Distracted Driving Awareness Month

distracted driving

April is National Distracted Driving Awareness Month. The latest statistics show motor vehicle fatalities are up 6% from 2015. More than 40,000 people were killed on our nation’s roadways last year, and distracted driving is a major contributor. We at Anastasi Insurance are constantly on the road – whether it’s driving to the Registry or out to visit a client – we have a no tolerance policy for driving while distracted. The safety of our employees and others on the road are at the upmost importance.

If you do not have a distracted driving policy in place already please contact us to provide you one or if you would simply like a review of your current plan, call us and ask for one of our advisors.

Each death is 100% preventable. From cell phones to dashboard infotainment systems to evolving voice command features – all pose a threat to our safety. Just one second of your attention is all takes to change a life forever.

This is a united effort to recognize and eliminate preventable deaths from distracted driving. Join us to help save lives.

You can pledge to your children or other loved ones that you will be an attentive driver. Share your pledge on social media if you’d like.

Check out nsc.org/justdrive for more information on how you can spread awareness. #JUSTDRIVE

Over the past 20 years, many businesses have considered us an extension of their own back office, where we have consistently saved them time and money by obtaining comprehensive coverage at the lowest possible cost – year after year. With that, we provide the peace of mind in knowing that your business is properly protected. Who are we? We are a hand-picked group of insurance professionals that take the time to slow down and understand you and your business. What do we do once we know you? Backed by the region’s largest insurance exchange – with over $600,000,000.00 in written premium – we leverage our buying power with the intimate knowledge of your operation to secure the best prices while ensuring you are properly protected.

Two Real Life Examples of Why You Need Professional Liability Insurance

I am a Contractor, not a Doctor… why would I need to purchase Professional Liability Insurance?

The answer to that question is not an easy Yes or No. It has a lot to do with the contracts you sign as well as the services that you provide.

First let’s talk about what your general liability policy will provide for coverage.  A typical general liability policy provides coverage for claims brought against you that result in bodily injury and property damage. Bodily injury is obvious, but with property damage not so much. A loss has to be to tangible property of others first and only then will a financial loss be considered.


Real Life Example #1:

An electrical contractor recently installed a switch gear package which after installation caused a fire that prevented the plant from opening in time. This resulted in a loss of revenue to the owner. No problem; because there was property damage to others there will be coverage for the lost income of the owner.

If instead the electrician sizes a circuit incorrectly and that mistake causes no tangible physical damage but the plant is unable to open for two weeks to diagnose the problem. There will be no coverage under the general liability policy for the loss of income.

Ok, so now the other more significant exposure for our contractor. Today’s general liability policies do not provide coverage for bodily injury and property damage (tangible or not) when the contractor has gone beyond the role of delivering services considered ‘traditional methods and means of construction’ to providing ‘professional services’ Methods and Mean-In the Engineers Domain?.

Here is an example

Real Life Example #2:

A HVAC contractor installs a cooling unit that is not sized properly for the location/use of occupancy. As a result, mold forms and damages the building’s interior and causes sickness to the workers; remediation, bodily injury, loss of income, etc….all excluded. The insurance company will likely take the position that the contractor went outside his/her normal scope of competency to provide ‘ordinary methods and means of construction’ and instead provided services of a ‘professional nature’. Sounds like this is a claim that will end of in court and the legal fees to get there will be paid by the contractor.


Over the last 25 years contracting in most trade groups has become a sophisticated and complicated business. The technical nature of their business may from time to time take them out of the traditional role of delivering a finished product exclusively using ordinary methods and means and instead has them performing services that would be considered ‘professional’ in nature. Even when a contractor employs an engineer to provide the professional services required of the contract, as found in design build projects, the mistakes of the engineer will cause the contractor to be named in a law suit. Unfortunately the contractor will have no defense cost covered if the basis of the claim is the failing to render what would be considered professional services. And if you think that you, the contractor, can be named as an additional insure under the engineers professional liability policy that is very unlikely.

Ok so how to you avoid this

Recommendations on how to make sure you are fully protected:

  • Avoid the Owner that is in a rush to get the job done and does not hire an engineer when you know he should and tells you just do it as you see fit.
  • Carefully review your contracts to make certain there are no inferences imposing professional liability exposures on the work you are asked to perform.
  • Review your policies carefully and attempt to have all professional liability exclusions removed.
  • When it becomes necessary to hire an engineer as part of your design build contract make sure you are dealing with a reputable firm with limits of liability at least equal to your general liability limits.
  • Obtain quotes for professional liability insurance at each renewal with limits equal to your limits of liability insurance.
  • Review your professional liability policies carefully. One of the most important items is the description in the policy of the services that you render.
  • Make sure your agent has professional liability insurance.


