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Feb
21

Car Accidents & Insurance Myths

Myth # 1. "I pay insurance premiums and if I am involved in an accident, I know my insurance company will take care of me …"

ANSWER : Insurance companies are not your best friends especially if you are involved in an accident, and it's not clear whether you are at fault or not. Remember, insurance companies are not in the business of paying claims, no matter what their advertising says. They are in the business of collecting premiums.

Myth # 2. My friend told me, "no-fault insurance means, it's not my fault"! Is this true? "

ANSWER : No, this is a false statement because no-fault insurance means that your insurance company pays for your damages regardless of who's at fault.

Myth # 3. "I do not need car insurance since I've never had or been involved in a car accident."

ANSWER : Wrong! If you've never been in an accident, you're very lucky. However, remember that an accident occurs every 10 seconds on our roads and highways and if by the unhunction chance you do have an accident you may lose everything. Not only is it required Car insurance is the best protection you can have in the event an automobile accident occurs. In addition, it is required by the State of Texas to have some basic form of auto insurance, and failing to do so carries some fairly strict punishments.

Myth # 4. "Since it was not my fault, I do not need a personal injury attorney even though I was injured."

ANSWER : Wrong! It is important that you talk to an attorney so that he can ensure you are aware of your rights and also not persecuted by someone else's lawyer.

Austin car accident attorneys will help you:

– Evaluate any bodily injury claim to determine the amount of money to which you are entitled;

– Speak with your doctors, obtain your medical records, and billing statements so that we can notify medical care providers as to what to bill;

– Have an investigator interview witnesses, take statements, and photograph the accident scene and your vehicle;

– Resolve complex issues and negotiate an overall settlement; and

– File a lawsuit, if necessary. …

Feb
21

Important Points to Ponder Before Buying a Health Insurance Plan

A health insurance plan is an essential part of financial planning in this era of skyrocketing medical costs. Medical inflation has been aggravating at its full spree which makes it all the more important to buy a Health Insurance plan which could sponsor the hospitalization and medical treatment bills or expenses.

It is important to evaluate and look for the following parameters to get a best health plan for you and your family.

1. Check for the Waiting Period Clause

You must be feeling care free after taking an insurance, but your health insurance comes with a waiting period clause for specific conditions. There is an initial period clause which says that any hospitalization claim will not be admissible in first 30 days of the policy commencement apart from accidental hospitalization. The pre-existing diseases or conditions are also not covered immediately after you purchase a policy.There is a waiting period ranging from 2 years to 4 years as per the plan conditions in the industry. Also, there are certain surgeries and treatments like hernia, cataract, joint replacement, etc. which can be rented after a specific waiting period of 1 or 2 years.

So, it is important to check the waiting period clause before you finalize the health plan.

2. Check for Sublimits

There are certain capping or sublimits in your health plan which says that the specific kind of expenses are paid by the insurance company upto a specific limit and beyond that the insured or customer has to bear them at his own. For example: Room rent charges are capped on per day basis for different health plans. Some health plans also come with a mandatory co-pay where the portion of the claimed claim is to be born by the insured and the remaining is paid by the insurance company.

Check for the sublimits in your health plan to avoid any last minute surprises at the time of claim.

3. Check for Network Hospitals

The insurance companies offering health plans have certain empaneled network hospitals with whom they have a tie up. Any hospitalization or treatment taken in the stated or specified network hospital list is done on the cashless basis subject to policy conditions.

Check for the list of network hospitals of insurance company and ensure you have network hospitals of the insurer near your place of residence in case of any emergency hospitalization. Also, a treatment in non-network hospital may not offer cashless treatment and some insurers have a co-pay clause if you take a treatment in non-network hospital.

4. Check for the Claim Process

Different insurance companies have different claim procedures. Some settlement or administrator claims through Third Party Administrators (TPA's) and some have their own in house claim settlement unit to foster quick and hassle free claim processing. Also, check the claim settlement ratio of the insurer you intend to buy a health plan from to have a clear picture on the number of claims settled by the insurer.

