Understanding Car Insurance; Auto Liability Limits

What are Auto Liability Limits?
Auto Liability Limits are the part of your insurance that protects you for damages to others.

What happens if you or an auto you own are involved in an accident and deemed to be at fault? You will be liable for losses to the other party’s vehicle and any injuries resulting from the accident.

You can find your Auto Liability Limits on your declarations page. Auto limits are the three numbers which look like those below:


100/300/100


The first two numbers, 100/300, represent the coverage available for BI, or Bodily Injury. Your BI protects you when you are at fault, and as a result, injury has occurred to others.


The first number (100) indicates that the policy provides up to $100,000 of coverage to any one person. The (300) states that the total amount available to cover all injured individuals. The number 300 indicates that BI has a $300,000 cap.


The final number represents Physical Damage. It is also referred to as PD. Physical Damage coverage protects against property damage caused by the insured. In our example, the number (100) indicates that you have $100,000 in PD coverage.


Liability Limits represent the amount that your insurance company is legally liable for. Those limits vary and are dependent on the amounts you requested. Each state sets minimum required limits.

Several States have recently increased the required minimums For Auto Insurance

Below are the required limits required by the states served by TruePoint Insurance:

Georgia 25/50/25

Indiana 25/50/25

Also, Indiana requires minimum limits for Uninsured and Underinsured Motorist
25/50/25

Kentucky 25/50/25

South Carolina 25/50/25


In addition, South Carolina requires minimum limits for Uninsured and Underinsured Motorist
25/50/25

What happens when the cost exceeds my coverage limits?
As insurance agents, we have thoughts and suggestions related to auto insurance. However, there isn’t a right answer to the question above. Will the injured party pursue the claim once it exceeds the limits? For those that do seek to be fully repaid, they will likely seek recourse in a courtroom. This takes us or any other insurance agent out of the picture. It also makes it impossible for an agent to answer this question.


Before purchasing car insurance:Take the time to speak with an agent; one that is willing to provide insurance decisions that are right for you.

Exchange Students – Automobile Coverage

This article briefly discusses how a personal auto policy responds to exchange students. Please be sure to read its companion article, “Exchange Students – Homeowners Coverage.”

First, make sure that the exchange student is permitted to drive under the rules of the exchange student program. If program rules allow driving, contact your motor vehicle department to make sure that your student has a valid driver’s license.

Will the exchange student drive your car?

The typical auto policy extends its coverage to any person having your permission to drive a covered vehicle. Your liability coverage will protect the exchange student against damage or injury that he or she causes to others. Coverage to the damage done to your vehicle is also available when you have the appropriate physical damage insurance. Of course, the coverage is subject to your policy’s insurance limits, deductibles, and other provisions.

Medical payments coverage will apply to the exchange student who is injured in an accident while occupying or driving your car with your permission. If you expressly forbid the exchange student to drive your vehicle and the student disregards your wishes, you may not have insurance coverage if an accident occurs. Any questions regarding an exchange student’s vehicle use need to be carefully considered; especially since you will want to avoid having to deal with uncovered auto losses.

Be very careful regarding any minor-aged exchange student who is considering buying a car, truck, motorcycle, RV, boat, moped, scooter or any other vehicle. An exchange student’s temporary residence status makes it very difficult to get proper coverage. Student vehicle owners who cause an accident could experience some complex legal problems. If faced with an exchange student who owns a vehicle, it is important to get any available assistance from the exchange student program, including their legal counsel. You should seek your own qualified legal help to make sure that your interests are protected. The safest course would be to avoid an exchange student situation that includes an owned vehicle.

Please check with a qualified insurance professional to thoroughly discuss your coverage needs.


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Georgia Auto Liability Limits

Georgia Minimum Car Insurance Limits   

Closing insurance gaps
How much car insurance?

If you own a car in Georgia, the state requires that you meet certain financial standards. For most of us, that means that our vehicles be covered by an auto liability insurance policy.  Furthermore, the auto liability insurance limits must meet State mandated requirements.  

