Texas Business Insurance 101

Texas Business Insurance

The world is changing, and we understand the issues Texas businesses face every day. There is constant competition for your customers, there are challenges in attracting and retaining top talent, and your cost of goods keeps going up. Part of your planning should include an annual business insurance review. Your business changes, and so do your exposures. Here are some of the major kinds of liability coverage found in most business insurance programs.

Commercial Liability

Bodily Injury – Bodily injury to a third party.

Property Damage – Damage to a third party’s property (equipment building etc.).

Personal Injury – Injury to the mind or emotions, as opposed to an injury to property.

Advertising Liability – Damages arising out of advertising, libel, slander and invasion of privacy.

Products & Completed Operations – Liability arising out of products you sell or business operations and services conducted, excluding professional services.

Premises – Covers liability arising out of injury to third parties while on your premises.

Management Liability – This might include cyber, employment, and professional liability coverage. Directors and officers liability also might fall under this category.

Umbrella – Provides excess liability over primary auto and commercial liability policies.

Pollution – Coverage for accidental release of pollutants. 

Business Auto

Covers vehicles owned by the company for business use and can include comprehensive and collision

Risk is a factor for whatever business you are in. We provide business insurance solutions to help you manage your risk, which keeps you in business. Apple Insurance Specialists understands how the right insurance can protect you and your business from any unforeseen liabilities

Are You A High Risk Driver?

MF 3045443A “high-risk” driver is generally defined by the insurance companies as someone who has a higher risk of having an auto accident. Auto insurance companies often see high-risk drivers as undesirable, as they may end up costing a great deal in claims.

Why you may be defined as a high risk driver?

You have multiple accidents or tickets during a specific period of time.

You have a DUI.

You have a serious violation.

Any accident that results in a fatality.

Driving without a license.

Driving without insurance.

You drive an exotic car.

For whatever reason, your auto insurance has lapsed.

How to get auto insurance if you are considered high risk

You may need non-standard insurance.

SR-22 insurance for specific situations.

Allow your agent to shop auto insurance for you.

Determine what auto insurance discounts you may be eligible for.

Improve your driving skills.

Consider a lower risk car.

What to Do When There Is a Deer in Your Headlights

As the outdoor temperature gradually drops, animal activity and deer-vehicle accidents increase. Every year across the country, deer and other animals cause millions of dollars in vehicle damage as well as thousands of injuries and hundreds of fatalities. Whether you are taking your family on a trip through the woods or just traveling on business, the following safety tips are intended to save your life and prevent accidents.

Drivers should review their auto insurance policies since not all policies cover damage caused by deer strikes. Comprehensive coverage is optional insurance but it does cover deer strikes. If you only have collision coverage or liability coverage, your insurance carrier will not cover damage to your vehicle resulting from a collision with an animal.

Actions to Consider

Heed the warning signs.  Posted warnings of deer and animal crossing are there for a reason.

Always drive at a safe speed.

Many animals move around at dusk and early morning.

Observe your surroundings. Actively scan the sides of the roads as you drive for any signs of wildlife.

September through January is a time when deer and elk are particularly active.

Deer and elk are herd animals, so if you see one, there may be more.

Don’t rely on vehicle-mounted whistles or reflectors to keep deer away from your vehicle. Studies show they are not effective.

Notify the local law enforcement agency if you have an accident with an animal.

Contact the local emergency services if anyone is injured.

If you have comprehensive coverage, deer accidents are covered.  However, if you swerve to avoid hitting the deer and hit another vehicle, that would be considered collision coverage, and is many times more expensive for your insurer and you.

We hope you never have to worry about hitting a deer or other animal.  Please slow down and be safe. Taking simple precautions can be the difference between having an accident with a deer, and almost having an accident with a deer.

 

Why Auto Insurance May Be The Most Important Financial Decision You Make

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Auto Insurance Facts

According to the U.S. Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), there are five leading factors involved in auto accidents.

Drunk Driving: Crashes caused by drivers under the influence of alcohol (DUI) accounted for 18 percent of the total economic loss due to motor vehicle crashes. DUI crashes also cost the nation $49 billion dollars, an average cost of $158 dollars for every person in the U.S.  Including lost quality of life, these crashes were responsible for $199 billion dollars, or 23 percent of the overall societal harm caused by motor vehicle crashes.

Speeding: Crashes involving a speeding vehicle traveling over the posted speed limit, or too fast for conditions, accounted for 21 percent of the total economic loss and cost the nation $59 billion dollars in 2013.  This is an average cost of $191 dollars for every person in the U.S.

Distraction: Crashes involving a distracted driver accounted for 17 percent of the total economic loss and cost the nation $46 billion dollars in 2013.

Pedestrians and Bicyclists: Crashes involving pedestrians and bicyclists accounted for 7 percent of the total economic loss and cost the nation $19 billion dollars in 2013.

Seatbelts: Seatbelt use prevented $69 billion dollars in medical care, lost productivity, and other injury related costs. Conversely, preventable fatalities and injuries to unbelted occupants accounted for 5 percent of the total economic loss and cost the nation $14 billion dollars in 2013.

Auto Insurance Coverage

Having the right kind of auto insurance can protect you from serious financial loss.

Auto liability

Auto physical damage & collision

Uninsured motorist

Personal injury protection

Auto medical payments

 

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.

 

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.