“(b) In settling a liability claim by a third party against an insured for property damage claimed by the third party, an insurer, an employee or agent of an insurer, an insurance adjuster, or an entity that employs an insurance adjuster may not: (1) require the third-party claimant to have repairs made by a particular repair person or facility; [or] (2) require the third-party claimant to use a particular brand, type, kind, age, vendor, supplier, or condition of parts or products to repair damage to the vehicle to the vehicle's condition before the damage occurred; (3) intimidate, coerce, or threaten the third-party claimant to induce the claimant to use a particular repair person or facility; or (4) offer an incentive or inducement, other than a warranty issued by a repair person or facility, for the third-party claimant to use a particular repair person or facility.”
HB1348 would also prohibit insurers from requiring an insured to travel to a repair shop at a distance considered inconvenient and would prevent insurers from being able to: “(4) offer, communicate, or suggest in any manner that a particular repair person or facility will provide faster repair times, faster service, or more efficient claims handling than another repair person or facility; or (5) disregard a repair operation or cost identified by an estimating system, including the system's procedural pages and any repair, process, or procedure recommended by the original equipment manufacturer of a part or product.”
At 2 p.m., HABA and ABAT members held a rally in front of the wrecked Honda Fit involved in the infamous $42 million John Eagle Collision lawsuit.
Kopriva shared, “We provided information on the crash, and a sign on the car reminded everyone of the importance of safe and proper repairs. Representative Clardy made statements regarding his support for HB1348 again.”
As the day concluded, attendees circulated around the Capitol Building to distribute information and branded items.
Kopriva added, “It was a very productive day, and now we are in the process of planning our next phase, which will address how to handle the bill when it is read.”
Tuggle believes these types of events are important to the associations’ memberships and the industry as a whole because “associations are designed to fight for their members and make their industry better. It’s what their membership dollars are paying for.”