For most of us, the first thought when our car is involved in an accident is getting it back on the road.  How will we replace or repair our own vehicle?  For that, you need to have a collision and/or comprehensive insurance coverage. While this coverage is important, it is not the insurance coverage mandated by the State.

Georgia Auto Liability Insurance 

If you are involved in an accident and found to be at fault, you can legally be held financially responsible. This is why you buy personal auto insurance!   The Georgia minimum insurance requirements are aimed at protecting other drivers and passengers using the States roads and highways..Your auto liability policy protects other drivers. Specifically, it provides coverage for bodily injury and/or property damage that results from your actions.

As mentioned, you may be held responsible for the full cost of damages, With a personal auto liability insurance policy in place, your insurance company, subject to the specifics of the policy, will be on the hook.  However, their requirement ends once the policy limits have been paid.

What does that mean?

It means that the prudent thing is to develop a better understanding of what will happen if the cost of damages exceeds our auto liability policy limits.   As a mere insurance agent, I am not qualified to directly answer that.  But, commonsense would suggest that at a minimum, inadequately insured auto owners are leaving Pandora’s Box wide open. 

The Georgia minimum auto liability insurance requirements are:

• Georgia motor vehicle liability coverage minimum for bodily injury:

     o $25,000 for bodily injury liability coverage per person

     o $50,000 for bodily injury liability coverage per accident

•Georgia motor vehicle liability coverage minimum for property damages:

     o Georgia auto owners are at least $25,000 for claims made against       them as result of damaging the property of others

Georgia’s Car Insurance state-mandated minimums are most commonly stated as:

25/50/25

…or…

$25,000 (BI) per person / $50,000 BI per accident / $25,000 (PD)

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Does cheap refer to a Good Deal or a Bad Deal?

Before asking an insurance agent for the “Cheapest Car Insurance, you got,” consider the following:

• Cheap car insurance more than likely means you are getting the state-mandated minimums.

• How far will those dollars go if you are the cause of a severe auto accident?

• Settlement cost seldom equal medical costs. Why? For one, pain and suffering. If you want an estimate for total settlement cost, a good rule of thumb is to multiple medical bills by 3. If your negligence was the cause of a car crash and the other party sustained $10,000 in medical expenses you are looking at $30,000 to settle the claim. $5,000 higher than the state minimum!

• How far will $10,000 go in an emergency room today?

• How far will the $50,000 per accident limit go if you hit a car with multiple passengers? What if you are the cause of a multiple car collision or if the other vehicle isn’t a car but rather a bus?

Cheap car insurance can cost you in more ways than you realize. Ever wonder how insurance companies come up with an auto insurance premium for you and your car?

Your premium is the result of a number of factors. Every car insurance companies have their own unique formula. Each aimed at helping them attract clients and make a buck too. What you may find surprising is that many companies will penalize you if your current insurance limits are the state minimums. Never buy the state-mandated minimum without first considering the cost of better coverage. It’s likely to be less than you think and it will save you in the long run.

In the end, cheap auto insurance may wind up costing you more than you bargained for. Even if you never have an accident! Consider your options, prepare for the worst and be sure that you find an insurance agent the is willing to spend the time to help you through the process.

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What Should I Do If I’m Involved in an Auto Accident?

If you’re involved in an auto accident, there are several things you need to do before you leave the scene. Aside from calling the police and your insurance agent, the following steps are significant and will help you when you file your insurance claim. The agents from TruePoint Insurance can help residents of Lawrence and Fisherville, KY get the process started.

Pull Over to the Side of the Road

If you are involved in an accident on a busy street, the first thing you should do is move your vehicle (if possible) to the side of the road and out of the way of traffic. Move the cars a safe distance off of the road to prevent further injury or damage to your vehicles.

Exchange Information

The next step is to exchange your insurance information with the other driver. You will also have to share the information with the police officer for the accident report. Always make sure to get the other driver’s contact information, as well.

Take as many Photographs as You Can

If you want to document the accident properly, take pictures of both the scene of the accident as well as the vehicles involved. Photos that accurately show all of the damage to your car are beneficial, especially if you have to go to court.

