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Auto insurance jargon buster

Don’t be intimidated by specialized insurance language. Below you’ll find definitions of some of the most common terms used when dealing with auto insurance.

Adjuster

An insurance company employee or contractor who reviews the damages and injuries caused by an accident and okays claims payments.

Bodily injury liability

Usually mandated by state law, this insurance provision covers costs associated with injuries and death that you or another driver causes while driving your car.

Flood cars: How to avoid purchasing a washed-up vehicle

The facts about flooded cars

Like other natural disasters, floods can create enormous damage to properties and vehicles. Flood vehicles offer a tempting opportunity for criminals to defraud unsuspecting consumers.

 

FAQs about direct repair programs and generic auto parts

After a car accident your insurance company may recommend you use a direct repair program (DRP) and offer the option of using generic auto parts for the repair. It's important to understand these options and their insurance ramifications.

Steps to take after an auto accident

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There are over six million auto accidents every year and taking the right steps after an accident is vital. Learn what you should do if you get involved in an accident. Spokespersons: Corporal Rob Maroney, Maryland State Police; Richard Hospital, Insurance Underwriter


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Auto insurance for teen drivers

For parents, the excitement of having a first-time driver in the house is usually tempered with worry. With little driving experience and raging hormones, immature drivers are at a higher risk for accidents. Of course, safety concern is uppermost in most parents' minds but other stressors—like the high cost of insuring your new driver and the financial liability implications of a teen driving mishap—can be reduced with these steps.

 

Driving in winter? Be prepared and stay safe

Snow, sleet, ice and below freezing temperatures all have an effect on driving conditions. During winter, safety depends on driver performance in winter hazards, good vehicle maintenance—and common sense. These tips will help you and your car weather the winter.

Prom season: Protecting teens from drunk driving

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Teenage auto accidents peak during prom season. Educate your kids to make sure this memorable night has a happy ending for everyone.


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Road rage

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Studies show that perceptions of "aggressive driving" vary across the country and your actions behind the wheel may mean very different things to different drivers. Learn some safety tips to keep you safe, and calm, on the road.


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Uninsured motorists: Threats on the road

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Drivers with no auto insurance coverage are more common than you think. And unless your own policy protects you, getting involved in an accident with an uninsured motorist will cost you.


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Protect yourself against auto theft

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Every 10 seconds, a car is broken into somewhere in the United States. Learn ways to decrease your risk and protect yourself from becoming a victim of auto theft.
Spokespersons: Viet Nguyen, Police Officer; Seth Weingast, Car Spa, Arlington, VA


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