07/09/12

Following too close – rear-end auto collisions

Rear-end auto collisions continue to be the most-frequently reported claim in our office.  Did you know that most rear-end accidents occur when the trailing vehicle is following too close or driving at an excessive rate of speed.  Remember to always maintain at least a two- to four-second interval between your vehicle and the vehicle in […]

06/21/12

Open Windows – Child Safety

With the summer weather comes the desire to open windows and let in the fresh air. If you have young children, however, those open windows could be a source of danger – especially if you are on an upper floor. Just recently there have been several toddlers in the Portland Metro Area who have fallen […]

03/29/12

Most/Least Expensive Automobiles to Insure 2012

Is your car one of the “most” or “least” expensive cars to insure?  If you drive a Toyota Sienna, Jeep Patriot or Compass or GMC Sierra, you are probably paying less than most to insure your vehicle.  However, if are lucky enough to own a new Audi R8, Mercedes CL600 or Porsche Panamera Turbo, you […]

02/15/12

Smash & grab claims on the rise

Thefts from parked automobiles, otherwise known as, “smash and grab” losses are on the rise in the Portland and Vancouver Metro Area. Even a smart insurance agent is no match for a clever auto thief with time to kill. Just ask EPB&B President, Marc Baker, who has been the victim of two such losses in […]

08/16/11

Smart Phones: Dumb Choices

A recent survey found that 54% of people check their smart phones while driving. We are over one year into Oregon’s ban on talking and texting while driving and the sight of drivers gabbing on cell phones is still a common sight around Portland.   In a recent University of Utah study of driving and […]

01/14/11

Don’t become a real ‘road warrior’

Is road rage a medical condition?  Some therapists think so.  They call it “intermittent explosive disorder,” and group it with other kinds of angry outbursts that include threats and aggressive actions out of proportion to their cause. Whether it’s a psychiatric illness or just a bad temper, road rage can ruin your journey.  Being on […]

09/08/10

Driver Fatigue

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) calculates that drowsy or fatigued driving causes approximately 100,000 police-reported crashes and kills more than 1,550 each year.  Just last week a client of EPB&B experienced just such an accident when the driver fell asleep while operating a commercial vehicle.  His vehicle left the road and impacted two other […]

04/28/10

8 Reasons to Purchase Rental Car Collision Damage Waiver

Spring is here and summer vacations are just around the corner.  Renting a car on vacation can be fun, but who pays for the damage, should there be any, to the rental car?  It has been debated for years whether or not a person renting a vehicle should purchase the Collision (or Loss) Damage Waiver […]

03/08/10

The Underinsured Motorist

The insured was driving to work when he was hit head-on by another driver who wasn’t paying attention and accidentally crossed the center line on German Town Road.  The insured had to be pulled from his vehicle by the “jaws of life” and was life-flighted to Emanuel Trauma Unit.  He sustained a “pilon” fracture of […]

01/14/10

New law gives consumers more info when vehicle is totaled

EPB&B is reminding clients that they now have new rights if their vehicle is totaled in an accident.  Consumers often feel like they have no power when negotiating with insurance companies over totaled cars.  House bill 2190 to the rescue.  HB 2190 took effect this month, allowing drivers to get more information and leverage when negotiating […]