It is important to have a …

Feb
16

Cruise Trip Insurance Options

If the departure date for that dream cruise is fast approaching than it might be the ideal time to put in place a suitable cruise trip insurance plan. You can be assured that most things can happen on a getaway. So, it's wise to take the necessary precedences in the event of an emergency or even just a minor incident that might put a holt to a great cruise. There are several important points to take into account with the cruise policies and companies today.

Cruise insurance is able to offer protection in the event of a sudden illness, medical emergency, or cancellation of the cruise as a result of bad weather. Protection is also in place due to lost or delayed baggage, a missed connection and several other temporaryities that may occur on a trip abroad. Apart from the aggravation of missing a connection, this can also cause a domino effect of countless problems. If a suitable cruise plan is in force, it's possible to enjoy the getaway, without all the stresses that affect a lot of travelers away from home.

Taking a moment to research the different types of cruise policies can be a great help in deciding which plan to have in force. With all the related costs that go with taking a cruise, it might be the cheapest insurance plan that's considered. But it's important to know what you will actually be covered for. Visit multiple websites or contact the companies by phone and ask to send out details of the various schemes on offer. This makes it that much easier to compare the terms, conditions, and benefits on each of the individual policies.

Cruise trip insurance is a wise choice if you really intend on kicking back and having a relaxing time on vacation. It's important to know what protection is in place in the event of possible mishaps that can not always be avoided when traveling. …

Feb
14

Cheapest Car Insurance For Imported Vehicles – 5 Tips

If you own or plan to buy an imported vehicle, you are undecidedly excited about your car. Imports can be fuel-efficient, sexy and sporty. And, like any car foreign or domestic, foreign cars require a significant investment to keep you behind the wheel.

Car ownership is never cheap. There are the car payments themselves to think about. And, then you have to pay for gas, repairs … and car insurance.

Imports And Domestic: All Cars Need Insurance

Whether a car is an import or a domestic make, you are going to need to buy insurance. Purchasing car insurance is not only a legal necessity, but it is also a moral one. But, even if these concerns are not at the top of your list, there is another very good reason to buy insurance: to protect your net worth.

You see, if you skip buying insurance or buy too little, you could be liable in civil court for damages after an accident you cause. So, besides being a legal and moral necessity, buying insurance is just plain smart.

Many Imported Vehicles Are Sports Cars

Many imported vehicles fall under the sports car header. If your car is considered as such in the eyes of most insurers, get ready to pay more for insurance than you would if you owned a minivan or a sedan. However, the good news is that you can find insurers that specialize in sports cars (see below).

Types of Insurance Coverage

There are various types of coverage. In general, you will want to consider liability insurance (to cover the other party), medical coverage (to cover your party's medical bills), collision (to cover your party's vehicle repairs) and uninsured motorist (to cover your party's bills if the other party causes the accident but is not insured).

Finding The Cheapest Car Insurance – 5 Tips

Here are 5 tips for cheapest car insurance for imported vehicles:

1. Decide wherever your car is considered an sports car: While there is no universal definition for sports car, in general sports cars are going to be those that are high performance, have two doors, and have a tuned suspension.

2. If a sports car, create a list of insurance companies who specialize in sports cars: Some insurance companies specialize in sports cars, so be sure to put together a list of them.

3. If not, compile list of best insurance companies around: If your import is not a sports car, that just opens up the field even greater for the companies you have to choose from.

4. Create a list of desired coverage types and limits: When shopping for insurance to get the cheapest rates, you are going to want to get comparable quotes from multiple companies. This means getting comparable coverage. Speak with an insurance agent about which types of coverage and coverage limits you need. Then, ask for those same types of coverage from each of the other companies you contact.

