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How to Prevent Rejection of Your Two-Wheeler Insurance Claims?

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By NewsGram StaffWriter

The thought of the wind swirling in your hair as you sweep your new bike in the streets is the stuff of fantasies. Riding high on your two-wheeler might be your passion; however, with that speed and thrill, there is a responsibility to protect yourself and your vehicle also. Here comes a two-wheeler insurance policy that insures your vehicle against any perceived damage.

However, most of us buy a two-wheeler insurance policy without knowing what it entails. God forbid, if any damage happens to your vehicle, are you sure that the insurer will settle your claim? There are various reasons on the basis of which an insurer can repudiate your two-wheeler insurance claims. Let’s have a look at some of the reasons of claim rejection and necessary steps to prevent them:

  1. Repairing the vehicle without informing the insurer: Many vehicle owners get their damaged vehicle repaired after an accident and then approach their insurer for reimbursements. As insurance companies find it difficult to validate losses, they reject claims of such policyholders.

Solution: You should first inform the insurer so that their authorized person can come to inspect your vehicle and estimate the extent of loss.

  1. Undeclared modifications to the vehicle: If you have done modifications to your vehicle but haven’t covered it while buying the policy, your insurer can reject your claim application even if losses occur due to some reasons.

Solution: Your insurer needs to be updated about any modification you or the previous owner has made to the vehicle, in case of a second-hand vehicle. Be it engine related or an added accessory, all changes made to the vehicle that alter it from its factory standard must be properly declared, else your claim can be rejected by the insurer.

  1. Non-disclosure of material facts: If there is a non-disclosure of material facts or misrepresentation at the time of filing for a claim, it amounts to a breach of the duty of utmost good faith. As a result, the insurer can reject your claim as if it never existed.

Solution: It is imperative for policyholders to understand that the insurance contract is guided by underwriting principles which are based on the information given by them. Therefore, stating all things correctly in a policy document is crucial.

  1. Losses not covered under the policy: There are certain perils, such as mechanical breakdown, consequential loss, and damages due to nuclear weapons or wars, which are not covered. If a claim is filed in respect of such losses, the insurer can reject your application.

Solution: Read all policy documents carefully and understand them well. In case of a doubt, seek clarification from the insurer.

  1. Drunken driving: The insurer can reject your claim if the accident happened when the driver was under the influence of drugs or alcohol. The insurer can reject your claim on this ground and no court will hear your case.

Solution: Driving requires your full attention and drinking causes hindrance. So stay away from alcohol or drugs while driving.

  1. Invalid driving license: Driving license is valid for a considerable period of time and after that you need to renew it. However, if the accident happened when you or someone else was driving your vehicle without a valid driving license, your two-wheeler insurance policy claim will be rejected.

Solution: Mr. Nitin Gadkari, India’s transport minister, had revealed that almost one-third of driving licenses in India are invalid. Meanwhile, whatever the corruption and malpractices prevalent in issuing driving license in India, it is in the best interest of people to get a valid license.

  1. No transfer of ownership: Remember, the insurance policy is bought in the owner’s name and not in the vehicle’s and hence this transfer of name is an important parameter to consider after you purchase your second-hand vehicle. In case where transfer formalities have not been done, the policy becomes null and void.

Solution: At the time of buying a second-hand vehicle, make sure to transfer your name in the policy copy.

  1. Usage: A personal vehicle can’t be used for commercial purposes. Your claim will be rejected if losses happened due to use of a personal vehicle for commercial purposes or for any other illegal activity.

Solution: Never use your vehicle for some other purpose. Also, do not lend your vehicle to any other person without knowing the actual purpose.

Conclusion

Your two-wheeler insurance policy is a smart investment that can save you from unaccounted expenses. However, merely buying the policy is no guarantee that the insurance company will pay for all losses and damages. Therefore, be true, instead of being reckless and take all necessary steps to avoid rejection of your claims.

 

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State Bank of India to initiate process for selling 10 percent of its shares in its life insurance arm through IPO

The bank also said it would explore the possibility of diluting 8 percent of its stake in SBI Life Insurance through IPO offer, out of total 10 per cent offer for sale

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Mumbai, March 24, 2017: India’s largest lender, the State Bank of India on Friday said it would initiate the process for selling 10 percent of its shares in its life insurance arm through an initial public offering (IPO).

