Maybe you are sitting at a friend’s house and you have to quickly drive his car to the grocery store. Maybe you recently rented a new nanny and he doesn’t have his own car. These are situations in which you need to know if your car insurance covers the driver or the vehicle listed in the policy. Does insurance follow the car or the driver?
In most cases, auto insurance covers a specific vehicle. The policy holder bears basic protection in the event of an accident. If someone drives a rented car, their car insurance would act as additional insurance, but the car owner would be responsible for the insurance as well as any damage outside the policy. As a result of this incident, the policyholder insurance rates may increase.
Some types of car insurance follow the driver. But generally, car insurance follows the car. So if your friend borrows a car and falls into an accident, your car insurance extends to your friend. But because we are dealing with insurance, there are many exceptions. Regulations vary depending on where you live. In fact, the rules for auto insurance are different in every state.
The owner must agree
An uninsured person will most likely need the owner’s permission to drive the vehicle to cover insurance. You don’t have to write a formal letter. Oral consent is generally sufficient.
In addition, insurance can remain with the vehicle if it is stolen, even if the thief is obviously not allowed to.
Drivers who are not covered by the policy may be insured in the following situations:
- When extended family members visit you or stay at home with you.
- When sharing responsibility for driving while traveling or long driving.
- When friends and family borrow a car when their car is being repaired.
There are several scenarios in which specific drivers and activities will generally not be covered by the policy.
Do car insurance policies cover the driver or the car?
Standard insurance policies include a car. By adding complementary rules, you can guarantee that the driver and vehicle will be protected in the event of an accident. If you have a policy with a named driver, any driver you want to include must be added to the policy. If you have someone who drives your car but does not live with you, consult with them and suggest that they will receive a non-owner policy. You can drive safely with the right car insurance.
Why is insurance important?
The policy primarily protects you – as the driver of the vehicle – against claims from any victims in a situation where the consequence is damage to health or loss of health, injury, death, damage or loss of property. This situation does not have to take place in road traffic, but also e.g. when parking (or even parking), getting on / off the vehicle, or loading / unloading it. The policy also protects your passengers, even if you are guilty of harm.
The insurance will cover the cost of damage as part of the treatment / rehabilitation of the injured person and as part of the repair of damaged property (car, home, fence, etc.).
Remember: to cover your own damages, protect your property, insurance, often additional insurance is needed.