5. Contact at least 5 car insurance companies: Now, …

Feb
12

Raceway Insurance: Race Car Driver, Vehicle and Animal Racetracks

There is no doubt that racing – whether by auto, motorcycle, truck or other vehicle or animal – is a very hazardous sport. It is for this reason that insurance coverage is so important for the driver and track owner or sponsor.

Racing Car Driver Insurance

Known in the industry as AD&D Coverage, this insurance is designed specifically for the racing car drivers. Providing accident and health coverage for competing drivers, the companies that write this type of indemnity are most likely in the market for other sporting industries. In regard to racing car drivers, disability limits differ according to each individual insurer.

Vehicle Racetrack Insurance

If you have ever been part of the enthusiastic audience viewing a car, motorcycle or any other recreational vehicle race, you can well understand that there are significant risks to safety. Much like any highly populated sports event, there is the issues related to crowd control and bleacher hazards. In regard to third-party injury claims, vehicle racetrack insurance covers the owners and/or sponsors behind the event.

Specific scenarios in which a lawsuit may be initiated by an injured spectator include:

• When a grandstand or bleacher folds and falls

• When a member of the crowd is impacted by a participating car collision or accident

• When someone watching a practice session or actual race is hurt by debris hurled as a result of an accident

This particular coverage does not include protection for owners of vehicles or sports car drivers. Refer back to the above summary about racing car driver insurance for more on the topic.

Animal Racetrack Insurance

Prime examples of animal racetrack participants are horses and greyhounds, but other animals are also included. Significant risks include exposure to hay and any other combustible matter that is general part and parcel of the property. On the other hand of course, there is also the potential of damage to the involved animals as well as the possibility of damages caused by the animals to consider. The related liability factors are very much the same as any other sporting event. However, the fact that animals and employees and spectators are so close to each other, places an underscored hazard risk at the racetrack.

Then again, many of the racetracks have ongoing betting activity which clearly leaves exposure to criminal activity, defined by the indemnity industry as dishonesty exposure. When eateries are also a part of the framework, the related restaurant risk exposure and liquor liability exposure go hand in hand.

For more about related business insurance coverage, speak with an experienced independent agency that has your best interests in mind.…

Feb
11

Life Insurance 101, An Explanation of Various Types of Life Insurance

TERM LIFE INSURANCE – Life insurance for a set number or years. You can choose from 5 to 30 year terms. No cash value, if you die during the term you collect the death benefit. The policy dies after the selected term has ended and you receive nothing unless you have a, return of premium rider or you convert the policy to some form of permanent insurance.

RETURN OF PREMIUM TERM INSURANCE (ROP) – A term insurance policy that returns all or a portion of premiums paid at the end of the term if the death benefit has not been paid.

SIMPLIFIED TERM INSURANCE – Term insurance which uses a simple application. Underwriting is done electronically. No underwriting requirements by the applicant unless red flags arise out of the electronic underwriting process. Policy is usually issued much quicker than regular term. There is a limit of death benefit for this type of policy ($350,000 or less) depending on the insurance carrier. This type of policy is generally more expensive because of additional risk by the insurance carrier. Less underwriting =more risk.

CRITICAL ILLNESS INSURANCE – Applied for as a stand-alone policy or as a rider to another life insurance policy. Pay immediate benefit for a covered illness even if death does not occur.

ACCIDENTAL DEATH INSURANCE – Pays benefit in event of a covered sudden accidental death. Applied for as a stand-alone policy or as a rider to another form of life insurance.

MORTGAGE PROTECTION INSURANCE OR DECREASING TERM INSURANCE – Term insurance that pays the balance of your mortgage should death occur. The amount of death benefit decreases to match the amount owed on mortgage. The insurance is set up to end at the same time your mortgage is set to end.

UNIVERSAL LIFE INSURANCE (non variable) – Flexible premiums. Can be a permanent insurance as long as premiums are paid and policy is funded properly. Investment policy in which risk lies with insurance company.

Has a minimum guaranteed interest rate which differs by company. This policy has the ability to gain contract value. The death benefit can be set to level (death benefit stays the same throughout) or increasing (death benefit increases as contract value rises). You may obtain loans or make withdraws but you must be careful, if the policy is not funded, it will collapse.

