Because insurance is such a pervasive presence in everyone's financial life, and because many industry terms are unfamiliar or arcane, Patrick Brent Roark, Nationwide Insurance Agent in Grayson, KY, lists the definitions to the following key insurance terms. This will enable you to better understand your coverage and help you make the right choices when purchasing home, auto, business, or life insurance.
Important Insurance Terms You Need to Know
A deductible is the amount you must pay toward a claim before your insurance company will start paying. It is a common feature of home, health, and auto insurance policies, and its purpose is to give you "skin in the game" so that you don't purposefully mistreat yourself or your property knowing that your insurer will bear all the financial burden. With a deductible, you share in that burden.
Liability coverage is a component of most auto, home, and business insurance policies. It pays for medical treatments, property damage, and legal costs should you injure someone or damage their property. Depending on the amount of coverage you have, it protects your assets from being consumed due to an unfortunate incident.
A rider is a formal statement by your insurer stating that an item normally not covered by insurance is, in this case, covered. For instance, although most home insurance policies do not cover earthquakes or floods, you can purchase a rider to add that protection to your policy.
A waiver is the reverse of a rider. It is a statement that an item normally covered by a policy is, in this case, waived. Typically, you receive a discount for waiving coverage.
Term life insurance is a temporary life insurance policy that lasts for a term of years. If you die while the coverage is in place, your beneficiaries receive the death benefit. It is typically inexpensive.
Whole life insurance is a permanent life insurance policy that does not expire after a term. It lasts until death and often features an investment component. It is usually more expensive than term life.
Patrick Brent Roark, Nationwide Insurance Agent, serves clients in Grayson, KY, and throughout Carter County. He offers invaluable advice and guidance on all aspects of buying home, auto, business, and life insurance. Visit his website to learn about the insurance products he represents, or call (606) 474-7818 to request an insurance quote.