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- Accidents and property damage
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- Uninsured and underinsured drivers
What is car insurance?
Driving always comes with some level of risk. While no driver plans on being in an auto accident, there are thousands of accidents every day. Most drivers will be in at least one accident during their lifetime. Car insurance doesn’t prevent accidents, but it helps financially protect drivers who are responsible for them. Car insurance offers coverage for many of the risks that come with owning and operating a motor vehicle. Policies may provide protection from a variety of incidents, including anything from a break-in to a multi-car accident, depending on the exact coverages they have.
Who needs auto insurance?
In most states, drivers who operate vehicles on public roads must maintain at least the state’s minimum levels of auto coverage. Drivers who fail to do may not be able to register their vehicle, and they might face legal consequences if they are pulled over or in an accident. Protect one of your largest investments.
What auto insurance coverages are available?
Auto policies can include several different coverages. A few coverages that are available through most policies as either standard or optional protections include: Personal Injury Protection (PIP), which might cover injuries that a driver or their passengers sustain during an accident; Bodily Injury Liability, which may cover injuries that people outside of a driver’s vehicle sustain during an accident; Comprehensive and Collision Coverage, which usually cover a driver’s vehicles in a variety of situations; Property Damage Liability Coverage, which may cover damage that a driver causes to other people’s property; and Underinsured and Uninsured Motorist Coverage, which might cover accidents that are caused by other drivers who aren’t adequately insured. Along with these common coverages, some insurance companies also offer emergency roadside assistance, rental coverage, or other protections as optional add-ons.
How much auto insurance coverage should drivers carry?
While drivers are generally required to carry at least their state’s minimum levels of auto insurance, many drivers want more protection than their state’s laws require. States’ legal minimums for auto insurance often leave drivers still exposed to potential risks. To determine precisely how much additional coverage they should purchase so they’re properly protected, drivers should talk with an insurance agent. The exact amount of coverage drivers ought to have varies from situation to situation.
What factors do insurance companies consider when calculating auto premiums?
Insurance companies consider many different factors when they’re underwriting auto policies. Some factors that often may affect a driver’s auto premiums include the driver’s age, gender, marital status, driver’s driving record, credit score (except in Massachusetts, Hawaii, and California), make and model of vehicle being insured, where the insured vehicle is stored when not in use, and what coverages and limits the driver selects.
Do auto policies cover rental vehicles?
Some of the coverages that auto policies include may extend to vehicles the insured driver rents. What coverages extend to rental vehicles and when they extend to rental vehicles can vary, though. To find out whether their policy provides coverage for rented vehicles, drivers should contact their insurance agent.
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