Wondering why your homeowner's insurance premium continues to rise... This might have something to do with it.
Insurance claims resulting from hail storm damage increased 84% in 2012 from their 2010 level, according to the National Insurance Crime Bureau. In 2010, there were 467,602 hail damage claims filed. This number increased to 689,267 in 2011 and to 861,597 in 2012 - an overall increase of 84% from 2010 to 2012.
The claims activity follows the hail storm activity as posted on the National Weather Service's Storm Prediction Center. In 2010, 2011 and 2012, Texas was the state with the most hail storm events with 557, 741 and 795, respectively.
- Property and liability: Most insurance policies will cover both property and liability. This means that your insurance will cover property damage or loss as well as anything that may happen on your property for which you are liable, such as injury or death. Most homeowner policies will have you pay for both property and liability insurance under a single premium, so you don't have to worry about separate payments to your insurance company.
- Cost of home insurance: The cost of your home insurance depends on many factors, but it is primarily determined by what it would cost to replace your house. There are many other factors that could affect the cost, too. How likely it is that your home could be damaged or destroyed will also heavily affect your cost. If your home is in a high-risk area for floods or other disasters, your premium likely will be higher, unless that kind of coverage is excluded. Homes built to withstand earthquakes, near fire stations, or in low-risk areas are frequently less expensive to insure.
- Disasters: Certain types of disasters that could damage or destroy your home, such as floods or earthquakes, may or may not be included in your insurance policy. As a homeowner, you'll want to look into what is and is not covered and consider the disasters that could affect your home. Read the exclusions section of any policy you are considering to determine what might not be included in your policy. Additional insurance can usually be purchased to cover certain disasters, and you may want to purchase additional policies to cover these risks if your home is susceptible to them.
- Types of policies and coverage: Several types of home insurance policies are available, and most range between an HO1 and HO8 policy. The differences between policies consist primarily of what coverage they offer. A basic HO1, for example, covers against 11 listed perils, but an HO2 protects against 17. There are types of policies to cover condominiums and older homes. Research the types of policies and coverage to determine which is best for you and your home.
- Loan approval: Most home loans require you to purchase homeowners' insurance to be approved for the loan. The insurance protects the bank if anything were to happen to the home and protects you as well. If your home is destroyed in a manner covered under your policy, your homeowners' insurance would cover the cost of the home, which could then be used to cover the mortgage on the home.
Here is an Important Tip: Never cut corners on your homeowner's insurance. Do yourself a favor and get fully covered. When you've had an unfortunate event occur and you need to call upon your coverage, you're already going to have enough to deal with than having to worry about is your insurance going to be enough to cover all of your expenses. Why not get the best coverage possible? Having the extra coverage is not very costly, typically only a few extra dollars a month. It is definitely worth the peace of mind.
Last Tip: To get the best possible rate and coverage, consult with an Independent Insurance Agent - NOT a representative of one specific company. Independent Agents are like mortgage brokers, they can shop around the insurance market to provide you with the best possible policy at the best price.
Distracted driving endangers not only those behind the wheel but also their passengers, fellow road occupants and pedestrians. In fact, drivers using hand-held devices are four times more likely to get into crashes serious enough to injure themselves, a statistic that has led to them being banned in 11 states. The consequences of distracted driving can also be tragic. Teen drivers are more likely than any other age group to be involved in a fatal crash where distraction was cited. Although texting while driving poses an enormous crash risk, with young adults listed as the most notorious offenders, it surprisingly did not claim the top spot on the list. Click here to find out which habit did and view the full list of the 10 Deadliest Distractions and also learn how to avoid them.
A variety of factors make car insurance rates more painful in some states than others. For instance, the number of insurers competing for business, driving conditions, the portion of drivers who are uninsured, and the way state insurance systems are set up. The highest average car insurance rates in the nation are Louisiana, Michigan and Georgia. Louisiana ranks the highest with an average annual premium of $2,669. Maine held the bottom position with an average annual premium of $934. Texas faired close to the middle holding up the 19th position with an average annual premium of $1,545. So, the next time you fret over paying your car insurance bill just be thankful you're not residing in Louisiana!
- All 50 states require drivers to carry auto insurance
- 16% of all drivers are uninsured
- 84% of drivers use seatbelts
- It's a myth that the color of your car will affect your auto insurance rate
- Teen aged boys cost more to insure than teen aged girls
- Auto premiums substantially decrease after a driver turns 25
- 28% of all auto fatalities are younger than 25
- On average drivers will have an auto accident claim every 17.9 years
- Auto Insurance is tax deductible for business use
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