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Blades Autographed Jersey Raffle Winner!

posted by Al Hattie Insurance    |   April 13, 2015 15:31

We have a winner! Agnes Hyde was drawn out of the raffle on April 12 to win an autographed Blades jersey. She will be entered in IBAS's province-wide contest for the grand prize of a ttrip for two to Quebec City to attend two games of the MasterCard Memorial Cup. Thanks to everyone who entered, the Blades hockey team, IBAS, the WHL, and good luck Agnes in the final draw for the tickets to Quebec City!

 

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Learning From Losses: Collision With A Locomotive

posted by Al Hattie Insurance    |   March 30, 2015 07:00

LOCATION:
Rural Saskatchewan road

CAUSE OF LOSS:
Collision with a locomotive at an uncontrolled railroad crossing

COST OF LOSS:
Total paid/reserved: $650,000. (Trailer: $50,000; Property damage to train: $600,000;
Loss of earnings/business interruption due to damage to train tracks and locomotive: undetermined)
In December, the insured was driving a load of wheat to a terminal. Distracted, he drove through an
uncontrolled rail crossing. An approaching train split the trailer in half. The insured’s package policy
protected him for $1 million of liability, which covered the loss.

LESSONS LEARNED:
Avoid financial ruin by carrying the appropriate insurance coverage; for a minor cost (an extra $30 in
this case), you can protect yourself from unnecessary loss.

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Learning From Losses: Head-On Collision

posted by Al Hattie Insurance    |   February 23, 2015 13:21

LOCATION:
Rural Saskatchewan highway


CAUSE OF LOSS:
Head-on collision

COST OF LOSS:
Total loss: $2.5 million. (Truck and horse trailer: $250,000; Property damage – horses, truck and
trailer: $2.5 million)

DETAILS OF LOSS:
A young son was driving his mother’s car on a rural Saskatchewan highway. He crossed the centre
line and collided with a semi-tractor trailer, causing the semi, trailer and cargo (competition horses)
to be deemed a total loss. The insured had basic plate coverage of $200,000 and $1 million liability
on the policy. Due to the special design of the trailer and its use, a large loss of use claim occurred.
As well, the horses were expensive animals and brought a large property damage claim of
$2.5 million. The insured was not covered for approximately $1.3 million of the claim.

LESSONS LEARNED:
Always carry the right amount of insurance for your protection – though basic plate insurance is
significant, it may be necessary to purchase more coverage to be fully protected from all losses. In
this case, for an additional $60, the total loss would have been covered.

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Facts About Auto Paks

posted by Al Hattie Insurance    |   January 12, 2015 07:00

All vehicles registered in Saskatchewan are required to be plated, which provides a high deductible and the most basic coverages and liability. But benefits provided by Auto Paks can make sure your family and your bank account is well protected in case of a serious accident. Here are some quick facts about Auto Paks:

- Make accidents affordable. Pick from a range of deductibles from $700 down to $50!

- Don't even pay the deductible! If you hit wildlife, or suffer damage due to fire, lightning or your vehicle is stolen your deductible is waived.

- Financial protection is provided through liability coverages ranging from $1 million to $5 million in the event of a law suit against you.

- Keep your family safe with coverage protecting from injury and loss equal to your liability amount (up to $2 million).

- Adding the Loss of Use coverage will keep you on the road after an accident, covering you for rental costs.

- It doesn't just cover your vehicle, but also extends to vehicles you have rented or borrowed.

- Buying Replacement or Repair cost coverage within 120 days of purchasing a new vehicle will allow you to preserve the value you paid for, fighting off depreciation.

- You can receive a discount for scheduling multiple vehicles on one policy.

 

Thinking an Auto Pak might be right for you? Get a free online quote!

 

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Two Campaigns From SGI To Make Our Roadways Safer

posted by Al Hattie Insurance    |   December 8, 2014 07:00

Our family at Al Hattie Insurance and SGI are committed to safety on the roads this holidays season. SGI is involved in two initiatives that are focused on reducing accidents and injury on Saskatchewan roadways. Both Operation Red Nose and the new Photo Speed Enforcement locations are designed for this and automobile drivers in Saskatchewan should help spread the word about both.

