I Can’t Make it Into the Office With my Busy Schedule. Is There Anyway to Purchase my Personal Home Insurance Without Meeting with you in the Office in Laurel, Maryland?

A busy schedule in Laurel, Maryland can prevent you from having the time to meet with an independent agent personally. If you cannot come to the office to meet with your agent, then it may be possible to obtain your personal home insurance policy over the phone or online, depending on your situation and the options that are available for your goals.

Over the Phone

When you contact us to talk to an agent over the phone, we can answer your questions and verify any details about a policy that you may be considering. An agent can help you find the right policy and then apply it to your account without wasting your time or requiring that you come into the office.

Depending on the policy and your situation, it may be necessary to answer a few security questions before any policy is applied to your account.

Over the Internet

If you do not have time to talk to an agent over the phone, then using Internet services may help. The online tools are designed to address your concerns regarding insurance coverage without bringing you into the office. You can look at the different policy options, select a policy that is appropriate for your needs and request the policy. The quote that you are offered is an estimate, so it is best to provide as many details as possible when you request an online quote to get the most accurate figures.

It is not necessary to come to the office to obtain an insurance policy. Contact us to talk to an independent agent to find out more details about the policy options that are available.

Since Laurel, Maryland State Requires all Drivers to Carry Bodily Injury and Property Damage Liability Insurance, why do I Need to Carry Under Insured Motorist Coverage?

Although you are required to have bodily injury and liability coverage in Laurel, Maryland, it is usually best to obtain under insured motorist insurance to protect your own vehicle in case an accident occurs. The reason is simple: a driver may not have enough liability protection on his or her auto policy, so he or she may not be able to pay the full cost of repairs when an accident occurs.

Liability Protection

Even though every motorist in the state is required to obtain property damage liability, the cost of repairing or replacing your vehicle may exceed the minimum amount that the state requires. Depending on the cost of your vehicle, you may discover that they can only pay for a portion of the repairs.

The rest of the costs may end up coming out of your pocket. By obtaining under insured motorist coverage, your auto insurance policy will pay the difference so that the funds to finish repairing or replacing your vehicle are not coming out of your pocket.

Finding a Policy

When you recognize the potential risks associated with only carrying the state minimum, it is important to find the right policy to address all of your concerns. Working with an independent agent will help you find an appropriate policy based on the value of your vehicle, your concerns and the amount of coverage that you want to carry.

It is important to protect your vehicle from a variety of situations. The state minimum insurance is not always enough when another driver hits your vehicle and does not have enough coverage to pay for the damages. To learn more about your coverage options, contact us to talk to an agent.

Why should I carry Personal Injury Protection coverage when I have an excellent medical plan through my employer in Laurel, MD?

When you buy an auto insurance policy in Laurel Maryland, it will include personal injury protection (PIP). You are not required by Maryland law to purchase personal injury protection, and if you decide to not buy it, you will have to sign a form that says you elected to waive the coverage.

In Maryland, the standard amount of PIP is $2,500, but you can also purchase it in amounts of $5,000 or $10,000. When you have personal injury protection, you are covered for medical bills and lost wages as a result of injuries sustained in an accident. PIP pays out on all documented claims regardless of whether the accident was your fault or the fault of the other driver. Remember, for lost wages claims, you will need to have your employer verify the amount of your wages and have a doctor write a note letting your insurance company how long you can be expected to be out of work.

Even though you may have an excellent medical plan that will pay for your medical bills, it is still wise to also add personal injury protection to your auto insurance policy. In Laurel, Maryland, your PIP not only will pay for injuries you sustain in an accident, but also, for injuries sustained by any passengers in your vehicle. Pedestrians are also covered under your PIP insurance.

Your medical plan will only pay for your medical bills and not for any other people in your car or pedestrians who may also be injured. Another important reason to purchase PIP is that you can collect 85 percent of lost wages that are a direct result of your injuries. Your medical plan will not pay for lost wages.

You should also keep in mind that Maryland personal injury protection is not exactly the same as it is in Washington – the District of Columbia. Remember that PIP does not pay for pain and suffering and that you can only claim the combined loss of medical expenses and lost wages up to the total of your PIP coverage.

You may still have more questions such as whether you can still hire an attorney if the other driver was at fault or if your PIP will pay for medical bills not covered by your medical plan. For these and any other questions, please give us a call. An independent agent will be happy to answer all of your questions.

Are newly purchased vehicles covered by my Auto insurance policy in Laurel, Maryland?

If you decide to buy a new car in Laurel, Maryland, you will also have to buy auto insurance. If you already have an existing auto insurance policy, you are usually covered under that policy for a short period of time so you can make arrangements to add the new car to your policy.

The grace period can vary from one insurer to the next, but generally, you are covered from 14 days to one month before you must have a new policy for the car you just purchased. It is always a good idea to check with your current provider to find out how such situations are handled so you do not run into any problems after you take possession of the vehicle.

If you decide to go to a dealership in Washington (District of Columbia) and trade in your old car, you will have the same coverage on the new car as you had on the old car. If you had a car that was only worth $1,000 and only had liability on that car, then you will only have liability coverage on the new car you need to insure.

If you finance your new car, the lender will almost certainly require that you carry collision and comprehensive insurance as well as the state-mandated liability coverage. It is therefore very important to contact your insurance company and add the extra coverage as soon as possible.

Although you may not legally be required to contact your auto insurance company for two weeks or 30 days, you should not wait that long. If you inform them that you just purchased a new car, they can make the necessary changes right away and you will avoid any questions about whether or not you are covered.

As your independent agent, it is our job to help you in such situations. If you are buying a new car and are concerned about making sure that there will be no lapse in your coverage, give us a call and an independent agent will take care of the paperwork.