Allstate Maryland auto accident insurance refunds

Donald Saiontz

By Donald Saiontz
Posted October 23, 2006


Drivers with Maryland auto accident insurance coverage through Allstate may be entitled to refunds.  (see Baltimore Sun Article).  The Maryland Insurance Administration has ordered that $17.5 million in premiums be sent back to drivers whose rates were raised without proper notice required by the state.  Over 20,000 drivers may receive refunds averaging $850.00 each if their insurance premiums were increased after they caused an accident or received a speeding ticket.

Maryland auto accident insurance laws require that drivers receive notice of premium increases containing specific language.  The requirement is designed to protect Maryland drivers from arbitrary and improper rate increases.  The Maryland Insurance Administration (MIA) began this investigation after receiving complaints from several drivers insured with Allstate.  As a result of the widespread violations, Allstate was not only ordered to refund the premiums, but has also been fined $100,000 for their conduct (which is close to the maximum fined which can be imposed by the MIA).

After 30 years as a Maryland auto accident lawyer who deals with Allstate every day, it is not surprising that they would attempt to increase their profits at the expense of their own customers.  Our attorneys have had to take Allstate to court thousands of times in cases where they did not treat our clients fairly.  It turns out that Maryland drivers who choose to do business with Allstate also need to worry whether they are being treated fairly.

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