VARIABLE UNIVERSAL LIFE INSURANCE – Agent must have securities license to sell. Very similar to non-variable universal life. The difference is that the policy owner assumes investment risk. There is no guaranteed interest rate. Policy can collapse if investment does not do well and policy is not funded properly.

WHOLE LIFE INSURANCE – Simply put, you pay the premium and the policy will last your whole life. You usually have an option to borrow against the policy, amount depends on the value of the policy. This type of policy is usually much more expensive than the universal life policy.

GRADED BENEFITS WHOLE LIFE – Partial or no benefits paid until a …

Feb
9

Pet Insurance – What You Need to Know

It’s a common mistake thinking that pet insurance is a new thing. The first policy was actually written in the late 19th century. It’s important to point that out because as a potential buyer you need to know this industry has had its time to grow up and learn its own tricks and it’s your job to see through each of those.

Being able to tell which policies benefit the insurance companies and which benefit you is a daunting task. Writers are hired to cleverly word points to mask the downsides and the self interest that the company doesn’t want you to see.

To illustrate this point I’ll give you a few examples:

You decide to get insurance on your mischievous dog, you’re worried that his tendency to weasel his way out of your yard will cause him to get hit one day and you want to make sure you’ll have the money to help him through it. You get an insurance plan and one day when he does escape he nearly gets hit. Thankfully the driver swerves out of the way and misses your dog. Unfortunately he also hit a parked car and through your particular contract offers no liability insurance so now you will end up paying a fortune. Did you know your insurance should cover you for that?

For another example you buy a brand new puppy and decide that you’d better insure it right away. What you failed to realize is that neutering your puppy and vaccinating it were considered elective procedures and are not covered by your insurance plan. Now not only are you paying for insurance, but you’re also still paying for procedures that could have been covered had you even known about elective procedures.

Lastly did you know that if your pet has previously been through a certain procedure that if you do not have the right plan the insurance company can refuse your pet going through the same procedure again?

Don’t be fooled into thinking it will be simple because it is pet insurance. The fact of the matter is that you are buying insurance, and like every other kind of insurance you can buy it comes with it’s quirks and back-aches.

Finding the right plan can often be a difficult time depending on the needs of you and your pet, and to make matters worse finding the wrong plan for a few years then switching is more likely to make the cost go up with the age of the pet. Pet insurance can be tricky business!…

Feb
9

How to Buy Quality Mexican Insurance Online

Typical Mexican Insurance Online Problems:

1. Not buying car Insurance for Mexico

U.S. and Canadian auto insurance is NOT recognized in Mexico and is invalid due to territorial exclusions. Travelers who don’t have auto insurance for Mexico and have an accident may spend many hours or days in jail and have their vehicle confiscated.

2. Forgetting to Buy Emergency Medical Assistance with your Mexican Auto Insurance Online Policy.

Mexico is an adventure and can become a perilous journey without emergency assistance coverage.The majority of health providers in the States do not cover Mexico.

3. How to Find Mexican Insurance Online Website.

It is suggested that you purchase Mexican insurance Online before entering Mexico. Although Mexican car insurance can be purchased from various vendors just prior to crossing the border, you may have difficulty verifying if your coverage is adequate and from a quality carrier approved by the Mexican government. You will probably pay more than you need to!

4. Legal Help and Bail Bond Expenses.

Here is an area is often forgotten in policy coverage. Your Mexico Auto Insurance policy should include an endorsement for Legal Assistance and Bond Expenses.

5. When you buy coverage, you should receive the following items to take with you on your trip:

* Authentic and admitted Mexican auto insurance policy printed legibly in Spanish and English.

* Accident instructions and important policy information.

* Essential phone numbers (Vital to keep on you in your wallet as well as in your vehicle)

* Car Insurance Premium payment receipt.

