Does Your Auto Insurance Cover Damage Done During a Protest or Riot?

Recently we have seen streets filled with vehicles damaged form rioters.  Damage can be a simple scratch, windshield damage, or even a fire.  The question is, “Are these kinds of losses covered under a standard auto policy?”

It is normal for people to be worried about their cars if they live in an area with active riots.  Insurance coverage that covers acts of vandalism is not part of the auto liability insurance.

According to the industry-backed Insurance Information Institute, this type of damage typically is covered under optional comprehensive insurance plans.  This coverage provides reimbursement for damage to the vehicle and its contents caused by fire, falling objects, vandalism or rioting.  Approximately two-thirds of policyholders have this coverage.  However, each policy is different so the actual coverage will depend on your individual auto policy terms and conditions.

A Few Things to Remember

  • If the damage is covered it will be subject to your policy deductible.
  • You should report the claim as soon as possible, especially if someone was injured.
  • Windshield or glass claims are often covered on a first-dollar basis with no deductible.  However, they can also contribute to increased rates.
  • Collision coverage may apply if the vehicle was moving during the time of the damage.

Did you know you can control what you pay for Mountain View auto insurance? Auto insurance is best purchased when you have a licensed professional as your advocate. Licensed professional insurance agents help you get the best price and coverage, and good communication about your insurance factors is important. Here are some examples of things you can control when purchasing auto insurance.

At Ludwig & Fawcett, Inc., we offer our clients an array of personal products such as Home, Auto, Personal Umbrella, and Life insurance.  In some instances, our clients may also choose to bundle their coverage in the form of a Home and Auto policy for increased protection and savings.