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INSURANCE TERMS, EXPLAINED – FEBRUARY 2021

CONTINUED FROM JANUARY 2021

AUTO INSURANCE TERMS

AFTERMARKET PARTS: VEHICLE PARTS MADE BY A DIFFERENT COMPANY THAN THE ONE THAT MANUFACTURED THOSE ORIGINALLY INCLUDED WITH THE VEHICLE.

BODILY INJURY COVERAGE: COVERS EXPENSES FOR PHYSICAL INJURIES, SUCH AS HOSPITAL BILLS OR MEDICAL CARE.

COLLISION COVERAGE: THIS PAYS FOR DAMAGE TO A VEHICLE CAUSED BY YOU OR SOMEONE ELSE COVERED BY YOUR POLICY.

COMPREHENSIVE COVERAGE: IF YOUR VEHICLE IS DAMAGED BY SOMETHING YOU COULD NOT CONTROL, SUCH AS FIRE OR A TREE FALLING, COMPREHENSIVE COVERAGE APPLIES.

PIP(PERSONAL INJURY PROTECTION): THIS PAYS MEDICAL EXPENSES FOR A POLICYHOLDER, OR ADDITIONAL INSURED, AND THEIR PASSENGERS, IF THEY ARE HURT IN AN AUTO ACCIDENT, REGARDLESS OF WHO IS AT FAULT.

UNINSURED/UNDERINSURED MOTORIST(UIM): PAYS FOR YOUR DAMAGES AND EXPENSES IF ANOTHER DRIVER IS AT FAULT IN AN ACCIDENT BUT DOES NOT HAVE ENOUGH INSURANCE TO COVER YOUR COSTS.

 

 

HOME INSURANCE TERMS

 

ADDITIONAL LIVING EXPENSES: COVERAGE FOR EXPENSES ABOVE YOUR USUAL LIVING EXPENSES, SUCH AS IF YOU HAD TO STAY IN A HOTEL BECAUSE YOU CNT’ LIVE IN YOUR DAMAGED HOME.

FLOOD INSURANCE: TYPICALLY, STANDARD HOMEOWNERS POLICIES DO NOT PROVIDE COVERAGE FOR FLOODING-IT MUST BE PURCHASED SEPERATELY.

HOME CONTENTS: THESE ARE THINGS INSIDE YOUR HOUSE THAT ARE NOT FIXED TO THE STRUCTURE, SUCH AS YOUR FURNITURE, APPLIANCES, ECT.

SCHEDULED PERSONAL PROPERTY:  SEPARATE COVERAGE FOR HIGH-VALUE ITEMS, SUCH AS EXPENSIVE JEWELRY, THAT EXCEEDS THE LIMITS OF YOUR POLICY OR ARE OTHERWISE EXCLUDED.

CATASTROPHE: A DISASTER, SUCH AS A HURRICANE OR TORNADO, THAT IMPACTS A SPECIFIC AREA AND RESULTS IN SIGNIFICANT DAMAGE.

PERIL: A SPECIFICALLY DEFINED RISK, SUCH AS HAIL, FLOODING, WIND, ETC.

 

IF SOMETHING IS NOT CLEAR WHEN YOUR’E BUYING OR CONSIDERING INSURANCE, DON’T BE AFRAID TO ASK QUESTIONS!!  WE ARE HERE TO HELP YOU GET THE COVERAGE YOU NEED- AND MAKE SURE YOU UNDERSTAND IT, TOO.

 

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INSURANCE TERMS, EXPLAINED – January 2021

MED PAY? PIP? DEC PAGES?

WITH ALL KINDS OF DIFFERENT COVERAGES FOR ALL KINDS OF DIFFERENT NEEDS, INSURANCE

CAN BE VERY CONFUSING.  AND TO MAKE IT EVEN MORE CHALLENGING, AT TIMES IT

PROBABLY SEEMS LIKE INSURANCE WEBSITES AND POLICY DOCUMENTS ARE WRITTEN IN A COMPLETELY FOREIGN LANGUAGE.