* Mexican Insurance ID cards with your certificate number and important phone numbers identified as working in Mexico or good in the US.

Make sure your plan covers your entire stay. All companies have daily, weekly, and yearly policies. You may find it less expensive to buy coverage with a longer period if you plan to stay over 20- 25 days.

Keep the ID Cards in your wallet or purse and keep the Mexican Insurance Online certificate and accident instructions in your glove compartment.

It is very important to separate them in case your car is stolen, or the authorities take your papers (frequently they don’t give them back) and you need to call the insurance company for translation or legal help.…

Feb
7

Getting Low Auto Insurance Rates – Cheap Car Insurance Policies

First of all, avoid being in an accident. Having a clean accident-free driving record is a big plus for negotiating lower rates from your auto insurance provider. That you are a good driver makes the risk level for the insurance agency to be relatively low thereby giving you more power to make certain demands especially on lower rate considerations.

Also having a clean driving record will make you top choice and a better client to the insurance companies around.

You should endeavor to understand some of the value added services that auto insurance companies provide. Most times, these services help you save both time and money. A good insurance company will certainly love to have smiling customers and one of the greatest means for achieving this is to increase service value while maintaining price points or even lowering the overall price.

You can save more if you have multiple policies running on the same account. For example you can have a life insurance policy, home renters insurance and your auto insurance policy all being active in the same account. This will typically prompt for a lower rate negotiation.

Insurance companies will cross check on some of your personal behaviors and habits. If you have a record of getting drunk on alcohol or excessive speeding with friends and over loading vehicles, then your record is that of a high risk for the insurance companies. Having a non-destructive record will certainly give you more points for lower rates. The first step for you to get your lower rates is to get free auto insurance quotes from trusted agents online.

Where To Start? …

Feb
6

Some Things Your Car Insurance Company Won’t Tell You

1. How to determine the value of “total loss.”

Most companies will tell you that they use at least three methods or schemes to determine the actual a totaled vehicle’s value including value books, computer-generated quotes from dealers, and local market research. In this case, you will probably think that local area is your current neighborhood, but it is not specifically defined by the insurer. If, in any case, the company cannot find an auto replacement in your neighborhood, so they have to find it not from your “local area,” your totaled car’s value is certainly affected. For example, if you currently live in New York, replacing your totaled vehicle in suburbs will be cheaper than in the city. Insurance company will, of course, use quotes from suburbs area as the most-reasonably-priced estimates. The main purpose in totaling a vehicle is to allow the consumer (the insured person) to purchase the same car that is totaled in an accident within the local market. Since they use three different schemes to figure out real value of a totaled car, a consumer may end up with a cheaper car than the totaled one. It is impossible to be sure what value you will get when your company does not tell you how they determine it.

Fortunately, you can do some smart methods to help yourself and your company to do the value determination. First, you have to produce valid proof that your car was in good conditions when the accident occurred; car in good condition has better value than a wreck. Bring a copy of maintenance records including oil changes and inspection by an authorized mechanic. The records will tell your company that your auto was regularly maintained, meaning it was actually in great shape (in terms of appearance and performance) when the accident occurred. Moreover, you probably had special features installed such as multimedia system, anti-theft system, anti-lock brakes, rear view camera, or 5-harness seat belt. The car insurance company may charge you more because of some special upgrades, so make sure that your insurer includes that in the evaluation.

Another good thing is to find at least three dealers and get quotes on replacement from them; make sure all dealers in your local area or at least within short driving distance from your home. Present the quotes to your insurer and ask your insurer to provide a list of some car dealers who probably can provide a car for the price listed in the quotes. If you are not satisfied with the company’s value determination or you get less than you expect, you can choose to do mediation. So, meaning you present the case to third party (neutral) to get help to settle the dispute, or arbitration, or you can even request a formal inquiry to the court.

2. If you want to cancel your policy, do it officially

Most companies say that consumers can cancel their policies at any date, but you need to notify the insurer concerning the …