Here’s a rough overview of the impact that self-driving cars will have on Alberta’s auto insurance industry.

Premiums may rise due to higher repair costs.

The technology used in automated cars is expensive. While there will be fewer collisions, collisions will be a more costly affair. This could lead to higher insurance premiums.

New risks will need to be factored in to insurance policies.

Collisions may result from technological issues such as network failure and cybercrime. These risks will be reflected in one’s insurance coverage.

Liability will shift from the driver to car manufacturers.

Since human error isn’t a factor in collisions caused by self-driving cars, car manufacturers and technology providers will be at fault in such circumstances. This may be taken into account in car insurance policies. For example, some insurers may choose to offer full no-fault insurance.

Claims may take longer to process.

The fallout of liability shifting to car manufacturers is that claims may take longer to process. This is because product liability litigation is more complex and lengthier than the standard collision claim. It’s probable that new laws around product liability will be introduced to address this problem. However, don’t expect this to happen in the short term.

Comprehensive Car Insurance In Edmonton

No matter what the landscape of car insurance looks like once self-driving cars are here, you can count on the team at MBS Insurance Brokers Ltd. to help you obtain customized auto insurance in Edmonton at the best price. To learn more about our services, or for a free insurance quote, contact us today.

How an Insurance Broker Saves You Time and Money

Do you know the benefits of an insurance broker?

Suppose you’re looking for the best insurance coverage at the best rates in Edmonton. In that case, you’ll first want to understand the benefits of an insurance broker and how they can help protect you in all sorts of different situations – whether it be saving you money, time or giving you simple peace of mind.

What Are the Benefits of an Insurance Broker?

Here are some of the many benefits of an insurance broker.


1. Saves Time

An insurance broker does all the work for you, so you don’t have to spend your valuable time shopping around for insurance. Instead, you simply provide your broker with information about your needs, and they shop the markets on your behalf.


2. Saves Money

Insurance brokers work with many different partners to find the best deals on the insurance that works for you. They take all your needs into account and make recommendations that are in your best interest. They have relationships with many insurance partners and can negotiate competitive rates and discounts, saving you money in the long run.

3. Expert Knowledge and Advice

An insurance broker provides you with the support and expertise you need to find coverage that suits your needs. They work with various products and services to find the coverage that best suits you. In addition, they can draw from an extensive knowledge base and experience to advise you on the best options. 

Insurance Brokers provide expert and unbiased advice. A wealth of knowledge about coverage and market rates combined with expert risk assessment ensures your possessions and business are adequately protected. Whether you are looking into auto insurance rates, tenant insurance, or home insurance rates, your insurance broker can help you every step of the way.

You can utilize their expertise to quickly identify your options and rely on their unbiased advice to help you make the best-informed decision for your situation.


4. Working For Your Best Interests

Since insurance brokers do not work with one particular company, they have nothing to gain from recommending a specific product. The insurance company also pays them a standard commission. Thus, there is no financial incentive to choose one insurer over another.

Insurance brokers have your best interests in mind. You can count on them to find you the best rate possible, which can give you the peace of mind you need. You can rest assured knowing that if you ever need to file a claim, one of our brokers will be there by your side to guide you every step of the way. They act as an advisor on insurance-related matters. They will shop the market for the best coverage and rates for you. Since fulfilling your needs is their only priority, they will provide independent, unbiased advice on the right coverage for your situation.

5. Privileged access and rates

Insurance Brokers have access to a wide selection of the best insurance companies in the country. These insurance companies are only accessible by Insurance Brokers. They do not deal with the public directly or with Direct Writers. Brokers enjoy long-standing relationships with these insurance companies. Still, they do not have an affiliation with any specific insurer, enabling brokers to provide you with a broader range of options at competitive rates.


6. Transparency

Insurance brokers must give full disclosure about their compensation and its effect on your insurance premium.  They are also required to declare any financial links with specific companies that may be a conflict of interest, enabling you to make the best-informed decision.


7. Risk and Advocacy Experience

Extensive experience dealing with different clients and claim situations equips insurance brokers with a broader perspective on how to reduce your risk. Also, in the event of a claim, you can count on your broker to act as your advocate with the insurance company and handle your claim fairly and promptly.

Speak to MBS Insurance in Edmonton about your Coverage

Reach out to MBS Insurance today to determine your home, auto, and commercial coverage options. Over the past 45 years, our experienced team of insurance brokers in Edmonton has earned the trust and loyalty of our clients by delivering superior products and services. We understand your needs and provide you with the best protection and rates.

There are many benefits of an insurance broker. We can help you understand the intricacies of your insurance plan while saving you money at the same time. We are a trusted insurance provider in Edmonton and provide personal and commercial insurance policies to people living in Alberta. We offer the best rates on recreational, auto, property, commercial, and group insurance policies. 

Contact us online for a free quote or by phone at 780-436-7880.

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This article was originally published on October 7, 2016, and updated for 2021.