In Fisherville, KY, the agents of TruePoint Insurance can walk you through the steps you need to follow if you are ever involved in an auto accident. Talk to the agents today so that you are fully prepared if and when an accident does occur.

 

How Having an Electric Vehicle Affects Insurance Rates

Did you know that your auto insurance rates can be different if you own an electric vehicle? In fact, in most instances, your insurance will be higher for an electric vehicle. Let’s take a look at some of the reasons why this is the case from TruePoint Insurance in Fisherville, KY.

Higher Costs of the Vehicle

On average, electric vehicles cost a great deal more than the more conventional automobiles. They can cost around 70 percent more on average, according to studies conducted by Nerd Wallet. The higher price tag means that the insurance company has to pay more if the vehicle is stolen or damaged.

High Repair Costs

It tends to cost more to conduct repairs on an electric automobile. This is because they have expensive battery systems and you have to bring the vehicle to a specially trained mechanic. Though these vehicles usually don’t need repairs as often, this definitely has an effect on how much its insurance is going to cost. 

Size of the Car

Electric vehicles typically are smaller than other automobiles. Since smaller cars often don’t offer as much protection in the event of a collision, they are sometimes deemed as higher risk vehicles. This can increase the amount you’ll be asked to pay for your car’s insurance coverage.

Even with the fact that you’ll almost certainly have to pay more for insurance, there are many benefits that come along with owning an electric vehicle. Your car may qualify for a federal tax credit of around $7,500, a big plus as it will offset what you pay for insurance. 

Be sure to ask plenty of questions to understand insurance for your electric vehicle. The team at TruePoint Insurance, serving the greater Lawrence and Fisherville, KY area, can answer your questions to make signing up for auto insurance less of a stressful experience.

 

Signal Your Intent


Accidents associated with failure to use a turn signal are over twice
Each year 2 million accidents are due to the failure to use turn signals

Auto risk mitigation organization “SafetyFirst,” noticed some important statistics from its database of calls into its hotline. They discovered that a significant percentage of its calls involved drivers who did not use their turn signals. That issue was significant, especially since nearly half of their complaints involved:

  • Improper Lane Change;
  • Failure to Use Signals
  • Failing to Yield Right of Way
  • Weaving in Traffic
  • Failure to Stay in Lane;
  • and Improper Passing

A common trait in all of these behaviors is that they significantly increase the likelihood of an accident.

There are several trends that are occurring simultaneously on U.S. Roads. One, we’re driving faster, two there are more vehicles, we’re driving more frequently and a significant portion of drivers (Baby Boomers) are becoming senior operators with age-related, diminished driving skills.

In light of these trends, does it make sense that many drivers either forget to or refuse to use turn signals?

Drivers do themselves and others a tremendous favor by signaling their intent. Much of our driving activity depends on being able to rely upon and anticipate what is being done by other drivers. Signaling consistently and appropriately allows others to adjust their actions in order to reduce the chance of accidents and to maintain traffic flow.

Help yourself, help others. Whenever you are about to do something that can be indicated by a turn signal……signal your intent!


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Proof that your car insurance IS TOO HIGH?

Buying car insurance in Kentucky is expensive.  Only five states pay more to insure their autos.
Kentucky is one of the most expensive states for auto insurance.

If you live in Kentucky and own a car, then you’re paying too much for Automobile Insurance.

If someone is telling you otherwise, I’ve got some excellent advice for you. Stop listening to that person!  They obviously don’t have a clue about the cost of auto insurance in Kentucky.

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Kentucky has the 6th highest car insurance in the US.
Proving that the cost of Kentucky Auto Insurance is High

The Proof

Which states would you expect to pay the most for insurance? States with bigger cities, and heavy traffic? Commonsense would lead most of us to expect to find New York, California, and New Jersey at the top of the list.  Using the same logic we can also add Massachusetts, Illinois, Florida, and Connecticut.  And while not a state, I would also expect to see Washington D.C. on a list of states with higher auto insurance premiums. 

