Toronto High Car Insurance Rates
As they sat at the stoplight two Ontario drivers were struck from behind weeks and kilometers apart.
Both cars resulted in minor damage to the rear; both vehicles were the same, same insurance plan and both drivers were one year apart in age.
Yet the assessing cost, treating and compensation were worlds apart. One of the accidents took place in London, Ontario with the driver’s claim costing $1,674. The second accident was in Toronto and costing $51,000.
A major insurance company supplied the Toronto Star with multiple samples of accidents and claims to bring to attention the large differences in costs between Toronto and GTA area vs. the rest of the province.
Two points were mentioned: a high concentration of medical and legal services and an inadequate system of controls and incentives.
Many industry insiders mention certain clinics, lawyers and paralegals are manipulating Ontario’s complex system of multiple checks and balances, to maximize the insurance claim which increases the cost of insurance for drivers.
“The abusers take advantage of the extremely tight timelines that adjusters have to respond to requests (for treatment and assessments) by bogging us down in as much paper as possible,” says Nora Hohman with Canada General Insurance Co.
In effect Nora continues; “we can end up paying for things we never should have, or would have covered.”
The result, is the spiraling costs for relatively minor injuries in the Toronto GTA costs they must pass to all drivers.
It is mentioned that Toronto drivers face increases in auto insurance premiums of about $400 per car in coming months, on top of the average $1,680 they paid the year before. Outside of Toronto, the mean premium was $524 less last year.
Government officials are aware that Ontario’s injury benefits system has created an entirely new industry that support accident claims.
Sources say provincial cabinet ministers are about to debate changes aimed at controlling the rise in costs and avoid consumer backlash.