What is Accident Insurance?
Accident insurance is simply a type of insurance that pays out when someone suffers injury or dies as a result of an accident. This insurance policy does not cover acts of God or negligence. It may also have restrictions like caps on total payouts and restrictions on payments for risky activities. Insurance companies offer accident insurance. This insurance can be purchased separately or as part of an existing policy.
It’s a good idea.
Accident insurance is like other types of insurance. It’s a gamble. A premium is paid to the insurance company by the consumer in the hope that an accident does not happen. The insurance company then writes a policy hoping it won’t have to pay.
For people who are:
- Inadequacy in health coverage (not being able to get medical treatment after an accident).
- Families that would be financially devastated if the sole breadwinner dies (offers greater financial security).
Insurance policies that cover accident injuries have payouts that can vary depending on the severity and extent of the injuries. Some policies have very specific language regarding the amount that will be paid in the case of losing certain extremities. The payout will cover medical expenses as well as pain and suffering. The payment can be structured to cover permanent disability or provide funds to enable the victim to continue their lives. The policy lists the beneficiary who will receive the benefits in the event of death.
Looking for Accident Insurance?
People should inquire about the premiums and which types of events and accidents are covered when shopping for accident insurance.
Before you purchase a policy, make sure to research the reputation of the company. Some companies offer more coverage than others. Others delay paying until they are certain that the customer is actually able to pay the payout terms. This can cause problems for people who require money immediately.
Types of accident insurance:
- Drivers can purchase car accident insurance to protect themselves and others in case of an accident.
- You must purchase travel accident insurance before you leave.
Individualized insurance plans that are tailored for individuals who work in certain industries. This insurance can be expensive due to the higher risks involved. For example, a telephone operator will cost more to insure than a desk worker.
Before you make any decisions about accident insurance, you should speak with an insurance agent you trust to ensure you understand your policy.
A step-by-step guide on what to do after a car crash
Verify that you are not in any way injured
Call 911 if you are injured. Or ask someone to call 911 for you. If you are seriously injured, please do not move and wait for emergency personnel.
Make sure your passengers are well taken care of
You can check on your passengers if you are not too injured to move. If someone is hurt, call emergency services immediately or ask a passerby to help.
Safety is your goal
Move to the sidewalk or side of the road if you are able. If your car is unsafe to drive or is a danger to others, you can pull it over to the side. If it’s unsafe to drive, you can leave it there and walk to safety.
Calling the police is essential, regardless of whether an accident is a minor fender-bender, or a serious collision. In some states it is legally required. The officers responding to the call will complete an accident report and record the scene. According to the III, if the police are unable to arrive at the scene of an accident, they will complete a report at the nearest station. To assist with your claim process, your insurer may request a copy the police report.
Wait for help
Turn off your engine and turn on your hazard light. Use the road flares from your emergency car kit for warning other cars to slow down.
The National Insurance Crime Bureau warns that bandit tow trucks are also to be avoided. These tow truck drivers are not the ones you called but who stop by and offer their assistance. This could be a scam. They may try to convince victims to tow their cars to shady facilities, where they will hold the vehicle hostage and demand an unreasonable amount of money.
After ensuring that you and your passengers are safe, make sure to exchange contact information and insurance information with other drivers. This is the most important information that drivers need to exchange following an accident.
- Contact information and full name
- Number of the policy and insurance company
- Number of the license plate and driver’s license
- Type, color, and model
The III suggests that you refrain from discussing fault with other drivers when going over the facts. The adjuster who reviews your insurance claim will determine the fault of the driver. This is based on the inspection of the damaged vehicles and other information. You and any witnesses to the accident are also required.
Take photos of the accident
To help you protect yourself, the III recommends the following steps:
Identify the officers.
Get the names and badge numbers of all officers responding to police calls once they arrive.
Get a copy.
Ask the officers at the scene where you can get a copy the accident report. When you file a claim for car insurance, your insurer might ask for a copy.
Take photos of both vehicles from different angles to document the accident. You might also want to photograph the license plate of the other vehicle. To support your claim, you may be able share photos with your insurance company during the claims process.
Names should be taken down
Note the names and addresses for all involved parties, including passengers in the other car.
Talk to witnesses.
Note down the names and contact information of witnesses to the accident.
This accident information page can be kept in your vehicle to help you keep all the documentation organized.
Notify your insurance company and begin the claims process
If your insurer has a mobile app, you may be able to report your claim by calling your insurance provider. They will be able to tell you what they need in order to process your claim. Your insurer will arrange for your vehicle to be town to a certified body shop if it is damaged.
Even the most experienced driver can be left confused by an accident. However, these steps will help you avoid unnecessary worry. This will allow you to focus on your insurance company and get your vehicle fixed as quickly and smoothly as possible.
What happens when I file a claim with my insurance company
Your insurance company will require the information above when you file an insurance claim for auto coverage. You may also be assigned an adjuster to examine your vehicle to determine who is at fault for the accident and to estimate repair costs.
Depending on the coverage you have, you might be eligible for reimbursement for repairs or the actual cash value of your vehicle if it is totaled.
If necessary, notify the DMV
Each state has its own requirements regarding reporting accidents to DMV. The criteria may include the extent of damage, injuries sustained and costs incurred. For guidelines regarding reporting an accident, please consult your local DMV.