Six states have average auto insurance rates that range from $1,750 to $2,500.  Starting with the most expense:

1. Michigan

2. Louisiana

3. Florida

4. Connecticut and,

5. New York  

6. Kentucky

For the most, this likely seems appropriate. But for many it  will be eye-opening to find how high car insurance is in the Commonwealth of Kentucky.  Surprisingly the residents of Kentucky pay more for auto coverage than California.  The same is true for Washington D.C., Maryland, New Jersey, Massachusetts, and Illinois.

Who is this person that says you’re car insurance is not expensive?

Kentuckians on average spend $1,752 annually for auto insurance. That’s almost 30% more than the national average.  It is a fact; your auto insurance is expensive.

  • If you are a good driver in Kentucky, you pay too much for insurance.
  • If you’re a bad driver you pay too much.
  • Kentucky car owner’s that drive too fast, pay to much.                                                                     

 Compared with most other states, Kentucky auto insurance cost more.  While this is true for most residents, not everyone in Kentucky overpays.  Uninsured and underinsured drivers clearly don’t pay too much for car insurance.  But don’t read that to say that this group doesn’t have a hand in cost of car insurance in Kentucky.  Their contribution is significant.  Those that drive with inadequate auto coverage, raise auto premiums for everyone.  This increase in state demand for uninsured and underinsured motorist coverage. Which in turn places upward pressure on the overall cost of auto insurance premiums.

Where you live has a big impact on how much your insurance cost.  Take a look at Kentucky.  Their very high auto insurance rates significantly impact home and auto packages.
It’s a fact that Auto Insurance is higher in Kentucky than it is in most states

The price for car insurance in Kentucky is high.  Some may try to argue this.  Beware of those that argue against the facts. 

Kentuckian plays about $400 a year more than the U.S. Average. Why is Kentucky auto insurance so expensive? 

How does Kentucky compare to other states in our region? To the north, Kentucky borders, Illinois, Indiana, and Ohio. Each of these states is ranked as one of the ten least expensive U.S. States for car insurance. The average auto premium for the three is $973. Compared to these three Mid-Western states, Kentuckians are paying almost $800 a year. 

Why are we still listening to the nuts that still think we aren’t paying too much to insure our personal auto?

If you would like to have an insurance agent look you in the eye and tell you:

 “Yes, you are paying too much to insure your car,” then try TruePoint.

Want to learn about factors that make Kentucky auto insurance the 6th highest in the U.S.?

Give us a call at (502) 410-5089.

Serious about lowering your auto insurance cost?  Then get your insurance documents together.

Call or drop by, and we will do our best to help you reduce the value of your home and auto insurance.

Exchange Students – Homeowners Coverage

This article briefly discusses how a homeowner policy responds to coverage for exchange students. Please be sure to read the companion article, “Exchange Students – Automobile Coverage.”

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You have an Exchange Student, Now What?

Note: Check with your exchange student program coordinator to see what kinds of coverage are automatically provided for the child. But don’t take anyone’s word; get copies of documents that prove the coverage situation.

An exchange student in your care who is younger than 21 years is automatically insured under a homeowners policy, treated as if the child were a relative. An exchange student’s property is covered while located at or away from your home. Off-premises coverage is normally limited to 10% of your policy’s Personal Property limit, subject to a minimum of $1,000. On-premises, the policy’s full content limit is available. If your homeowner’s policy had a $70,000 limit for Personal Property, up to $7,000 would be available to handle damage or loss to an exchange student’s property while it’s away from your home, say while at a summer camp. Liability coverage that applies to your family also applies for damage and bodily injury caused by an exchange student who is younger than 21 years of age.

Do you know how to prepare for an exchange student?  You need to!
how to prepare for an exchange student.

If the exchange student is older than age 21, then the policy treats the student as a guest. A policy owner can volunteer to extend his insurance coverage to include a guest’s property while at your residence premises or even while you and the guest are at some other location. However, it is sometimes difficult to determine whether an older exchange student is a guest or a tenant – someone who is paying you a reasonable rent for staying in your home.

