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Missouri Auto Insurance Education

What Insurance Means, Premiums and Deductibles

Alternatives Insurance of Chesterfield | Missouri Auto Insurance Education | (636) 449-1213Alternatives Insurance of Chesterfield is not only an insurance agency, our licensed agents care about our clients’ well-being. We provide the tools and resources necessary for consumers to receive the proper Missouri Auto Insurance Education.  Helping you understand your policy is our duty as a Trusted Choice Agent.

As part of our Missouri Auto Insurance Education, we have included the basic information about your auto insurance policy. We encourage you to schedule a free review your individual policy for specific details on coverages, terms, limits, conditions, and exclusions.

Foundation of Missouri Auto Insurance

An insurance policy is a contract between a policy holder and an insurance company.  All policies are unilateral in that the policy holder pays the insurance company a premium. The purpose of an auto insurance policy is to make one whole, or return the policy holder back to their original condition prior to a covered financial loss.  For example: you own a 2015 vehicle with actual cash value of $20,000 and the car was totaled by a covered peril.  The recovery amount is limited to the amount of the actual loss incurred, and not the actual cash value – or replacement cost less depreciation.

Laws and Regulations

Missouri law requires motorists to have auto insurance.  No owner of a motor vehicle registered in Missouri may operate, register, or maintain registration of a motor vehicle, or permit another person to operate the vehicle, unless the owner maintains the required liability coverage.

* Proof of insurance shall be carried in the insured motor vehicle at all times. *

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Missouri law requires all drivers to carry some types of coverage – at least state minimum – in the amount of $25,000 because of bodily injury to or death of 1 person in any 1 accident and, subject to the limit for 1 person, $50,000 because of bodily injury to or death of 2 or more persons in any 1 accident, and $10,000 because of injury to or destruction of property of others in any 1 accident.

The Missouri Auto Insurance Policy

There are 6 primary components to your auto insurance policy and our licensed agents can help you determine the best coverages you need for your situation with a price that meets your budget.  For example: if you have 2 teenage drivers on your policy and own a $500,000 home – we would recommend enough coverage for a loss up to $500,000 so that your mortgage is covered in case of loss.

Liability Insurance protects you, the insured/policy holder, against a claim made by another party, and covers the insured’s legal responsibility to body and property damage.

  • Bodily injury liability (BI) insurance covers you if you cause an accident in which someone else is injured. Your policy is designed to pay claims for each person injured in an accident, and limits the total paid per occurrence.
  • Property damage liability (PD) insurance covers you when you damage someone else’s property. For example, your property damage will pay out when you are at fault for an accident that causes damage to someone else’s car.
  • Collision insurance pays for damage to your car if you run into another object. This coverage is not required by law, although your bank may require it if you have a lien on your car. This is commonly known as “full coverage”.
  • Comprehensive insurance covers you in case your car is damaged other than a collision. The covered perils include hail, fire, theft, flood, earthquake, explosion, falling objects, and encounters with wildlife, such as deer. Comprehensive is optional coverage and you may choose your deductible amount.
  • Uninsured/Underinsured motorist (UM/UIM) insurance covers your expenses when you are hit by a driver who does not carry adequate, if any, auto insurance. Our agents always recommend carrying uninsured/underinsured motorist insurance so that you are not left with a financial loss because of someone else’s negligence to carry auto insurance.
  • Medical insurance coverage (Med Pay/MPC) acts as primary coverage for medical expenses you and your passengers incur if injured in a motor vehicle accident, regardless who’s at fault. Med pay can help you pay your bills as soon as they are incurred.

Cost of Missouri Auto Insurance

Insurance premiums are determined by the statistics of a large group of people who share the same risk. Many factors can affect your premium, and they all help determine how likely you are to have an accident.  Click here for more information from the Insurance Information Institute.  Some of the factors that will be used to determine the cost of insurance can include your driving record, how much you drive, your age, the type of car you drive, etc.  Insurance companies obtain the ratio of exposure by analyzing industry activities and driver statistics.  For example: if you live in an area where the average age of drivers is 45 years and they have decent driving records; the risk is slim, therefore calculating a lower premium.  It’s not that simple, but you get the idea.

Missouri Auto Insurance Deductibles

A deductible for an auto insurance policy is the amount of money you agree to pay for damages before the insurance company provides payment towards the damage/loss.  Choosing a higher deductible means there is less risk of a payout for the insurance company, and so you may pay smaller premiums.  Alternatives Insurance of Chesterfield can help you make an informed decision on how to choose your deductible. Everyone’s situation is different and we understand some may be able to afford a larger deductible, others may not.

