Disability Coverage

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Disability insurance policies are designed to pay part of your wages should you be injured in an accident or are unable to work because of illness. Here are two types of policies available: long-term disability and short-term disability.

Short term disability pays a portion of your wages should you be out of work due to injury for up to one year. Some employers pay for this benefit for their employees, some offer it for employees to purchase.

If you have a pre-existing medical condition, the time to enroll is during the initial enrollment period when a medical exam is not required.

Replacement of wages is only partial; insurance underwriters, as well as your employer, want you back at work as soon as possible. Usually there is a waiting period of 14 days in which you will not receive payment.

Long term disability policies are purchased to replace what your potential earnings would be from the time you become disabled until age 65 when Medicare would be available.

For instance, if you are 55 and make £40,000 per year, you should purchase a policy for £400,000.

You cannot get a long term disability policy if

(1) you are or are soon to be pregnant,

(2) make less than £18,000 per year,

(3) are unemployed, or

(4) you are required to carry a weapon for your job.

Typically, the waiting period for long-term insurance to kick is at least 60 days and as much as a year.

Disability insurance is an important aspect of your overall insurance coverage plan, and if your employer offers it as a benefit you should definitely consider it as a wise investment.
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Uninsured Cars To Be Crushed

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Are you one of the one in twenty motorists who regularly drive without insurance? You'd better watch out - your car could be heading for the crusher and shipped off to the world's biggest scrap smelter in China!

New powers now allow the police to seize, impound and crush any car found on the road without insurance. A pilot scheme was introduced in Durham last spring. Since then, police have impounded more than 1,200 cars. Of those around half have been crushed into cubes and packed off for smelting.

Operation Takeaway as the pilot scheme was known, has been such a big success, that police forces throughout the UK are enthusiastically polishing up their tow trucks. The scheme is now supported by a new national police database that's supported by the insurance industry. It enables the police to check the insurance status of every car in the UK whilst they're sitting in their patrol car.

Now if you're caught red handed without car insurance you're forced to hand your keys to the police at the roadside. There are no exceptions - this applies to everyone; it doesn't matter if it's just a forgetful mistake or conscious driving without insurance.

Then you'll have to get your skates on! You've just 14 days to produce a valid insurance policy to the police and collect your car. And other costs mount up. Before you can collect your car, you have to pay the cost of kerbside recovery (around £105) and the cost of secure storage - and that could easily amount to £15 a day. So, if you leave collecting your car to the 14th day, you could be in for a bill for £315.

And if you don't reclaim your car, off to the crusher it goes!

During the pilot scheme, the cost of crushing the cars was partly funded by Direct Line. They have estimated that Operation Takeaway prevented up to 2,000 accidents. And many of the cars impounded by the police were found to be un-roadworthy.

A police spokesman said, “ Uninsured drivers are often guilty of many other offenses. Such as having neither driving license nor MOT certificate. We are doing everything in our power to get these dangerous and illegal drivers off our roads”.

Indeed, uninsured drivers are much greater problem than many of us would expect. The Department of Transport recently reported that 1 in 20 motorists regularly drive without insurance. Furthermore, research from the Association of British Insurers discovered that uninsured drivers are amongst the most dangerous on the roads. On average they cause one accident every six months and are three times more likely to be convicted of driving without due care and attention.

And who pays for those uninsured accidents? We do! The average car insurance premium is loaded by £30 to cover the cost of damage caused by uninsured motorists. Across the UK that adds up to an extra £500 million paid out each year by the law-abiding motorists!

But that's not the end of our financial pain. If an uninsured vehicle collides into your car, it's still recorded as a “fault claim” on your policy. This means you'll have to pay the excess when your car is repaired and unless you've got Claims Protection on your policy, your no-claims bonus will take a knocking. Over a two-year period, the reduction in your no claims bonus could easily cost £275 in higher premiums.

The move to take cars off the road and crush them has been warmly welcomed by the Association of British Insurers. The ABI has long criticized the leniency of punishment handed out by the courts to uninsured motorists but they still want tougher penalties. Offenders are typically fined just £150 to £200 - with time to pay - and this is much less than the average car insurance premium. Surely this cannot be true justice!
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Buying the best available Auto Insurance

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Auto insurance refers to the insurance that is common for insuring all types of vehicles against all kinds of uncertainties that may cause bodily damage to the vehicle. The sole reason behind insuring the vehicles is that it gives protection against the losses incurred due to accidents. Auto insurance is available for consumers who want to buy such insurance, to protect the life span of their vehicles and also for recovering the amount of the damage that the vehicle survives. People usually buy these insurances for all kind of automobiles like cars, trucks and other kind of vehicles, to avoid any risk. Different kinds of coverages have been started by the insurance companies, to suit the interests and the needs of the insured.

Before buying auto insurance, it is very important that the person goes for a thorough analysis of the proposals offered by different companies for such insurances. Different companies offer different quotes for the insurance of the vehicle, the consumer must look out for the best one, which suits his needs and which proves to be very economical. Many companies also give different discount schemes to attract more and more consumers. The consumer can save a good deal, while purchasing auto insurance by comparing the quotes of different companies and choosing the cheapest one which satisfies all his needs.

Quotes from different companies can be compared on the internet, for buying the best available auto insurance, it provides a wider platform to the consumer, where he can easily access and compare quotes from several companies and choose one among them. The main thing about choosing a quote is that the quote need not necessarily be cheap but the company must be an established one on which the customer zeros on.

The consumer should not only compare the quotes of different companies but also companies, their reputation and their way of service. While comparing, the consumer is more acquainted with the different kind of coverages that are available and choose among them according to the needs.

The major hullabaloo about insuring automobiles is the increasing reckless accidents that are tolling high on the records. These can only be reduced once the certainty of the accidents is reduced. The companies quote their prices for insuring depends of various factors like the age of person to whom the vehicle belongs, the location where the car is bought and supposed to be used in the area and also many other factors. The details regarding the car like its parking place, whether it has a garage because that reduces the risk of being stolen or damaged. Also the mileage of the car is a deciding factor of the quoting the price of insurance.
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