 

Operation Red Nose:

From Nov. 28 to Dec. 31, 2014, anyone who has been drinking and feels they are not able to drive home can call Operation Red Nose for a ride. Check operationrednose.com for the schedule in your area. A team of 3 volunteers - coordinated through the local Lions Clubs in the Battlefords, Prince Albert and Saskatoon, and the Queen City Kinsmen in Regina - will pick you up and drive you, in your own vehicle, to the destination of your choice. One volunteer drives your vehicle, a 2nd volunteer navigates and a 3rd volunteer follows in an escort vehicle to pick up the 2 volunteers once they drop you off.

While the service is free, donations are accepted and are then distributed to local youth and amateur sports initiatives in the participating city.

Impaired driving is among the leading cause of fatal collisions in Saskatchewan. If your city does not yet participate in Operation Red Nose, there are still many other options for getting home safely: take a cab, use public transit, stay the night, choose a designated driver, call a sober friend or family member, or contact another designated driving service. We also encourage other cities in Saskatchewan to take part in this initiative next year.

For Operation Red Nose service call:

The Battlefords - 306-446-2827 or 306-480-9876
Prince Albert - 306-763-6673
Saskatoon - 306-371-6693
Regina - 306-949-2400

 

Installation Work Underway At Photo Speed Enforcement Locations

Last week cameras and signs were being installed at photo speed enforcement locations around the province.

Cameras will be set up:

- Highway 12 at Martensville

- Saskatoon: Circle Drive and selected school zones

- Highway 1 east between the Pilot Butte turnoff and White City

- Regina: Ring Road and selected school zones

- Moose Jaw: school zones

"We will notify the public once the cameras are operational at these locations," said Andrew Cartmell, President and CEO of SGI. " We want people to know when the cameras are live. Our goal with this pilot is zero tickets and zero crashes."

There will be a two-month warning period where drivers caught speeding will be mailed a warning instead of a ticket. Yellow informational signs will let drivers know they are approaching a photo-speed-enforced zone. Black-and-white regulatory signs will also be posted within the zone.

For more information about the two-year photo speed enforcement pilot, visit SGI's website at www.sgi.sk.ca.

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Customer Appreciation Day June 7th In Our Parking Lot

posted by Al Hattie Insurance    |   June 5, 2014 14:33

Join us on Saturday June 7th for our mall's Customer Appreciation Day! We will be hosting a Car Seat Clinic, a free Shred-It Station (with Food Bank donation) for your documents, and a free Child Find ID Clinic. The full day's event's can be found on the flyer below. Thank you from our family for having us as your Saskatchewan Insurance Brokerage for over 30 years!

 

 

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Saskatchewan Traffic Safety Laws are Changing June 27 2014

posted by Al Hattie Insurance    |   April 17, 2014 14:44

 

In an effort to reduce the high rate of injuries and fatalities on Saskatchewan's roads, the Special Committee on Traffic Safety will see several key recommendations turn into law effective June 27, 2014. One of the primary changes will effect new drivers caught driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol, who will face a 60-day license suspension and will have their vehicle seized for three days.

"Harsher penalties are aimed at deterring the unsafe choices some Saskatchewan drivers are making," said Donna Harpauer, Minister responsible for SGI. "We want drivers to think twice before making a bad decision, like getting behind the wheel after drinking or texting while driving."

Other traffic laws being introduced in the province June 27th include:

  • Impaired drivers face user-pay installation of an ignition interlock device on their vehicle, for a minimum nine months on a first offence and up to five years for subsequent offences.
  • Drug-impaired drivers will face the same consequences as drinking drivers.
  • Drivers caught using their cellphone while driving for the second time within one year will have their vehicle seized for up to seven days.
  • Drivers will face harsher penalties when they're traveling at 35 km/h or more over the speed limit.
  • Booster seats will be mandatory for children under seven years of age, less than 145 cm (4'9") in height and under 36 kg (80 lbs) in weight.
  • Photo radar will be piloted at three high-risk locations across the province and in school zones.

Motorcyclists will also note changes, with a focus on new riders:

  • Riders in the Motorcycle Graduated Driver Licensing (MGDL) program and their passengers will be required to have their arms and legs covered, wear hand-covering gloves, ankle covering boots, and either an approved three-quarter, modular or full-face motorcycle helmet.
  • MGDL riders will have to place a placard on their license plate to indicate they are a new rider.
  • Drivers will be required to hold a Class 5 or higher driver's license before applying for a motorcycle learner's license.
  • New riders will have to demonstrate their ability to operate a motorcycle through a basic ability test or successfully complete an approved training program, before getting a motorcycle learner's license.