 

Contact one of our professional agents to schedule a free auto policy review and we’ll make certain you have the best coverage at the best price!  (636) 449-1213


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Dump Truck Insurance in Chesterfield Missouri

Alternatives Insurance of Chesterfield Offers Dump Truck Insurance

Dump Truck Insurance in Chesterfield Missouri | Alternatives Insurance of Chesterfield | (636) 449-1213If you use a dump truck in Chesterfield Missouri, to haul asphalt, sand, salt or remove construction debris, you need Dump Truck Insurance in Chesterfield Missouri. Depending on what you haul, you may need specialized commercial vehicle insurance as well.

Missouri dump truck insurance coverages may vary among Insurance Carriers, so it is important that you work with an Agent that represents multiple, top-rated Transportation Insurance Companies.

Alternatives Insurance of Chesterfield is a full service insurance agency that has  years of experience with Missouri Dump Truck Insurance. Our connections with some of the leading Missouri dump truck insurance carriers allows us to provide the coverages your business needs.

Our insurance agents will shop your Missouri dump truck insurance for our clients, so Dump Truck owners and operators save time from searching, and get on the road!   Alternatives Insurance of Chesterfield works with dump truck private contractors, those who owns a single dump truck, and business owners who own a full fleet of heavy-duty commercial hauling vehicles.  We work with our carriers to insure Super Dump Trucks, Heavy Duty Haulers, Salt, Sand and Gravel Trucks, Six and Ten Wheelers, and more.

Dump Truck Insurance Cost can vary based on a number of factors that the Department of Insurance considers.  These include:

  • The dump truck itself,
  • what you’re hauling,
  • where you’re hauling it,
  • the driving records of whomever is driving the dump truck,
  • personal items anyone may be carrying in the cab, and
  • the length of time a driver has been operating the type of dump truck they want to insure.

If you’re hauling hazardous materials, chemicals or explosives, it will increase your dump truck insurance premium. And if you haul aggregate, we recommend sand and gravel haulers insurance, too.

Dump Truck Insurance in Chesterfield Missouri | Alternatives Insurance of Chesterfield | (636) 449-1213Dump truck drivers should have at least the mandatory coverage required to operate commercial vehicles.  The basic policy should include bodily injury and property damage liability coverage amounts required by Missouri law.

Individually owned trucks or corporate vehicles that are used on the roads and highways of the United States are required to carry commercial truck insurance if they are used for hauling cargo for reasons of commerce. This type of policy is perfect for dump trucks, car haulers, logging trucks, fleets of small vans, refrigerated trucks, and flat bed semi-trucks.

 

Current Federal liability limit minimums for commercial vehicles are as follows:

Freights – $750,000 to $5,000,000; depending on what is being transported
Vehicles weighing less than 10,001 lbs. – $300,000; transporting non-hazardous freight
Passenger vehicles – $5,000,000
Passenger vehicles with a seating capacity of 15 passengers or fewer – $1,500,000

Our agents will examine your business needs and customize a Missouri Dump Truck Insurance commercial vehicle policy that best protects your business from risk.  There are several types of dump truck insurance coverages to consider. Some of which our agents will discuss with you are listed below:

  • Non-trucking insurance: This coverage is designed for independent owner/operators with contract jobs. It provides liability insurance if you should be involved in an accident in your truck during off-work hours.
  • Motor truck general liability insurance: This coverage will protect you from liability for damage you cause to your customer’s property while operating your vehicle on their grounds.
  • Physical damage insurance: This additional coverage provides compensation for any damage to your dump truck, and is usually required by dealerships if you are leasing your vehicle.
  • Motor truck cargo insurance: If the cargo you will be hauling on your truck is valuable, you may be required to carry motor truck cargo insurance.

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  • Collision insurance: This will cover the repair of damage to your dump truck if you collide with another vehicle or object.
  • Fire and theft insurance: This comprehensive insurance will provide compensation for damages to your vehicle from fire or theft.
  • Environmental insurance: This insurance will cover certain pollution-related losses and fines and the costs for restoration and clean-up, if necessary.
  • Rental reimbursement / downtime insurance: If your truck is damaged in an accident, this coverage will allow you to continue your business operations while your truck is being repaired or will cover business losses if continuation is not possible.
  • Off-season comprehensive only insurance: If your business is seasonal, this will save you money while protecting your vehicle while it is not in use.

Alternatives Insurance of Chesterfield goes above and beyond most insurance agencies.  We know Dump truck owners are required to have a financial responsibility filing that shows proof they are properly insured to protect them and other drivers from high-risk situations.  Our agents  have the knowledge to assist drivers with the state and federal commercial auto insurance filings and will be happy to process the required state filings on your behalf.

Contact one of our licensed insurance agents to schedule a free insurance evaluation or call now (636) 449-1213.