There was an interesting story in the July 19 Portland Press Herald on Progressive Corp. asking to raise auto insurance rates on Maine seniors.

According to the story, “Maine’s higher-than-average rate of fatal accidents” involving seniors might be a factor behind this request. I have two problems with this reasoning:

When a senior is involved in an accident, who was at fault? Just because a senior is in an accident does not mean he or she was at fault.

I believe that Progressive wants to raise rates for seniors because there is a higher percentage of seniors in Maine than any other state, with the exception of Florida. So Progressive can line its pockets with more cash.

Are there plans to raise rates on seniors in Florida? What is the comparison of Progressive insurance rates between Maine and Florida? And what is the rate of fatal accidents involving seniors in Florida?

Dean Dakin