HERE IS A LITTLE BASIC KNOWLEDED ABOUT INSURANCE.  BELOW ARE DEFINITIONS FOR SOME COMMON TERMS THET WILL HELP YOU UNDERSTAND YOUR COVERAGE A LITTLE BETTER.

GENERAL INSURANCE TERMS

. ACTUAL CASH VALUETHIS TYPE OF COVERAGE PAYS ACCORDING TO WHAT AN ITEM WAS WORTH AT THE TIME IT WAS DAMAGED-IT TAKES DEPRECIATION AND WEAR AND TEAR INTO ACCOUNT. FOR EXAMPLE, IF YOU COULD HAVE SOLD YOUR COUCH FOR ABOUT $200 JUST BEFORE IT WAS DAMAGED, THAT IS THE ACTUAL CASH VALUE, EVEN IF A SIMILAR NEW COUCH WOULD COST $1000.

. ACTUAL REPLACEMENT COST: THIS PAYS THE AMOUNT IT WOULD COST TO REPLACE A DAMAGED ITEM WITH A NEW ONE (SUCH AS THE $1000 COUCH ABOVE). IT DOES NOT FACTOR IN DEPRECIATION OR WEAR AND TEAR.

.ADDITIONAL INSURED: SOMEONE WHO IS NOT THE POLICYHOLDER, BUT IS STILL COVERED BY AN INSURANCE POLICY.

ADJUSTER: A PERSON WHOI WORKS FOR AN INSURANCE COMPANY TO EVALUATE LOSSES AND SETTLE CLAIMS.

DECLARATION PAGE: THIS IS WHAT CREATES A CONTRACT BETWEEN YOU AND THE INSURANCE COMPANY. IT DESCRIBES WHO OWNS THE PROPERTY, WHAT PROPERTY IS COVERED AND FOR HOW MUCH, ETC.

DEDUCTIBLE:  THE AMOUNT YOU AGREE TO PAY OUT OF POCKET BEFORE YOUR INSURANCE COVERAGE KICKS IN. FOR EXAMPLE, IF THE COST YOU TO FIX YOUR CAR IS $2000, BUT YOUR DEDUCTIBLE IS $1000, YOU WILL PAY $1000 OF THE TOTAL COST. TYPICALLY, A HIGHER DEDUCTIBLE MEANS A LOWER PREMIUM.

EXCLUSION:  SOMETHING SPECIFICALLY LISTED IN YOUR POLICY THAT IS NOT COVERED BY THE POLICY.

LIABILITY: YOUR RESPONSIBILITY FOR INJURIES OR DAMAGE TO OTHER PEOPLE OR PROPERTY. YOU PURCHASE INSURANCE TO PROTECT AGAINST LIABILITY AND OTHER RISKS.

MED PAY: THIS PAYS FOR MEDICAL EXPENSES FOR THOSE COVERED BY YOUR POLICY IN THE EVENT OF AN AUTO ACCIDENT, REGARDLESS OF WHO IS AT FAULT. IT ALSO COVERS MEDICAL EXPENSES FOR GUEST IF THEY ARE INJURED ON YOUR PROPERTY, BUT UNLESS IT IS A CAR ACCIDENT, IT USUALLY DOES NOT COVER INJURIES SOMEONE  SUFFERS ON THEIR OWN PROPERTY.

LOSS OF USE: WHEN DAMAGE FROM AN ACCIDENT OR OTHER CAUSE PREVENTS SOMEONE FROM BEING ABLE TO LIVE IN THEIR HOME OR DRIVE THEIR CAR.

PREMIUM: THE AMOUNT YOU PAY FOR AN INSURANCE POLICY.

TERM: THE PERIOD OF TIME YOUR INSURANCE POLICY IS IN EFFECT, USUALLY 12 MONTHS.

SUBROGATION: WHEN AN INSURANCE COMPANY PAYS A CLAIM, AND THEN SEEKS DAMAGES FROM A THIRD PARTY WHO WAS RESPONSIBLE FOR CAUSING THE DAMAGE OR LOSS. FOR EXAMPLE, YOUR INSURANCE COMPANY MIGHT PAY FOR YOUR CAR TO BE FIXED EVEN THOUGH AN ACCIDENT WASN’T YOUR FAULT-AND THEN PURSUE REIMBURSEMENT FROM THE PERSON WHO IS AT FAULT.

