Tuesday, April 23, 2013

We knew it! Actuary named best job of 2013.

The jobs website CareerCast.com has named the best (and worst) jobs of 2013. Topping the list (again, yes) is actuary.

The ratings, according to this summary in the Wall Street Journal, were based on physical demands, work environment, income, stress and hiring outlook.

And there are some surprises on the list. Dental hygienist came in among the top jobs, as did veterinarian. Actors, roofers and dairy farmers are among the worst, no surprise there, but so are senior corporate executives and military generals.

The police cited the other driver, but his insurer says I'm partly at fault? How can that be?

We get a lot of consumer calls like this.

Police have the authority to issue citations based on their interpretation of the accident scene and the rules of the road. Drivers who disagree can make their case in traffic court.

But here's the key thing when it comes to insurance: A citation doesn't necessarily establish the issue of negligence, which can include factors including your own driving behavior, weather, speed and visibility. And the reality is that insurers sometimes attribute some portion of fault to both drivers rather than rely solely on who got a ticket at the scene. If an insurer does that, however, they should explain the basis for their decision.

Want to know more? Here in Washington state, the law that allows for this apportionment of fault is RCW 4.22, titled "Contributory fault."

Here's more about your rights when you file an auto insurance claim, and guidelines on what to do if you're in an accident and what to do if you're hit by an uninsured driver.