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Auto Accidents Newsletters

Business Use Exclusion in Motorist Insurance

Some motorist insurance policies exclude coverage for injuries and damages if they occur while a vehicle is being used for a business purpose. For example, if a driver is using his or her personal van to make deliveries for the driver’s home-based business and causes a collision with another vehicle, the driver’s insurance company would refuse to pay for the damage caused to the other vehicle and for any injuries to those riding in it. In effect, the exclusion causes a vehicle to drive in and out of insurance coverage depending on its driver’s particular mission.

Fleet Auto Insurance Policies

A mention of the topic of auto insurance generally brings to mind the myriad policies that cover the individual owners and drivers and individual cars and trucks that operate every day on the streets and highways of the United States. In many cases, though, fleets of greater or lesser numbers of vehicles owned by a single entity and operated by many different individuals are sent out on the roads in order to carry out the business of their owners. The existence of such fleets creates unique issues in the area of motor vehicle insurance.

Limit of Liability Clauses in Auto Insurance

Limit of liability clauses, otherwise called limits of liability clauses, generally provide that an insurer’s total liability to a particular claimant arising out of a specific occurrence will be limited to an amount set forth in the policy, despite the specified limits of any other coverage or coverage on any other vehicle.

Rights of Injured Passengers in Auto Accident Cases

Passengers injured in automobile accidents have a right to recover compensation for their losses. It does not matter whether the driver of the vehicle in which the passenger was riding or the driver of another vehicle was at fault for the accident. In fact, a number of automobile insurance policies may be available to compensate an injured passenger. Of course, under some insurance policies, the passenger may be an excluded person. For instance, an automobile insurance policy with a passenger for consideration exclusion clause would not cover the passenger, who routinely paid the driver to take the passenger on errands or to an airport.

Setoffs and Underinsured Motorist Insurance Policies

An automobile insurance policy may contain a set-off clause, which provides that an insured cannot recover bodily injury benefits under both the liability coverage part and the underinsured motorist coverage part of the policy. When an insured fully recovers his or her losses under the liability provision of an automobile insurance policy, the insured could not then seek to recover under the underinsured motorist provision of the same policy.