Entries by Banas & Fickert

New Distracted Driving Law in Massachusetts

As of February 23, 2020, Massachusetts law will prohibit drivers and cyclists from using any electronic device, such as a cell phone, unless the device is in hands-free mode. Police will give operators a grace period through the end of March, issuing only warnings to first time offenders rather than fines. Are you prepared for […]

Life Insurance and Overdoses

Massachusetts is one of the top ten states with the highest rates of opioid overdose deaths. While intervention has led to a recent downward trend in overdoses, they still occur at a much higher rate than 5 years ago. The opioid crisis has reached into every corner of society, catching family members and friends off […]

Unconventional Insurance Policies

When it comes to purchasing insurance, most of us probably focus on auto, homeowners, and health coverage. After all, damage to our cars, our houses, and our wellness can cause catastrophe financial woes. With Halloween just around the corner, we thought we’d highlight some unusual, even weird, insurance policies that you probably didn’t know existed.

Auto Insurance Exclusions

Many drivers assume that their auto insurance policies cover a lot more than they actually do, and they only learn the truth after their claims are denied by their insurance carriers. If you’re unsure what your policy does and does not cover, it’s best to go over your insurance agreement with a qualified agent. However, […]

My Car Was Stolen… What Do I Do?

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), 773,139 cars were reported stolen in 2017—that’s one report every 40.9 seconds. On average 59.1% of locally-stolen vehicles are recovered, though their conditions can vary greatly. If your car was stolen, would you know what to do? Here are the general steps you should follow.

Injury Prevention for Desk Workers

You’ve no doubt heard someone say “Sitting is the new smoking.” Numerous studies have shown the detriments of a sedentary lifestyle: increased risk for back problems, osteoporosis, obesity, heart disease, diabetes, and some types of cancer, even double of the risk of premature death. Though office work won’t be found on any top 10 lists […]

What Is Insurance Bundling?

Getting a good deal on your homeowners and auto insurance premiums—while carefully ensuring the proper coverage for your most precious assets—is every consumer’s goal. These types of insurance policies protect some of the most important possessions in our lives, so deciding to be sufficiently covered and yet save money is a worthy task. One of […]