UMBRELLA: A POLICY THAT PROVIDES ADDITIONAL LIABILITY COVERAGE. IT KICKS N AFTER YOUR OTHER INSURANCE POLICIES HAVE REACHED COVERAGE LIMITS.

UNDERWRITING: THE EVALUATION PROCESS INSURANCE COMPANIES USE TO DETERMINE IF THEY WILL PROVIDE COVERAGE TO A CUSTOMER.

Car Insurance and Deer Accidents – Am I Covered?

Car Insurance and Deer Accidents – Am I Covered?

This is an excerpt from the article “Car Insurance and Deer Accidents”. For more information, please visit www.about.com for more info.

Am I covered? Deer accidents are covered under the comprehensive coverage of your insurance policy. If you are unsure of your coverage, locate your declarations page to verify. A quick phone call to your agent or customer service representative can also clarify what coverage you have listed on your vehicle.

Sometimes after a deer accident, a tow may be required. If you have comprehensive coverage, the tow will automatically be covered as part of the claim. If you do not have comprehensive coverage, but have roadside assistance, your tow will be covered. No comprehensive coverage plus no roadside assistance, means you will be on your own for both the damage of your vehicle and the tow.

Car Insurance and Deer Accidents – Will It Affect My Insurance Rate?

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Car Insurance and Deer Accidents – Will It Affect My Insurance Rate?

This is an excerpt from the article “Car Insurance and Deer Accidents.” For more info, please visit www. about.com.

Will it affect my insurance rate? Unfortunately, a definite answer across the board of insurance carriers is not available. Insurance companies have varying rules on comprehensive claims. Many times, comprehensive claims do not affect your insurance rate, but it is something you will have to verify with your carrier.

Deer accidents are frequent in many areas of the U.S. Knowing how to react when you see a deer can minimize your injuries and insurance bills. Know what your coverage is before a claim arises. Understanding how much your deductibles are and when they apply will prevent a lot of hassle. Speak with your agent or customer service representative if you have any questions about your coverage.

Car Insurance and Deer Accidents

Car Insurance and Deer Accidents

The following is an excerpt taken from the article, “Car Insurance and Deer Accidents” For more information please visit carinsurance.about.com.

The number of lawsuits The number of deer related accidents spike every fall. Deer auto accident statistics are staggering. Deer have a mind of their own and react unexpectedly. The only thing you can control is your own reaction to seeing a deer in your path. Prepare yourself for a potential deer accident and learn the answers to common questions regarding your insurance.

deer_on_roadshutterstock_111051494Should I swerve to avoid hitting a deer? No! Never swerve to miss hitting a deer. A lot more damage and injury is at stake if you swerve to attempt avoiding impact with a deer. Once you swerve, you are at a much greater risk of hitting oncoming traffic, a tree, light post, mailbox, or ditch. The damage from hitting a deer is often minimal in comparison to hitting one of these other objects. Injury is also a lot more probable when you swerve to miss a deer.

The consequences for swerving to miss a deer can be significant in regards to your insurance policy too. Hitting an inanimate object with your vehicle is a collision. Collision accidents often come with higher deductibles and higher surcharges.

Swerving to miss a deer is a natural reaction. It takes focus to consider all the repercussions of swerving. A deer can cause major damage to your vehicle and cause injury, but the potential is much greater if you plow into a tree. Take your foot off the gas and keep a straight course to reduce damage and higher insurance rates.

Am I covered? Deer accidents are covered under the comprehensive coverage of your insurance policy. If you are unsure of your coverage, locate your declarations page to verify. A quick phone call to your agent or customer service representative can also clarify what coverage you have listed on your vehicle.

Sometimes after a deer accident, a tow may be required. If you have comprehensive coverage, the tow will automatically be covered as part of the claim. If you do not have comprehensive coverage, but have roadside assistance, your tow will be covered. No comprehensive coverage plus no roadside assistance, means you will be on your own for both the damage of your vehicle and the tow.

