The Senate voted 29-8 Monday to pass a bill that could lower auto insurance rates by limiting damage suits by people injured in car wrecks.LitigationLiabilityLegislation & Regulation
The bill by Sen. Kirk Talbot, R-River Ridge, would change aspects of Louisianas tort laws that Republican lawmakers and business lobbyists say make it too easy to file lawsuits after car accidents.
Louisiana drivers pay the second highest car insurance premiums in the nation, after Michigan.
Insurance Commissioner Jim Donelon said the bill would reduce insurance rates by at least 10%, and rates could be reduced by as much as 25% in some cases.
Some Democrats said the bill should mandate a minimum reduction of 25%, but Republicans opposed pushing for reductions of more than 10% from most companies.