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May is Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month, designed to encourage all drivers and motorcyclists to “share the road” with each other. Safe riding practices and cooperation from all road users will help reduce the number of fatalities and injuries on our nation’s highways. But it’s especially important for motorists to understand the safety challenges faced by motorcyclists such as size and visibility, and motorcycle riding practices like downshifting and weaving to know how to anticipate and respond to them. By raising motorists’ awareness, both drivers and riders will be safer sharing the road.

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Many consumers, however, lack an understanding of the myriad and multi-faceted loss exposures associated with boat ownership. And boat lovers may mistakenly believe that coverage applies under their homeowners policy for these loss exposures. Most homeowners policies, however, only insure losses arising from certain low-valued or low-powered boats. Therefore, you should contact us before buying a boat to discuss the proper insurance protection for it. You do not want to be "underwater" when it comes to the proper watercraft insurance. Consider the following tips to assist you in this process.

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Close to half of identity theft cases are the result of a lost or stolen wallet, checkbook, credit card or other physical document. But as online shopping becomes increasing popular, it can also pose an identity risk. 
 
Victims of identity theft are often left with lower credit scores and spend months or even years getting credit records corrected. They frequently have difficulty getting credit, obtaining loans and even finding employment. Victims of identity theft fraud often travel a long and frustrating road to recovery; depending on the severity of the identity theft fraud damage, the recovery process can take anywhere from a few weeks to several years.
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Does your business employ one or more people? If so, you need to be prepared for the possibility of an employee lawsuit. Small businesses are just as vulnerable as large corporations… even family businesses aren’t immune. There are steps you can take to prevent lawsuits such as...

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As a cyclist, you've chosen a sports activity that puts you on the road with a lot of vehicles.  No one needs to tell you that drivers have a... Read more >

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In 2015, a new Massachusetts law went into effect regarding certificates of insurance.  This legislation, MGL Chapter 175L was enacted to legally clarify that insurance certificates do not and cannot modify the terms or conditions of the insurance policies they evidence. Yet, a year later, instances still occur where businesses or their clients appear either confused or unaware of the law. Outlined here are the key points of the law.

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When it's time to set the clocks forward in Spring or backward in the Fall forward for Daylight Savings Time, fire safety officials recommend checking that your smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors are in working order. Working smoke detectors decrease the risk of dying in a house fire by nearly 50%. Here are a variety of safety tips to remember.

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The House of Representatives is expected to consider and debate legislation, recently released by the Financial Services Committee, which would regulate Transportation Network Companies (TNCs) like Uber and Lyft. TNCs and their drivers would be overseen by a new regulatory “Ride For Hire Division” under the Department of Public Utilities (DPU). The new division would be responsible for licensing of the TNC companies and drivers, enforcing penalties, requiring background checks for drivers and setting forth insurance requirements that the TNC companies must carry for their drivers...

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Whether launching a new business, growing your business or competing in the global marketplace, it is essential that women business owners get the right type and amount of coverage. Without adequate insurance, a natural catastrophe, employee lawsuit or even the death of a business partner could destroy what they’ve built.

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Winter months often increase the risks of a variety of claim situations. Being proactive can help reduce the chances of having an accident or loss.  Keep in mind these 9 tips to avoid claim situations that are not only costly but can cause you significant stress.

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The information provided in these articles are only general descriptions and should not be relied upon as complete, correct or accurate for your specific situation. All coverage informaiton is subject to policy provisions, endorsements and may be  subject to your meeting underwriting qualifications. Murphy Insurance Agency is not engaged in rendering legal, accounting or other noninsurance professional services. Consult an appropriate professional for advice regarding your own situation.