Do I have a deductible? Comprehensive coverage is often purchased with a deductible. Some companies do offer a zero deductible, so it depends on how you set your policy up. Comprehensive is less expensive than collision and is often sold with a lower deductible. If you have a deductible listed on comprehensive, it will definitely apply to a deer auto accident. Check your declarations page or call your agent to verify what your deductible is listed at.

Do I need a police report? Police reports are handy with any insurance claim; however, usually they are not required for a comprehensive claim to be paid out. It is recommended to get a police report especially if you have hit multiple deer recently. Documentation makes the claim process cut and dry. If you are able to get a report filed with the police department, get it done.

Will it affect my insurance rate? Unfortunately, a definite answer across the board of insurance carriers is not available. Insurance companies have varying rules on comprehensive claims. Many times, comprehensive claims do not affect your insurance rate, but it is something you will have to verify with your carrier.

Deer accidents are frequent in many areas of the U.S. Knowing how to react when you see a deer can minimize your injuries and insurance bills. Know what your coverage is before a claim arises. Understanding how much your deductibles are and when they apply will prevent a lot of hassle. Speak with your agent or customer service representative if you have any questions about your coverage.

Teen Driving Safety: Graduated Driver Licensing Saves Lives

Teen Driving Safety: Graduated Driver Licensing Saves Lives

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GDL is a novice driver licensing system that is proven effective at reducing teen drivers’ high crash risk by 20-40%. States with stronger, comprehensive GDL systems see a higher reduction in teen crashes. GDL reduces teen driver exposure to high crash risk situations, such as nighttime driving and teen passengers. This allows new drivers to build experience and skills in lower-risk conditions.

Graduated Driver Licensing: A Proven Road to Improved Teen Safety

The National Safety Council is a leader in promoting Graduated Driver Licensing [visit to review and download helpful pdf:  nsc.org] (GDL).

Car Seat Recommendations for Children

Car Seat Recommendations for Children

There are many car seat choices on the market. Use the information below to help you choose a car seat that best meets your child�s needs.

age size chart

Birth – 12 Months

Your child under age 1 should always ride in a rear-facing car seat. There are different types of rear-facing car seats: Infant-only seats can only be used rear-facing. Convertible and 3-in-1 car seats typically have higher height and weight limits for the rear-facing position, allowing you to keep your child rear-facing for a longer period of time.


1 – 3 Years

Keep your child rear-facing as long as possible. It�s the best way to keep him or her safe. Your child should remain in a rear-facing car seat until he or she reaches the top height or weight limit allowed by your car seat�s manufacturer. Once your child outgrows the rear-facing car seat, your child is ready to travel in a forward-facing car seat with a harness.


4 – 7 Years

Keep your child in a forward-facing car seat with a harness until he or she reaches the top height or weight limit allowed by your car seat�s manufacturer. Once your child outgrows the forward-facing car seat with a harness, it�s time to travel in a booster seat, but still in the back seat.


8 – 12 Years

Keep your child in a booster seat until he or she is big enough to fit in a seat belt properly. For a seat belt to fit properly the lap belt must lie snugly across the upper thighs, not the stomach. The shoulder belt should lie snug across the shoulder and chest and not cross the neck or face. Remember: your child should still ride in the back seat because it�s safer there.

 

 

What is needed for Filing for Abatement on your Vehicle

IF FILING FOR ABATEMENT, PLEASE PROVIDE ONE OF THE FOLLOWING DOCUMENTS:

• Vehicle sold or traded: Bill of sale and plate return receipt from the RMV or new registration form if plate

Transferred

 

• Vehicle stolen or total loss: Police report or insurance settlement letter and plate return receipt, C-19 form

(Affidavit of Loss or Stolen Plate from RMV) or new registration

 

• Vehicle repossessed: Notice from lien holder and plate return receipt, C-19 form or new registration.

 

• Vehicle junked: Receipt from junk yard and plate return receipt, C-19 form or new registration.

• Moved out of state: Date of move and registration from new state.