The Latest Trends In Auto Liability

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Why You Need Texas Auto Insurance

Ok, we all know driving can be dangerous, but here are the latest statistics from the auto insurance carriers. You buy Texas auto insurance to protect yourself and or your business when you have an accident or claim.  When something bad happens you want your Texas auto insurance company to respond. When it comes to auto insurance, knowledge is power.

1. Here are some facts to help educate you about auto insurance.

2. Motorcycle accidents have increased over the past five years.

3. Auto fatalities are up 3.3%.

4. Distracted drivers cause 1 in 4 accidents.

5. Every day 1,000 people are injured by distracted drivers.

6. 900 people a year die, and nearly 2,000 are injured, as a result of vehicles running red lights.

7. Cell phone usage caused 21% of all fatal accidents.

8. Medical costs have risen over 4% in the last year.

9. The average auto liability claim for property damage was $3,073.

10. The average auto liability claim for bodily injury was $14,653.

Auto Insurance

Your auto insurance program should have the following:

Auto Liability – Bodily Injury Liability Coverage pays for medical damages and funeral expenses for any people injured or killed in an accident for which you were responsible.

Auto Property Damage – Covers damage you do to a third party.

Auto Physical Damage — Covers comprehensive and collision. Collision is designed to get your car repaired if you hit an object. Comprehensive Coverage covers your vehicle in the event of damage or loss from something other than a collision. This includes theft, vandalism, nature, animals.

Uninsured Motorist – This insurance pays in the event you are hit and injured by an uninsured motorist. Even though auto insurance is required, one in four drives does not carry any insurance.

Person Injury Protection – This coverage provides no fault coverage for passengers who are injured in your vehicles.

How can Apple Insurance Specialists best serve you? Call one of our experienced agents today at (512) 302-9111 and let us demonstrate our dedication to delivering the highest quality insurance policies and best customer care.

 

 

 

Is Our Sharing Economy Creating New Risks For You?

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Uber, Airbnb and VRBO may increase your personal liability risk

We live in a digital world that now allows us to share everything from our car, bike, boat, apartment and even our home with total strangers. Smart phones, and the applications that can be added, offer many useful tools, but some of these things create new and increased auto liability for you. Before you decide to jump into the sharing economy consider the following:

Do these sharing sites have the ability to protect your confidential information? Many times you are giving your credit card information to companies that may not have the ability to protect it.

If you use Airbnb to sublease your apartment, you might check your lease. Many lease agreements have “no sublease” clauses that do not allow for this kind of activity. Also, some big cities are now actually considering outlawing the Airbnb services as it reduces hotel/motel taxes.

Uber offers a taxi service where individuals can offer rides to those who subscribe. Are you confident that these individuals have had proper background checks? Are they experienced drivers?  Do they have the correct insurance? Remember, even in states that have mandatory auto insurance laws, over 25% of drivers don’t have insurance.

Personal auto insurance issues should be considered if using your car for hire. There is a big difference in the auto insurance world between a car pool for work and being paid to deliver people.

If you rent your primary home to others, it may limit your personal insurance coverage. Call out office for a review.

The use of the new sharing economy will most likely continue and may be a good way to save money. However, if you have an uninsured claim, the cost may be much greater than the savings. Be aware that using these services may increase your risk of loss. The insurance industry will respond over time to the sharing economy, but in the meantime, there are limitations and restrictions in your current homeowner’s and personal auto insurance policies of which you need to be aware.

How can Apple Insurance Specialists best serve you? Call one of our experienced agents today at (512) 302-9111 and let us demonstrate our dedication to delivering the highest quality insurance policies and best customer care.

 

The Benefit Of An Insurance Review

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Our agency is founded and run on the philosophy that client’s needs come first and foremost. We know you hear that a lot, so we wanted to tell you how we carry out our philosophy day to day. This article is the continuation of our series on how to think differently about insurance. Every client deserves an annual insurance review. The review may take different forms depending on the individual circumstances.

Benefits To An Insurance Review

Keeps your program up to date

Provides opportunity for feedback on services

Allows for the partnership to review goals

We take time to review key exclusions and other coverage items

You may need to modify, reduce or add coverage depending on your current situation

The review does not need to take a long time 

Business Insurance Review

A business review is important because risk is constantly changing. Maybe your operations have not changed, but laws and other statutes can impact your risk and need to be addressed. Here are a few examples:

Prices change and a review can determine if you are getting competitive rates on your insurance.

Your coverage needs may have changed and your policy should reflect these changes.

There may be new insurance companies to which we have access.

Laws and regulations are changing and may require a different kind of insurance. 

Personal Insurance Review

A review of your personal insurance can be completed in person, over the phone or even via email. But the important thing is that the client and agent communicate about your personal risk and what has changed. Changes in your personal situation can have an impact on your insurance needs. Examples might include:

Change in marital status

Kids headed off to college

Remodeling of your home

Purchase of expensive jewelry

We Are An Independent Agent

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The Texas wind just blew your roof off and water is rushing in. You did not plan on this happening, but we hope your first call is to our office. We understand that during stressful times you need a partner and friend, and we are here to help you through the claim process and get your life back to normal.

There are many perks that come with using an independent agent, and we thought we would share a few with you.

Added Perks With Using An Independent Agent

We give you options – We have dozens of markets to select from, and we search them all to bring the best possible combination of price, coverage and service.

Not all markets are equal – We understand that some markets give good discounts to teen drivers, or that others have great rates on ATV and motorcycles. We take the guessing out of purchasing personal insurance.

We are local – Our staff lives and works in your community. Our kids go to school with your kids. We know and understand your needs.

Our agents are trained, licensed professionals – We educate and train our agents on insurance issues in order to keep up on the latest trends and coverage.

We support local nonprofits and community groups – We don’t just live here, we invest our time, money and staff to make our community better.

Unbiased advice is what we give you – We are not employees of any insurance company, which allows us to recommend the best option for you. Our #1 priority is to provide each customer with insurance quotes representing the best value and the protection they need to safeguard their business and personal assets.