July is cruelest month for motorcycle drivers, insurance data shows
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New Jersey motorcycle drivers heading out on the highway looking for adventure this month may want to throttle down that engine.

Nationwide, July had the most motorcycle accidents of any month in 2013, according to five years of data compiled by Progressive insurance.

And while the July 4 holiday may have accelerated your spirit of liberty and drive for the open road, it should also serve as a caution light. The same data from Progressive revealed that July 5 through 7 was the most dangerous three-day period of the year, tallying the highest number of motorcycle insurance claims and crashes.

Ohio-based Progressive, the largest seller of motorcycle insurance, said the data also showed that Mondays had the most motorcycle claims and thefts of any day of the week. That may be because the incidents that took place over the weekend were not processed or reported until the start of the work week.

Scott Hall, Progressive’s motorcycle product manager, said bikers should pay close attention to their surroundings to spot any potentially dangerous situations. “Particularly in heavily-wooded areas with animals and at intersections,” Hall said. “Be cognizant of riding in blind spots of cars and trucks since you’re so much lower to the ground,” he said.

In New Jersey, more than two-thirds of all motorcycle crashes involve excessive speed, and more…………… continues on The Star-Ledger

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Mass. Motorcycle Owners To Receive $ 14.6M In Insurance Refunds
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BOSTON – Thousands of Massachusetts motorcycle owners will receive a total of $ 14.6 million in insurance refunds as a result of a settlement with Commerce Insurance Company after allegedly being overcharged on their policies, Attorney General Martha Coakley announced today.

The AG’s Office has now obtained a total of $ 57.4 million for consumers as a result of its four-year motorcycle insurance investigation. The investigation, which began with a single consumer complaint, has led to settlements with 19 insurance companies since 2010, and generated refunds on more than 150,000 Massachusetts policies. Today’s settlement with Commerce is the largest motorcycle settlement reached by the AG’s Office and will provide refunds to more than 40,000 policyholders. Commerce, which was acquired by MAPFRE in 2008, is presently the largest writer of automobile insurance in Massachusetts.

“Our extensive investigation into these insurance companies has resulted in the return millions of dollars to thousands of Massachusetts motorcycle owners,” AG Coakley said. “Identifying these troubling…………… continues on Insurance News Net

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