Here are a couple of articles that take a deeper dive into this subject

Construction Industry Updates-Contractors Professional Liability

Professional Liability-Are Contractors Adequately Protected

Please feel free to contact me with any questions

Regain Confidence In Your Audits

The mere sound of having an audit done sends shivers up the spine of most business owners, especially those in the construction and transportation industries.  Knowing that it has the likelihood of increased insurance costs, some business owners avoid the audit like the plague. However, dealing with the audit aggressively from a position of knowledge and understanding can temper the effects of any audit

I recently had the opportunity of discussing this very subject with Jon Coppleman. Jon is a leading authority on classifying payrolls for the construction and transportation businesses. For more than 20 years Jon has been drafting and delivering user friendly training in all aspects of workers compensation nationally. He has worked with Fortune 500 companies and Main Street businesses across the country. We are fortunate to have Jon available for our most complex comp issues.

There are many moving parts to making sure that you are in compliance and that you are taking advantage of appropriate classifications and discounts available including…

  •  The wise use of deductibles
  • Proper record keeping when an employee has multiple duties
  • Transfer of risk strategies with temp labor forces, independent contractors and sub-contractors
  • Confirming the proper calculation of your experience mod
  • Analyzing the application of the Construction Classification Credit
  • Effects of operating in multiple states

…..just to name a few

Make sure that your agent is closely involved in this process. We will routinely require that the audit takes place in our office after compiling the information necessary for its completion. This allows complete control over the process and affords thoughtful response to the questions posed by the insurance company representative.

Check out my complete interview with Jon to get a more comprehensive look into how you can get the best results from your audit.

If you feel that you have been overcharged on your current or a previous audit please contact us for a consultation.

I sat down with Jon Coppleman from Renaissance Alliance, to discuss a frequently asked question…

Should you pay your Workers’ Compensation claim?

Jon Copplemen, for more than 20 years has been drafting and delivering user friendly training in all aspects of workers compensation nationally. He has worked with Fortune 500 companies and Main Street businesses across the country. We are fortunate to have Jon available for our most complex comp issues.

As a nationally recognized expert in Workers Compensation, Jon gives good advice to any business owner on the question whether an employer should file a claim or not.

Many times when an employee suffers a minor injury the employer may often elect to pay this claim out of pocket and not to notify the insurance company.

As you will learn,  this is a risk not worth taking for most, if any, employee injuries.

For more information please do not hesitate to contact me at panastasi@anastasiinsurance.com

ALERT: No RMV Services on Thurs. 3/22 @ 7 p.m. – Mon. 3/26 @ 8 a.m.

Attention to our MASSACHUSETTS insureds. The RMV is updating their computer system and will be CLOSED 3/22/18 at 7:00 PM – 3/26/18. Non-public safety services will be unavailable and the RMV will NOT process transactions. Services include:

  • All RMV Service Centers
  • All AAA offices that offer RMV services
  • ONLINE Services (no online transaction)
  • All inspections stations that conduct vehicle inspections
  • All dealerships that register and inspect vehicles on behalf of the RMV

For more details check out: https://www.mass.gov/service-details/alert-no-rmv-services

Please contact us TODAY if you have any urgent RMV needs. 800-237-1378

We are looking to expand our Commercial Lines Team! 

Commercial Lines Insurance Account Representative

The ideal Insurance candidate will have:

·   Experience in rating and underwriting all lines commercial lines insurance
·   Licensed in Property and Casualty
·   Familiar with multiple insurance company rating platforms
·   Knowledge of FMCSA Safety Measurement System (SMS)
·   Experienced with IRP registration and processing 2290 returns
·   Able to rate multi state with AIPSO
·   Communicating effectively with business owners
·   Work effectively in a team environment
·   Willing to engage in continuing education

Job Type: Full-time

To learn more about our agency visit www.anastasiinsurance.com

Anastasi Insurance Agency, Inc. is always encouraging innovation and embracing change, you will find this a challenging environment. We support & encourage career advancement in our rapidly growing agency.

Apply via LinkedIn:  https://www.linkedin.com/jobs/view/586843383/

Or send resume to panastasi@anastasiinsurance.com

All nominations, expressions of interest, and discussions will be treated with strict confidence