There’s no doubt that there’s an overwhelming amount of information online regarding auto insurance. The important thing is to separate the misinformation from your "insuring agreement". Here are a few facts your should know for understanding auto insurance in a smart and reasonable way.

Automobile

Liability Coverage

The liability coverage of the personal auto policy provides protection against legal liability arising out of the ownership or operation of an automobile. The insuring agreement agrees to pay damages for bodily injury or property damage for which the insured is legally responsible because of an automobile accident.

 

The liability limit can be written as a single limit that applies to both bodily injury and property damage. The policy can also be written with split limits in which the limits of insurance for bodily injury and property damage are stated separately.

 

The insuring agreement also states that in addition to the payment of damages for which the insured is legally liable, the insurer also agrees to defend the insured for all legal defense costs. The defense cost is in addition to the policy limits.

 

Medical Payments Coverage

The insuring agreement states that the insurer will pay all reasonable and necessary medical and funeral expenses incurred by an insured because of bodily injury caused by an accident. Payment can be made for expenses incurred within three years from the date of the accident. The insured is the named insured and family members, and any other person injured while occupying a covered auto. Pedestrians or cyclists are also considered the insured when struck by a vehicle. These payments are made without regard to fault.

 

Uninsured Motorist Coverge

This insuring agreement pays for bodily injury to an insured who is injured by an uninsured motorist, a hit-and-run driver, or a driver whose insurer becomes insolvent. Some states offer coverage for property damage as part of the uninsured motorist coverage. Usually when property damage is added a deductible would apply. 

 

Underinsured Motorist Coverage

This coverage can be added to the policy to supplement the uninsured motorist coverage. The coverage must be added to all automobiles listed on the policy, and it must be added for the same limit as the Uninsured Motorist Coverage. Underinsured motorist coverage applies when a negligent driver has liability limits at the time of an accident, but the liability limits carried may be insufficient to pay for damages that the negligent driver is responsible for. This is when the insured's underinsured motorists coverage would apply and payment for the difference could be made. The two coverages are mutually exclusive and do not overlap or duplicate each other. An insured can collect under one coverage or the other depending on the situation, but not under both. 

 

Collision

This coverage provides protection against the upset of your auto or non-owned auto or a collision with another vehicle or object. Collision losses are paid regardless of fault.
 

Specified Cause of Loss

This coverage provides protection only for certain losses. The losses are fire, lightning, explosion, theft, windstorm, hail, earthquake, flood, mischief, vandalism, and the sinking, burning, collision, or derailment of a conveyance transporting the insured vehicle.

 

Comprehensive

This coverage provides protection against any loss or damage to a covered auto resulting from loss other than a collision or upset, or a loss specifically excluded. This coverage also provides for supplemental payments for transportation expenses in the event of total theft of a covered auto or a non-owned auto. The auto must be insured for comprehensive or specified cause of loss coverage. Coverage begins forty-eight hours after a theft of a covered auto. Payments end when the auto is returned to use or the insurer pays for its loss.

 

Rental Reimbursement (Extended Transportation Expense)

This coverage applies when a covered auto or non-owned auto is withdrawn from use more than twenty-four hours due to a loss, other than theft. The insuring agreement agrees to pay up to the stated amount for expenses incurred in renting a vehicle. The coverage usually carries a per day limit and a maximum amount limit

 

Towing and Labor

This coverage pays for towing and labor cost each time a covered auto or non-owned auto is disabled, up to the stated amount.

 

Comprehensive

This coverage provides protection against any loss or damage to a covered auto resulting from loss other than a collision or upset, or a loss specifically excluded. This coverage also provides for supplemental payments for transportation expenses in the event of total theft of a covered auto or a non-owned auto. The auto must be insured for comprehensive or specified cause of loss coverage. Coverage begins forty-eight hours after a theft of a covered auto. Payments end when the auto is returned to use or the insurer pays for its loss.

 

Rental Reimbursement (Extended Transportation Expense)

This coverage applies when a covered auto or non-owned auto is withdrawn from use more than twenty-four hours due to a loss, other than theft. The insuring agreement agrees to pay up to the stated amount for expenses incurred in renting a vehicle. The coverage usually carries a per day limit and a maximum amount limit

 

Towing and Labor

This coverage pays for towing and labor cost each time a covered auto or non-owned auto is disabled, up to the stated amount.

 

 
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