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Monthly Archives: April 2017

How to Pick The Proper Auto Insurance Company?

A reliable auto insurance company is one that has a good reputation of paying or settling claims in the fastest time possible and pays the correct amount of claims. To check on your chosen auto insurance company you may visit your state’s department of insurance web site. You may not be aware of this but every state has its own department of insurance. Nowadays, most of these departments have their own web sites which display consumer complaint ratios of all insurance companies that sell in their state. These ratios will tell you just how many complaints each of the listed car insurance received per one thousand claims filed.

The complaint ratio will provide you with a gauge on which car insurance to choose. Likewise, out of the list of your chosen car insurance you may be able to also get the company that offers the lowest premium quotes. But make sure that your chosen car insurance company has one of the least ratios of complaint. The car insurance that ranks on both lists should merit your strongest consideration.

The next step is to find out which body shops are recommended by your chosen car insurance. Take note of the locations of their accredited body shops. See if there is an accredited shop that is in your area. If they have one in your area so much the better but you still have to check on the auto body shop to see if it has all the necessary auto repair equipment and machines that can effectively answer any auto repair that you may be requiring in the future.

After checking on the auto body shop and you need to ask them about the insurance company that accredits them. They will either give you a positive feedback or a negative one. Lucky for you if it’s a positive remark since this will mean that you have finally found the auto insurance that you want. However it is not yet the end of your search since there are still other factors you have to look into.

Additional information on the auto insurance company that you are considering may be found on the J.D. Power and Associates website. This organization is known to collect data from individual policyholders nationwide and asks these same policyholders to rate their auto insurance company according to coverage options, price, claims handling, satisfaction with representatives, including the overall experience that they have with their respective auto insurance companies.

Another factor for you to look into before you finally settle and pay your very first premium is the financial strength rating of the auto insurance company that you are considering. You may take a look at the A.M. Best and the Standard and Poor’s ratings. These two companies are known for publishing financial strength ratings of all insurance companies. The financial strength of an auto insurance company will determine its capacity to pay or to settle claims. Auto insurance companies that reflect a very low financial strength ratio would mean they do not have the capabilities of settling claims and therefore should not be chosen.

 

About Car Accidents Claims

Your claim is very important and you should not take it for granted especially if you have encountered a serious injury in a car accident. Claims vary differently depending on the type of injuries sustained. Severe injuries include: losing an arm, fractured bones or losing any part of the body.

If you have been hospitalized for a long period of time, you are entitled to a higher compensation. If you are unable to work because of disabilities you may be eligible for a lifelong compensation. The compensation of disabled person will include the beneficiaries of the victim. He will also get the income he earns in a year.

Sometimes, being handicapped allows for the full compensation in filing for a claim. In order to get the compensation, you must choose the best lawyer who will not take advantage of you and your rights as a victim. Sometimes, the law takes advantage of the disabled person and of those who are not aware of the rules.

Claims and compensation will consider the nature and the duration of injuries. If you have recovered from the injuries in days, you will get a smaller compensation compared to severe injuries which might take a month or longer in the hospital to heal. You should not worry about the expenses because you will rightfully get your compensation as long as the case is adjudicated. Pain, suffering, and disability is measured in determining a rightful compensation.

In considering your car’s insurance, make sure that you know what your insurance covers. Dealing with the accident requires investigation to know who is at fault, and to find out if the other party is required to give compensation to the victim. An accident lawyer is perfect for this situation. You might not be familiar with the rules of filing for a claim, but a lawyer will be.

The law requires car insurance intended for public use. So it is better to find out if your car is insured and the consequences that you may face should you have an accident. It is important to make sure that the statements that you are going to give to your insurance company are correct so that the claim will be handled accordingly.

If you don’t want to face these complications and procedures make sure that you are confident in your driving and knowledge. Car accidents are not be easy to deal with because they can be quite complicated. What is important is that you be given the right compensation for anything you have lost.

 

Type of Auto Insurance that Right for You

Optional Covers

There are different levels of insurance available depending on what risks you wants to cover. You can cover against the costs of repairing your vehicle after an accident. You can cover the cost of purchasing a new car should yours be stolen or damaged beyond repair. These are optional covers.

Liability insurance on the other hand is compulsory for all drivers. This will cover the risk of claims being made against you as the driver or owner of the vehicle that caused damage to the property of another, the vehicle of another, for medical expenses of others injured as a result of an accident, including passengers in your car. If you have liability insurance, it will only cover these risks. If you have comprehensive insurance it will cover also the risks to yourself and your own vehicle.

GAP Insurance

However, even comprehensive insurance will not fully cover your risks. First of all there is the issue that, as soon as you buy a new car, its price suddenly drops significantly because it is no longer new. It is used. So if you were to destroy your car the day after buying it, the insurance company would likely assess the value as something less than what you paid for it, even though you may still owe a good deal more than that in payments and financing.

To cover the chances of this happening, so called GAP insurance was developed. This covers the difference in the actual value of your car, and the amount you still owe in payments. The growth of vehicle leasing has also led to GAP insurance becoming more important.

Extra Cover

In the US, the insurance policy will generally cover the owner of the vehicle and any others who drive the vehicle so long as they do not live at the same address. For those living at the same address, you should have them specifically added to your insurance policy for an extra fee. This means that if you crash someone else’s car, while driving it with their permission, you will be covered by their policy, not your own. Non-owner policies are available to cover you on other people’s cars but these will only be available if you do not own your own car.