Hosting an exchange student creates questions you should discuss with an insurance professional who can help make sure your coverage needs are met.


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The “Other” DUI


Driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol is a crime that will cost dearly.
Drinking and Driving, everyone losses

DUI! What does that term conjure up? Do you think of:

  • A person staggering out of a bar, car keys in hand and stumbling toward a car?
  • Some woman, standing alongside a police car while an officer watches her attempt to touch her nose? 
  • A sober friend arguing with a drunken companion to surrender his or her keys?
  • A patrol officer sidling up to a car with sickly sweet smoke rolling out of a car as an obviously “high” driver lowers a car window?
Impaired driving is serious, but in many states simply driving with an open container is a crime.
DUI or DWI, the results are the same

Whether the term used is DUI or DWI, the assumption is usually that a driver is unable to safely operate a car because of alcohol or illegal drug use. Another assumption is that such drivers are fairly easy to identify. Unfortunately, there is another type of impaired driving that causes serious problems for everyone….Driving Under the Influence of prescribed drugs.

The proper use of prescription drugs is a good thing. However, the problem is that prescription drug users overlook an important consideration. Besides using the right dosage and the correct intervals of use; instructions often include another item that is ignored – avoiding driving after the legal use of medicine.

Driving impaired by prescription drugs has serious legal consequences.  Drives may be subjected to the same laws that govern DUI or DWI.
Impaired by Prescription Drugs?
Don’t Drive!

Prescription drug labels include a warning not to operate vehicles or machinery when using the applicable drug. The warning is necessary because many medicines cause drowsiness, sleepiness or decreased awareness or reaction time. Naturally, being behind the wheel of a vehicle under such circumstances is dangerous to the driver, any passengers, other drivers, and pedestrians.

Drivers who are impaired by prescription drugs are subject to the same serious legal consequences as persons caught driving while drunk or under the influence of illegal substances. However, they’re not as easily identified or caught. Being drunk or high is typically accompanied by obvious signs, such as slurred speech or impaired movement. The influence of prescription drugs is not as obvious; even though the level of impairment is similar. Drivers influenced by prescription drugs often lack the judgment and response levels necessary to safely drive on public roads.

Operating a vehicle while legally drugged does not have the stigma of the influence of either alcohol or illegal drugs; yet it has the same, potentially lethal consequences. It is dangerous and irresponsible to endanger ourselves and others by driving a vehicle under less than ideal conditions……and doing so after taking powerful, prescription drugs are the antithesis of what is ideal. So take drugs as needed and as instructed and that includes following any orders to stay away from driving!


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Kentucky Personal Auto Insurance Insights

What is Personal Auto insurance?  Is it the same as Car Insurance?  Read on and learn more about Kentucky car insurance.

What’s your biggest risk

I remember when auto insurance came in two flavors, state-mandated liability insurance or full coverage car insurance.  Of which the latter, I am told, no longer exist.

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First, your auto insurance is going to skyrocket.  The critical event is your risk you expose your kids to when you hand them the keys.  TruePoint can help, (502) 410-5089
25% of accidents due to texting and driving

Changes in the law, insurance options, and technology have significantly altered how we buy car insurance.  But the combined impact of these factors pales in comparison to the litigious state of America. 

It seems every time you turn around, another legal exposure pops up.  In the US, cars are the leading cause of injuries.  With that said, it is easy to comprehend that for individuals in Kentucky, the vast majority of our exposure comes from our cars.    

Kentucky car liability insurance seems to be more critical than ever before.   And it’s not going away anytime soon.  In the meantime, there are only a few things we can do to reduce our risk.  The biggest impact will come by having a better understanding of insurance and how consumers can best acquire car insurance in Kentucky

Kentucky Auto Insurance Law

Most Car Accidents: It’s the other dude’s fault

While the requirements vary from one state to the next, every state requires car owners to have auto liability coverage.    A handful of states, including Kentucky are No-Fault states.  As a No-Fault auto insurance state, auto owners in Kentucky must approach risk management differently than many of their neighbors.  To start, Kentuckians must deal with Personal Injury Protection or PIP.  Click here for more information on Kentucky’s No-Fault Insurance Program.

