Thursday, August 29, 2013

Teen Drivers

California Department of Insurance presents a video public service announcement for teen drivers.

Monday, August 26, 2013

How Can Children Avoid Dog Bites

There are 4 million dog bites each year and 60% of the victims are children. Dr. Leslie Sinclair of the Humane Society of the U.S. says children often don't respect a dog's boundaries—they expect every dog to be friendly, and although most are some aren't. Dr. Tillman Jolly, an emergency room physician says he sees injuries every year because children often do things that they don't realize are annoying to dogs. The Insurance Information Institute cautions that parents should teach their children not to approach an unknown dog. Allow dogs to sniff you before petting them, never disturb a dog that's eating, sleeping or caring for puppies, don't try to run from a dog, and if one is chasing you, stand like a tree or look like a log. Insurance companies paid out $3.5 billion in claims in 2006 for dog bite claims.

Friday, August 23, 2013

The Purpose Of Auto Insurance

Auto insurance refers to insurance for vehicles such as two wheelers, cars, trucks and other vehicles on the road. The primary purpose of auto insurance is to offer compensation to the vehicle owners in case of any physical damage to the car and bodily injury that results from car accident. It also covers expenses arising from any liability thereon. In many countries it is compulsory have insurance when you buy the vehicle. Most of the insurances relate to the driver as well as the car, however the degree varies from one country to another.
Some countries also have additional insurances such as pay as you drive which is suitable for uninsured motorists who are using other owner's vehicles. In many countries this insurance covers the loss or damage to the vehicle as well as purchasing new parts for replacement. The insurance provides accident cover for the vehicle owner and also third party liability.
Today every country has many public and private companies offering auto insurance. The whole process for applying of this insurance has become online. You can go through the insurance terms on the website, choose the plan, fill in the application form and then submit the application with the required documents such as vehicle registration number, type of vehicle, proof of address, etc.
Once you submit the application, a representative of the company will get in touch with you to take the procedure forward. In countries such as India, the vehicle dealers have tie ups with auto insurance companies. Hence when you buy a new vehicle, you will automatically get insurance for one year from the car dealer. The premium of the insurance is included in the vehicle price. The premium on the insurance is decided by a number of factors, however the premium amount increases proportionately to the price of the vehicle.
The documents to be submitted for vehicle insurance include registration copy of the vehicle, driving license, policy copy and FIR copy. The various types of auto insurance normally offered include private car insurance, two wheeler insurance and commercial vehicle insurance. This insurance does not normally include electrical or mechanical breakdown, depreciation, consequential loss. It also does not apply in case vehicle meets with an accident outside the geographical area which the insurance company covers. The other exceptions when you may not get auto insurance is damage to the vehicles during wars, perils related to the climate and accidents due to drunken driving.

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Tuesday, August 20, 2013

Why Is Auto Insurance Important?

Auto insurance protects you from being financially responsible for an accident, but you're required to pay monthly premiums to keep the insurance. By law you must have car insurance if you want to drive on the road and without it you can be fined, lose your license, go to jail and also be sued depending on the seriousness of the accident you caused. Even if you're pulled over without car insurance you can be fined though which means you must have and maintain auto insurance.
There are lots of companies that offer auto insurance and you'll need to research which is the best option for your specific needs. Auto insurance has many different types of policies and coverage so you need to make sure when you buy your car insurance that the policy makes sense for you. One thing you want to make sure of is that the monthly premium will fit into your budget and also that you're getting the right amount of coverage for your vehicle. Don't get to much coverage but also don't get too little coverage, there is a very fine line between the two and you'll need to determine which is suitable for your vehicles.
Typically if you get into a car accident and you're at fault then you need to put the claim through your insurance. This will mean that your insurance company will pay the damages to the vehicles and also any medical expenses that anyone faces, if any. Without car insurance it makes you liable for the damages and medical bills and this is where it gets very serious. You can be sent to jail for injuring someone in an accident without any insurance and you will most definitely be sued by the family. This will often result in you losing everything you own.
Car insurance isn't a joking matter and is one of the most important insurance policies you need. It's also one of the insurance policies that are mandatory to have while driving. Having car insurance is also necessary to have in case somebody hits your vehicle. If someone hits your vehicle and you don't have insurance then they won't be liable for paying any damages to you.
As you can tell having car insurance benefits you in a lot of ways and also gives you a feeling of safeness while out on the road. It's always better to drive focused and not sub-cautiously have to be thinking about the fact you're driving without insurance. Car insurance can be bought for very affordable monthly premiums and offer great coverage, you just need to do a bit research beforehand so that you can find the best deal. There is highly competitive competition in this industry and there are many companies fighting for your business. Decide on a budget savvy auto insurance policy and I guarantee you'll be saved a lot of hassles and unnecessary fines. You'll also be ensured that you won't be financially accountable for any damages to people or vehicles as your insurance will cover you.

