Is Ridesharing Covered Under My Insurance Policy?

Did you know that nearly every insurance carrier and insurance policy excludes coverage for incidents that occur when a personal vehicle is used to transport paying passengers, such as during ridesharing.

Gap in Insurance

There may be a gap in insurance coverage between the driver’s personal automobile insurance policy and the commercial policy maintained by the company, such as Uber or Lyft. And, your personal auto insurance typically excludes coverage for business use or when drivers are “available for hire.” This exclusion means that a driver’s standard personal auto insurance would not likely cover them while a Transportation Network Company (TNC) application is turned on, even if they haven’t accepted a ride request and have no passengers in the vehicle.

In addition, the largest known TNCs operating in the U.S. only provide contingent liability coverage. If there is an accident, only third parties are covered for limited damages. . Due to coverage gaps with insurance provided by TNCs, you could be left to pay for physical damage to your vehicle and a personal injury in the event of an accident. You could also be on the hook if your vehicle is hit by an uninsured or underinsured driver as TNC insurance does not provide coverage for these situations.

So, what can you do?

Langlois Insurance Agency can offer an insurance policy that fills in that gap in coverage.

Extend your personal auto policy: With RideSharing Coverage, you get nearly the same coverage during applicable ridesharing activities as you do any other time you drive. First, we will identify which vehicle you use for ridesharing. Your RideSharing Coverage will only apply to the vehicle specified on your policy. If you have other vehicles insured, the coverage will not apply to them unless you purchase coverage for each one.

Rideshare More & Worry Less

So if you are a rideshare driver, you can still continue to generate extra income or even work full-time using your personal vehicle to transport others. But you can now be assured that you have the proper coverage for this business venture. You can still love the freedom of setting your own hours and traversing the city with interesting people in tow. The difference – you will have the appropriate auto insurance coverage when you drive for a transportation network company (TNC), such as Uber or Lyft.

Call #815-485-2106 for Information

As always, please don’t hesitate to contact any of us at Langlois Insurance Agency with any questions.  We want to ensure that you are properly covered.

Warmest Regards,

Matt Langlois

What to Do If An Employee Gets Hurt on the Job

No matter what sort of business you run, accidents can always happen. Even in a “safe” office environment, an employee could be badly burned from a pot of coffee or slip on a wet floor. Since an accident could happen at any time, you’ll want to already have a worker’s compensation plan in place before rather than after an incident. To make sure you have all your bases covered, here are the steps you should take when an employee gets injured at the workplace.

Seek Immediate Medical Attention

Regardless of if you think the injury is minor or not, medical attention must be provided to the employee to assess the damage. Remember that safety always comes first and the faster you get professional help, the more likely your employee is to recover faster from their injury.

Keep a Record of the Accident

Accidents usually happen so fast that no one remembers the story right, but the second the craziness dies down, talk to everyone who witnessed it. Even if a coworker wasn’t watching the injured employee specifically, they may remember some detail that will be of use later. You will need to write down their statements of what happened, from the accident to the aftermath, as well as take pictures of the scene that caused the accident to happen. File these records away in case the employee ever tries to come back and sue you over the incident.

File the Workers Comp Report

If the injury is bad enough, your employee will likely claim workers compensation for the doctor bills. If they choose to file, as is their right, you are legally required to provide them with a form and report their claim to your insurance agent. This claim is the most important reason your business should have workers comp in place, because it will save you financially from any fees and costs that come from the injury claim.

Stay On Top of the Claim

Once your employee files for workers comp, your insurance agent will request some documentation and evidence of the accident (this is where your record-taking and pictures of the scene will come in handy). During this time, you should be open with your agency about all the details of the situation as well as check in on your employee to make sure they are recovering well.

Prevent Future Accidents

If an accident happened once, it will likely happen again. Prevent a repeat incident by looking at what caused the first injury and making adjustments. If the building was responsible, preventative measures may include a simple repair. If the injury was a result of lack of training, a company-wide education class may be in order. You could also take this time to ask your employees about other possible dangers around the workplace. For instance, maybe they need better equipment or more safety items such as gloves or masks. By taking proper precautions, you can eliminate future workers comp claims and injuries, thereby making your workplace a happier environment for your employees.

Welcome Back Your Employee

Once your employee has recovered from their work-related injury, you are legally required to allow them to return to work at your business, regardless of whether their claim was successful or not. The injury was likely not their fault and they shouldn’t be punished for something they couldn’t control.

 

By having workers compensation in place, you can protect both your employees and your business. And since your employees are essential for your business to keep running smoothly, you should want to protect them as best as you can. If your business is operating without workers comp or you need help deciding which policy to choose, give your insurance agent a call today and they will discuss the best options for your industry and amount of employees.

As always, please don’t hesitate to give me a call at #815-458-2106 with any questions about your insurance needs.  I always love to hear from my customers!

Warmest Regards,

Matt Langlois