When to buy accident forgiveness?

Accident Forgiveness is an additional coverage offered by Car insurance companies

 

It is only offered to drivers with no accidents

Accident Forgiveness is allowing you to purchase additional insurance that will prevent the car insurance company from raising your rate after your first at fault accident

The insurance company will remove accident forgiveness if you get into your second at fault accident and then charge your policy with 2 at fault accidents

When that happens its time to actively shop every car insurance for the best rate with two at fault accidents

 

What is the cost of Accident Forgiveness?

As low as $50 every 6 months

 

Not sure if accident forgiveness is worth it?

If you do nothing and don’t purchase accident forgiveness and you have your first at fault accident

your current insurance company will raise your rate as high as twice what you currently pay

 

So you are thinking I will just shop it with another insurance company

Insurance companies share your claim history with each other in a CLUE report

Your driving record stays with you for three years

Each new quote with another company would be rated with an at fault accident

When is the best time to buy Accident Forgiveness?

When you have a clean driving record

Accident Forgiveness is basically buying insurance to protect your rate from an increase due to an at fault accident

 

Here is an example of the cost of Accident Forgiveness vs Insurance with one at fault accident over 3 years (time needed for accident to fall off your driving record)

 

CAR INSURANCE WITH ACCIDENT FORGIVENESS

Current 6 month rate is $982

with Accident Forgiveness $1032

$1032 x 6 terms (3 years) = $6,192

 

CAR INSURANCE WITHOUT ACCIDENT FORGIVENESS

6 month rate with an At fault accident is $1,473 (50% surcharge for accident)

$1,473 x 6 terms (3 years) = $8,838

 

💲💲Additional $2,646 over 3 years with an at fault accident

 

Which insurance companies offer Accident Forgiveness?

Most insurance companies offer accident forgiveness to good drivers

But most do not

Some companies offer it but you need to wait 3 years before it goes into effect and you need to pay for it for 3 years

But one company, National General, offers instant accident forgiveness as low as $50 every 6 months

 

If you are currently a good driver with no accidents now is the time to lock in your good driving record and prevent a 100% increase on your current rate if you have an accident

You can give us a call and get your Accident Forgiveness Car insurance quote or complete our quick form

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Why you need higher auto insurance liability limits

When you first purchased auto insurance, you probably had nothing to protect.

You only needed the state minimum liability limit to make it legal for you to drive.

Your bank account was floating like your gas gauge…close to empty.

You rented an apartment or probably lived with your parents.

Fast forward to today and do you still have minimum auto liability limits?

More than likely your financial situation has changed (hopefully)

You may own a house.

You may have assets worth protecting.

 

Why should I buy higher auto liability limits?

  • Cost of Medical Treatment has increased
  • Cover the unexpected events
  • Protect your assets and your future
  • The cost of higher limits is not what you think

 

Rising costs of medical treatment

The cost of the ambulance, doctor bills, hospital stay and recovery expenses are going up.

They have been rising for years with no sign of going down.

If you cause injury to someone in an automobile, 

your policy is responsible for 

  • medical bills
  • pain and suffering
  • mental anguish
  • lost wages

 

Do you think $15,000 is enough to cover an injured person in an auto accident?

What about the injured passengers in the other car?

Probably not.

Once your liability limit is exhausted, 

the remaining expenses could be out of your pocket.

 

Cover the unexpected events of an accident

In 2014, over 6 million auto accidents happened and probably every one of those individuals thought it would never happen to them.

Something that could never happen in a million years, 

only takes a second.

Out of the 6 million auto accidents, 

2.3 million people claimed injury.

That is 38% of people involved in an accident claimed injury.

Do you think the % is higher in Orleans and Jefferson parish?

Uh…yes.

 

Protect your Future earnings

You are responsible for any judgement above your liability limits when you are involved in at-fault accident.

You owe damages to every occupant in the other vehicle.

When your liability limits are exhausted, you owe out of your pocket.

If there are no assets left, your future earnings could be garnished until the debt is paid.

 

The price increase is minimal and not what you expect

A common myth is when you increase or double your auto liability limits,

the premium doubles.

 

“So if I pay $1,000 for 15/30/25,

and I want to buy 25/50/25

my premium will go to $2,000?”

 

This is not correct.

 

Minimum limits are for individuals that have nothing to protect.

No financial assets.

Nothing.

Just need to be legal to avoid a fine.

 

The Auto Liability Game plan

Raise your auto insurance liability to 250,000/500,000/100,000

Purchase uninsured motorists limits 250,000/500,000

Obtain an Umbrella of at least 1,000,000 (5,000,000 is available)

 

What’s this all about?

The Auto Liability game plan is for anyone that is operating a motor vehicle in Louisiana.

Our litigious society is waiting for you to make a mistake behind the wheel of a car.

If you own a house, it is a no brainer.

This is what you should do now.

Call your agent and get a quote to raise your auto liability limits now.

The purpose of insurance is to protect you from a financially devastating event you can’t monetarily recover from.

You use higher auto liability limits and purchase an Umbrella so when an accident happens

and your receive the letter from the attorney,

you know you are protected financially as result of an unexpected and accidental event.

 

Safeco Insurance created an infographic to explain the need for higher auto limits

SAFECO INSURANCE INFOGRAPHIC

The infographic also shows real claim examples.

If you own a house and have minimal limits,

give us a call so we can give you the protection you need

for the value you want.

 

To learn more about the need of Uninsured Motorists Coverage

click here

To learn more about an Umbrella policy

click here