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Category Archives: Insurance

Need Public Liability Insurance

The most common types of claims fall into a small number of categories:

• Slips, trips and falls-these make up the majority of claims, and are the hardest to prevent.

• Stress and anxiety, due to hold ups, for example Electrical malfunction, or delayed finishes to building projects affecting the next tier of tradesmen beginning – example: the plasterers run over the finish date which in turn hold up the decorators.

• Falling objects, i.e. striking against or struck by

Do I Need Professional Indemnity Insurance?

If your business offers advice you may also need ‘Professional Indemnity Insurance’, which covers you in the event you give incorrect advice and a business or client were to suffer financial losses as a result. This is also valuable for trades such as Financial Planning, Business Consultants and IT Consultants. This is not instead of Public Liability Insurance, some trades will need both.

Do I Need Employers Liability Insurance?

If you employ any staff, you must have Employers Liability Insurance; this is direct protection for your staff against any accidents or illness which is caused by your or your business.

Imagine if your administrator were to suffer symptoms of RSI while in your employment, or a gardeners apprentice was to suffer injuries as a result of having a go with a hedge trimmer while you were busy elsewhere? These are very real risks, and you are required by law to have this in place, for protection of those in your employment.

Keep Motor Trade Insurance Cost Down

It’s essential when taking out any motor trade insurance, that you check to see if there are any vehicles eliminated from the list of vehicles safe to drive. Driving a customer’s high performance vehicle when you don’t have adequate cover to do so, can cause serious financial problems should you be involved in an accident.

Where is your building located? This is another very important consideration. In many cases being located in a city or town can increase the premium. This also depends on area, areas are listed according to crime rate and other statistics, things you have no control over. Where you can make a difference is to put security measures in place, such as alarm systems, strong roller doors and even bars on the windows, reducing the risk of a break in and reducing your risk to the insurer.

If you have been in the industry for some time and are currently shopping around to find a better price, then take advantage of the no claims bonus you have been building up over the years. Many insurers will take a no claims bonus into consideration, this is their way of knowing you are not a major risk and these bonuses will often have a significant impact on your annual premium.

One of the most risky parts of owning a business within the industry is driving customer’s vehicles. As you know you need to have valid cover in place to drive a vehicle on the road. When it comes to private cover, you are only covered to drive a specific vehicle, but when you’re driving numerous vehicles on a daily basis, you will need road risks cover.

The good news with this cover is you can add all your staff, the bad news is that the staffs driving records and age will impact how much your premium will increase. Keep your drivers to a minimum, ensure they are over twenty five and have a clean driving license to keep your motor trade insurance cost down.

Another great way to keep your motor trade insurance cost down is to discuss voluntary excess with your broker. Many companies will allow you to choose this option; it lowers your annual premium, but increases your excess should you ever need to claim. This is advantageous if you need to have adequate cover in place, but haven’t claimed for some time.

Tricks to Prevent Auto Crash

Undeniably, this collision could have resulted in far greater general liability and other damages. Nonetheless, you will definitely be filing an auto insurance claim through your insurance agency. Thankfully, all those premium payments you have dutifully been submitting have come around to your benefit: you have good coverage under your particular policy and you will be protected by it.

“How could this actually have happened to me?” you wonder incredulously.

According to government officials, the disturbing experience can happen to anyone! Oftentimes, wild deer leave the adjacent forest or wilderness to roam the roadside. And it’s not too unusual for them to jump into the danger that oncoming traffic presents. If a car has its headlights on, the deer crossing the roadway can become mesmerized and statue-like. With no other recourse, oncoming cars collide into the animal. As it seems, both are victims.

With the proper care, though, motorists can avoid risky confrontations with deer (and other big forest animals).

Four Points to Avoid an Auto – Deer Accident

• Motorists are most prone to meet up with a deer during the poor visibility hours between dawn and dusk; drive exceedingly carefully at this time.

• Official statistics say the majority of deer collisions occur in October, November and December – the pre-breeding juncture.

• If you spot a deer positioned at the roadside, slow down and drive very, very carefully; deer can abruptly change route and run into traffic flow.

• Look out for and pay close attention to deer crossing symbols and markers: the reason they are placed there is because there have been deer incidents at the site.

Purchase Cheap Travel Insurance

Ascertaining the Suitability Of Your Policy

The vast majority of providers will include comprehensive medical cover with even their cheapest policies. They will offer protection against the costs of medical transportation and treatment, in most instances. However, the insurers will expect you to declare any pre-existing medical conditions prior to departure. If you fail to take this step then you may discover that your single trip travel insurance policy is invalidated. You should also remember the insurers who specialise in budget deals may only be prepared to cover short breaks, as mentioned above. They might also not pay out in the event of injuries that occur as a consequence of participation in extreme activities. We’ll say it again: read the fine print.