Kentucky Minimum Auto Liability Insurance Limits (Required Coverage)

Like other states, Kentucky has mandatory minimum auto liability limits, with minimum limits for Bodily Injury and Property Damage.  In 2018 Kentucky raised the requirement for auto liability insurance.  Additional information can be found at:

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Kentucky Base Car Insurance Coverage

Base auto insurance is composed of the mandatory liability coverages above and the following three optional coverages.

•    Collision:            The result of a vehicle colliding with a car or other object

•    Comprehensive:        Other than collision

•    Uninsured motorist and underinsured motorist: pay for your injuries when the at-fault driver has no insurance or has insufficient insurance limits.

For additional information related to Kentucky required and base auto coverage.

Optional Kentucky Car Insurance Coverage

Some of the coverages below may be beneficial to you.  Others may eliminate significant gaps in your current insurance policy.  This list intends to generate discussions.  These coverages vary among insurance companies.  Make sure to understand the coverages and limits

•    Road Side Assistance

•    Rental Car

•    Rental Car Gap Coverage:       

•    Additional Expense

•    Loan Gap/ Lease Gap

•    New Car Replacement

•    Reduction in Value

•    Identity Theft

•    Re-Keying

•    Cell Phone Coverage:           

•    Non-Owned Trailers

•    Trip Interruption Coverage

•     …and more

TruePoint Auto Insurance Insights

Your insurance company, Mother Nature, and you; each have an impact on your insurance premium.   But before you can have an impact on your car insurance premium, it’s vital that you understand the factors you need to address.

Stop leaving money on the table

Insurance companies are perpetually reconsidering the nature of every risk that they insure.   Accounts flagged as high risk will experience more rapid premium increases and in some cases, may be non-renewed. 

Clients deemed conservative or lower risk experience the opposite as insurance companies make every effort to retain that business.  If you seriously want to stop leaving money on the table, then this is important to you.  The first step is to understand the characteristics of a low-risk account, then mimic them. 

Factors that influence auto insurance premiums

Life Happens, and when it does it can Impact Auto Premiums

•    Age:        Younger and older drivers pay more for car insurance

•    Household:     More drivers in the home can lower rates

•    Location:    State, city, zip.  Each impact premiums

•    Education:    Education is a factor in some states (Prohibited Practice in Kentucky)

•    Financial:    Insurance Score, which includes Credit Score, is a significant component

•    Vehicle:        The type of vehicle, sports cars may lead to a higher premium, vehicles with a high GVW will!

•    Tickets:        DUI’s & Reckless Driving create substantial problems, but minor violations add up

•    Accidents    Impact varies due to cause, severity, past driving record, and other factors 

#Your Actions Matter    Protect everyone in your home, and save money on your auto insurance

•    For insurance companies, Conservative is King!  Avoid anything that appears radical or aggressive.  Think Mr. Rogers.  Gen X, think Barney.

•    Check tire pressure, tread and sidewalls regularly

•    Confirm that headlights work on both dim and bright

•    Regularly check taillights, brake lights and turn signals

•    Encourage drivers education and safety for all household members

•    Zero Tolerance for Distracted Driving

Stop leaving money on the table    Take advantage of discounts offered by Insurance Companies

•    There are several ways to reduce the cost of auto insurance.  Program availability and savings vary based on Insurer.

•    Some of the most significant discounts are available to those that can qualify for any of the following: Safe Driver, Multi-Policy, Continuous Insurance, and Good Payer discounts

•    Don’t worry if you didn’t qualify for any of the previous programs. There are still a lot of ways to save.  Savings associated with this group range from the high single digits to low double digits.    Early Quote, Multi-Car, Driver Training, Good Student, and Paid in Full Discounts

•    New Car, Home Ownership, Student at School, and Hybrid Vehicle Discounts:

These are a few of the more commonly offered discounts