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Saturday, August 17, 2013

Robert Hartwig, Flood Insurance Rates Surge, The Willis Report

Robert Hartwig of the Insurance Information Institute on FOX discussing the recent rise in flood insurance cost. The Flood Insurance Program is currently carrying a debt and because of this subsidies are being cut for many homeowners who have a flood policy in flood-prone areas. These cut backs will mean a break for taxpayers but for some homeowners their policies will rise in cost.

Wednesday, August 14, 2013


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Sunday, August 11, 2013

Robert Hartwig, More Storms Like Sandy Coming, The Street

Robert Hartwig of Insurance Information Institute encouraging homeowners to be prepared for future hurricanes. Having the right type and amount of insurance is key, including flood insurance. Hartwig also explains hurricane deductibles and how they work.

Thursday, August 8, 2013

Top 10 Car Insurance Buyer Mistakes

Car insurance, or any type of auto insurance for that matter, is something we simply cannot avoid. In most developed countries, it's illegal to drive a vehicle on public roads without appropriate cover, so we really have no choice but to bite the bullet and cough up.
With that said, the average person continues to pay more than they need to, simply because they make the same mistakes over and over again. Here are 10 mistakes to avoid when it comes to car insurance:
1. Failure to Shop Around
Many people take out insurance with a particular company simply because the company was recommended to them by friends or family. This can prove to be a very costly mistake because there are so many variables involved, and besides, just because that may have had the best rates last year, doesn't mean they're still offering the best rates this year. You need to get quotes from at least six or seven providers before you make a decision.
2. Choosing the Minimum Deductable
The deductable is what you pay out of your own pocket should you submit a claim. The lower the deductable, the less you pay in the event of a claim, but the higher your premiums will be. Increasing the deductable amount, within reason of course, can lower the cost of auto insurance considerably.
3. Keeping the Same Level of Cover
Sure, if you buy a new car, or even a relatively new one, you'll want maximum cover, so you buy fully comprehensive cover. This type of cover will cover you completely, no matter what, but it costs. But, once your car has aged a bit, and decreased in value, do you really need maximum coverage? After all, you could end up paying more for insurance over a two year period than what your car is worth.
4. Failure to Inquire About Discounts
Don't assume your insurance provider is going to keep you updated regarding new discounts or special rates. Why would they want to voluntarily lose money?
5. Including Unnecessary Drivers
If you have more than one driver in your home, only include those who use your car regularly on your car insurance policy. This is particularly true in the case of teens. If your teenager only uses the car once or twice each year, rather opt for temporary cover when it's needed.
6. Including All Drivers as Fulltime Drivers
If your partner or child only uses your car occasionally, ask your insurance provider if they offer discount rates for occasional drivers or limited mileage.
7. Failure to Check Driving Record
While it may not be a common occurrence, many people end up paying more for insurance because their driving record shows a history of traffic violations and/or accidents, when in fact they have never had any such violations or accidents.
8. Poor Credit History
Contrary to what many people believe, many insurance companies, but not all, will run a credit check, and if you have a poor credit history, it can push up the costs of auto insurance dramatically. If your credit score is less than perfect, choose a provider that doesn't factor in a person's credit score.
9. Claiming for Minor Incidences
Don't submit a claim for minor things. If you can pay for minor repairs out of your own pocket, you'll stand to benefit more in the long run. The more you claim, the higher your premiums are going to be.
10. Not Researching Before Buying a Car
Certain makes and models cost more to insure simply because statistics show they are more likely to get stolen. Check with insurance providers to find out what cars are best avoided before you actually buy a car.
Car insurance is here to stay, but if you avoid these common mistakes, you may just be pleasantly surprised at how affordable cover can be.

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Monday, August 5, 2013

Teenage Drivers

Teenage drivers are involved in four times as many fatal crashes than any other age group. On average, six thousand teens are killed each year in crashes that often involve alcohol. Neil Bernstein, adolescent psychologist, says teens are often reckless and think they are invulnerable. Dr. Allan Williams, Insurance Institute for Highway Safety says laws establishing night time curfews, lowering the legal blood alcohol content, and raising driving age are helpful. He also says driving privileges should be phased in through graduated driver's licenses. This video is from the Insurance Information Institute.

Friday, August 2, 2013

Four Key Ways to Prepare for a Disaster

Jeanne Salvatore of the Insurance Information Institute giving four key ways to prepare for a disaster. First, review your insurance and make sure you have enough and the right type of insurance--especially flood insurance. Second, take a home inventory so you know the value of your belongings and as a way to help the claims process should you suffer a loss. Third, have a disaster plan and know where you're going and how you will get there if you need to evacuate. Finally, make your home more disaster resistant by securing the structure and removing any potential threats like dangerous trees.