Taking Account of Policy Exclusions

It may not surprise you to hear that many single trip travel insurance policies are generally very basic – and it is for this very reason they are so cost efficient. There may be a number of exclusions and stipulations. For instance, you may discover that your package doesn’t include cover against injuries that may happen while you’re working abroad; for many, this won’t be an issue, but if you do plan on working, you must be covered. The insurers may also be unwilling to cover those travellers who are injured while using specific types of transportation in foreign countries. If you want to be assured of complete peace of mind it is always advisable to check for policy exclusions prior to your holiday. It may even be worth paying a little extra for a comprehensive single trip travel insurance package.

Shop for Earthquake Insurance

See if it makes financial sense to retrofit your property. Whether you own a hotel building or a small 600 square foot rental home a simple retrofit can save you as much as 50% on your insurance premium. Do a quick search online and find out how much it costs to retrofit your property, most retrofitting companies offer free estimates. Keep in mind that you retrofit your property for the purpose of protecting it in the event of an earthquake, not just for a lower insurance premium.

Many agents will exclude building ordinance or law coverage to keep your quotation price low. If you purchase a policy that excludes this coverage you’ll be financially responsible for all new building code upgrades made mandatory by your state in the event of a loss. This may not be much for a property built within the last 10 years but an old property could have hundreds of required building upgrades.

Ask for multiple deductible options. The deductible your quotes have will drastically affect your annual premium. Ask your insurance broker to provide quotes with deductibles starting at 5% going up to 25%. The higher your deductible the lower your premium will be, it should be a reasonable amount you can come up with in the event of a loss.

Get quotes with and without earthquake sprinkler leakage. This coverage option can add a few thousand dollars to your premium. An extra thousand dollars can be a dealbreaker for anyone shopping for insurance. Although you may have fire sprinklers, earthquake sprinkler leakage me not fit in your budget. In the event of a major earthquake a basic policy without earthquake sprinkler leakage could be enough to save you from bankruptcy.

Don’t Always Need Car Insurance

Montana

· Surety bond

· Cash deposit with state treasury office

· Self-insurance

Nebraska

· Carry car insurence

· Cash deposit with state treasury office

· Self-insurance

· Surety bond

New Hampshire

· Insurance only required if you have been in an accident, convicted of driving under the influence, reckless driving conviction, and/or traffic violation under review

Ohio

· Auto insurence

· Surety bond

· Cash deposit with the state treasury office

· Complete Section A in the crash report for the state

· Self-insurance

Oklahoma

· Cash deposit with state treasury office

· Self-insurance

· Surety bond

South Dakota

· Self-Insurance

· Cash deposit with the state treasury office

Texas

· Surety bond (need TWO individuals)

· $55,000 cash deposit with state comptroller

· $55,000 cash deposit with county judge

· Self-Insurance (dealer with over 25 cars)

Virginia

· $500 uninsured driver fee

As you can see, many states offer you other methods in registering your vehicle without having to have car ins. However, it may cost you more money to get around insurance than just purchasing a simple liability insurance plan. Most cash deposits and surety bonds must be above $30,000 and insurance may cost you between $1000 and $3000 a year. This means you must own that car for at least six years to make the cost less. Dealers with over 25 vehicles in their fleet can apply for self-insurance. The rules vary between states, and it does not cover underinsured or uninsured drivers. It also does not cover lawsuits due to injuries.

About Chip Van Insurance

Breakdown cover: while this is not essential, you may want to consider it as the downtime can cost you a good deal of money.

Third Party: Actually, this is the minimum as far as the law goes and it covers damage that may occur to the third parties.

Fire and Theft: just like the third party, this cover includes coverage for the damage that may result from fire or theft.

Comprehensive: it will provide coverage for third party theft, fire and any damage to your vehicles.

Tips to Cut Down on your Monthly or yearly Insurance Premium

Add to the Excess

In case you don’t know, the Excess is the amount of money that you can be held liable for if you get involved in an accident. What you need to do is add to this amount. By doing so, you will take additional responsibility and hold yourself accountable for a bigger sum if an accident happens. The majority of brokers will look at it as an indicator of lower risk. As a result, you will get a lower quote. Therefore, increasing the Excess amount is a great idea.

Limit the Miles:

In this scenario, if you don’t travel long distances on a daily basis, you can let your broker know about it and he may lower the insurance premium that you will pay. This is because you may be less likely to have an accident. So, the insurance provider will have a lower chances of receiving a claim. So, this will be a win-win situation for both you and your insurer.