For more information about these traffic safety changes, visit SGI's website at www.sgi.sk.ca.

 

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Free Car Seat Clinic June 7th

posted by Al Hattie Insurance    |   March 6, 2014 14:48

We are very happy to announce that we will be holding a free car seat clinic in our office's parking lot on Saturday June 7th from 9am-3pm. Bring your vehicle, car seat and child and the registered car seat techs will make sure that your car seat is properly installed, sized and answer any additional questions you may have.

There will additionally be a Shred-It station that will dispose of any documentation in exchange for a donation to the Saskatoon Food Bank.

More details to the event will be announced in the coming months as confirmed.

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Your Auto Policy Vs Your Basic Plates

posted by Al Hattie Insurance    |   February 10, 2014 14:08

When plating and insuring your vehicle in Saskatchewan, whether it be your winter beater or your brand new SUV, it's important to understand your options and what you are getting in terms of coverage and deductible.

When purchasing an Auto Policy, you are not just plating your car, you are getting a customizable insurance policy that protects you and your family from loss not covered by basic plate insurance. You gain several key additions including:

- Increased liability coverage from $1 million to $5 million

- Lower deductibles from $500 to $50

- Waived deductibles if you hit wildlife or have damage due to fire, lightning or theft

- Rental car coverage (which includes protection against damages to the vehicle)

- Increased injury benefits

 

Additional options:

- Replacement cost coverage on brand new vehicles (must be insured within 120 days of vehicle delivery)

- If your vehicle is totaled in the first 24 months, your deductible may be waived and your vehicle is replaced

- If your vehicle is repairable, only new parts will be used

- If your vehicle is leased your original purchase price is protected, covering the difference between what you owe your leasing company and the actual cash value of the vehicle

- Loss of use coverage for alternative transportation in the event of a claim

- Road hazard glass coverage including chip repair

 

There are many examples of how an Auto Policy can provide necessary benefits in coverage. For instance, if you injure a high salaried person in a collision and must pay to supplement their lost income, Auto Policy pays for costs not covered by basic plate insurance. You may face significant financial hardship if you're found at fault for damaging someone's property or if someone gets injured.

Getting the right protection is about the best combination of basic plate insurance and an Auto Policy tailored to your needs.

 

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Individual Claims In Saskatchewan Exceeding $2 Million, Are You Covered?

posted by Al Hattie Insurance    |   November 19, 2013 15:13

We strive at Al Hattie Insurance is to ensure that as a policy holder at our office you are properly covered under your insurance to cover modern claims scenarios in Saskatchewan. In years past, $1 million in liability coverage to a home, tenant, condo, or auto policy may have seemed more than enough. Unfortunately, this year has seen several claims rising not only above the $1 million but $2 million mark. Due to this trend, we are making sure that our customers are aware of the rising cost of fire and other claims to make sure they are fully covered in case of an accident.

 

A major fire claim in May this year was one of several incidents that show that rising cost of living and growing density in the city and province inevitably are leading to higher and higher claims. As people's busy lives don't always leave them enough time to or to study the claims market, we strive to make sure that you as the insured are provided with coverage that will do what it is supposed to in case of an emergency; make sure you are going to be covered in case of incident.

 

As of Jan. 1st 2014 all home, condo, tenant, and auto policies are going to be automatically renewed with $2 million liability coverage. We have unfortunately seen claims in the province that are well exceeding the previous standard of $1 million liability coverage and we don't want you to be paying for insurance and still end up with an enormous bill at the end of the day when an accident occurs. On most policies, to raise liability coverage from $1 million to $2 million will only see an increase of $1-$2 per month per unit on your current policy. $2 million liability coverage won't be mandatory, but will now be recommended for all policies as a minimum limit. If you feel like you are at risk of needing higher coverage, it is possible to also purchase up to $10 million liability coverage when you add an 'Umbrella' liability policy.

 

If you have questions regarding your policy, getting your coverage changed or increased, or don't know what coverage is best for your needs, please call us (306-955-2700 or toll free 1-888-450-2700) or stop by our office at 3020C Arlington Ave and talk to one of us.

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