Security:

When your van is not in use, you can add more security for keeping you more secure. However, make sure that the added security is approved by the insurance industry of your area prior to the purchase and installation.

Ensure Travel Insurance Claims Approval

Make sure all the information on all your forms is correct and complete

Inaccurate information – a wrong year of birth, even a missing middle initial – can cause problems when it comes to making claims on your single trip travel insurance. But nothing can cause more problems than not fully disclosing health issues with the insurer.

For instance, if you have a pre-existing condition, such as hypertension or a heart condition that was not disclosed, you may not be able to claim emergency medical expenses on your trip – even if that was for a sudden bout of stomach flu.

Always check the inclusions on your policy

Another one of the most common reasons for denial of claims, whether it’s for single trip travel insurance or annual cover, is that simply, the expenses being claimed are for events that aren’t covered. The time to check what’s included in your coverage is before you need it, so always make sure you read your policy carefully before signing. If you’re getting it through a travel agent, make sure it is sufficiently explained, and if you’re getting it online, be sure to read through it carefully. Make comparisons before you buy, and remember, the least expensive isn’t always the best option.

Always get pre-approval prior to medical treatment

One of the most important things to remember is the assistance phone number for your insurers. This is often a toll-free number marked in big bold type on the envelope your policy is in- some even provide bookmarks and stickers you can put alongside your tickets so you can find them easily. Should you need to get medical treatment or service, this is the number to call so you can be directed to a pre-approved facility or doctor. You’ll then be assured of easy reimbursement- or in some cases, not need to outlay any cash.

Truck Insurance Coverage

First off, physical damage coverage is used to protect your truck and your trailer in the event of an accident. The premium that you would pay for this protection primarily depends on the value of your equipment. This cost, in fact, is usually a percentage of the total value of your equipment. Federal and state law does not require physical damage coverage for you to legally be on the road, but if your equipment is financed, then your lien holder most likely will require it. If you do purchase this coverage, it is smart to only acquire enough protection to cover the value of your equipment. Purchasing less coverage could leave you with significant out-of-pocket expenses, and purchasing too much is the same as throwing your money away since truck insurance companies will only pay you the amount that your truck is valued at in the case of an accident.

The next term to be aware of is primary auto liability coverage. This type of truck insurance is required by federal and state regulations. Primary auto liability coverage protects you in the event that a third party is injured in an accident that you and your vehicle are involved in. Along with primary auto liability is general liability protection. This coverage protects you against the cost of any property damage or bodily injury that might occur which does not involve your rig. Some examples of incidents that are covered by general liability protection are slips and falls at a place of business, property damage or injury caused by faulty advertising, and contractual exposure that you might assume as an owner operator or even as a driver for a company.

Other important types of liability coverage that you may consider are non-trucking liability, non-owned trailer liability, and trailer interchange liability. Non-trucking liability, also called deadhead coverage, pays for an accident that occurs while the driver or the rig is not under dispatch or in the process of making a delivery. Non-owned trailer liability protects the trailer that you are pulling if another party owns it. This type of coverage is essential for owner-operators that carry the trailers of various companies at any given time. $20,000.00 is a standard protection amount for this type of coverage. Trailer interchange liability, on the other hand, is used when there is an interchange agreement being observed between two parties. An example of this would be a partnership with a steamship line.

Information of Personal Accident Policies

What is personal accident insurance you ask? Like most other insurance policies it is an agreement that is reached by two parties, the insurer and the insured, where the insurance provider or insurer, agrees to provide the insured or his family with financial compensation. In the case of accidental insurance, this recompense is offered in case the eventuality that the insured passes away or is permanently disabled due to an accident by external and visible means.

There are different kinds of personal accident policies that are offered by a number of financial institutions and insurance firms. One type of policy is to provide the insured with cash to cover the expense of medical treatments caused by an accident. In some the cases it may even cover the cost of the period you are unable to go to work, thus allowing a normal environment at home. A number of policies also cover death caused by accident. This means that in the event that the accident causes the death of the insured, his beneficiaries would receive the pre-arranged sum. The third and final policy available is for disability caused by an accident. Here, if the insured is rendered unable to continue a job due to a disability caused by an accident, then the policy will provide him with a certain amount of his insurance amount every month as a kind of income.

As always, there are terms and conditions that need to be read before applying for and beginning to pay the premiums. What must be kept in mind is that while everyone applies for life insurance and health insurance, they do not consider the fact that there are certain accidents and events that these policies will not cover. So, take a look at your current situation and see if there are any eventualities that you need to protect yourself and your family from. You can check policy as per you and your family needs and then only select a particular plan.