According to a regulatory filing, the executive committee of the SBI’s central board has accorded in-principle approval to “initiate process for offer for sale of 10 percent of shares through initial public offer”.

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The bank also said it would explore the possibility of diluting 8 percent of its stake in SBI Life Insurance through IPO offer, out of total 10 per cent offer for sale.

SBI owns 70.1 per cent of the life insurer while BNP Paribas Cardif owns 26 percent. (IANS)

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Don’t get caught up in jargons, just call an insurance brokerage firm!

Insurance brokers in India work towards bringing an organized approach towards searching, analyzing and finalizing an insurance policy

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August 26, 2016: In the scenario where risk persists in everything that you do, you just cannot think of moving ahead in life without the right set of insurance policies as your real time savior.

Graph showing Insurance penetration in India and world. Image source: Swiss Re, Sigma

Source: CRISIL’s latest Report on Indian Insurance Industry (Oct 2015) – Details & Review

The table above clearly indicates that insurance penetration in India has not gained much momentum over the last many years. According to the CRISIL’s report on Indian insurance industry, India has an average of 3.1 percent in terms of the life insurance penetration in comparison to the global average penetration for life insurance as 3.5 percent. Further, India’s share of the global non-life insurance industry is just 0.7 percent.

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A major reason for the lesser penetration is the lack of awareness about the importance of different insurance policies. Insurance brokers in India can play a major role in taking India on the path of greater insurance penetration by making their clients aware of the importance of both – life insurance and non-life insurance. Holding expertise for different insurance policies, insurance brokerage firms assist you in taking the best policies for yourself with clarity about the hidden extra coverage and other insurance jargons.

How an insurance brokerage firm creates a difference for good?

Insurance brokers in India work towards bringing an organized approach towards searching, analyzing and finalizing an insurance policy. The five pillars on which an insurance brokerage firm relies upon while serving its clients are:

Expert advice

Insurance brokerage firms are those licensed setups, which can bring the experience and judgment of its expert brokers in getting the best coverage under any insurance policy. They are your personal advisors who first understand your insurance needs and then start hunting for the best policy that covers your individual requirements.

Trust building

Insurance brokerage firms work on the principle of building a relation of trust with its clients so that they can feel free to discuss their individual and business needs for insurance. A brokerage firm’s advice should be free from any biases towards the insurance company and focus completely on the benefits of the policy-holders by getting maximum coverage at best prices.

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Transparency

Employees at a certified brokerage firm can help you in gaining more information about different insurance firms and the policies they provide. Also, when it comes to comparing policies from different insurance firms, insurance brokers can help in making things sorted by bringing more transparency into the process.

Advocacy for quick claim settlement

Disputed claims can prove detrimental for your peace of mind. So, why not leave the worries of claim settlement on your insurance brokerage firm? In most of the cases, its knowledge about different issues helps in prompt claim settlement. Moreover, an insurance brokerage firm gives you the assurance of not missing out on any coverage out of ignorance.

Making choices available

You need an insurance policy but that doesn’t necessarily mean that you know about every insurance firm and the options available. Here comes the insurance brokerage firm into the scene to help you in knowing and analyzing the various options available. As per your particular requirements, they bring to your notice the policy that provides optimum coverage.

What to look for in an insurance brokerage firm?

As per an article in The Economic Times, the number of insurance brokers in India has risen above 300 after the implementation of broking regulations in 2002. With so many options to choose from, it’s not easy to zero in on one. To make the choice easier, you should look for these two elements in an insurance brokerage firm:

The focus area

If you have individual needs for a policy and your insurance brokerage firm has the experience in dealing majorly with corporate issues, then you are least expected to get the best advice.

Years of experience

More the number of years an insurance brokerage firm has spent in the market, the safer it is to rely upon. Such firms have the experience of dealing with various clients with diverse personal and corporate needs, and their knowledge about different insurance firms is much more extensive.

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It’s good to have someone to advise you on insurance matters, and an insurance brokerage firm can best serve this purpose. All you need to do is to zero in on the firm that best fits your needs and is a trustworthy name in the markets.

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi to launch 3 social security schemes linked to insurance and pension sector

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The Prime Minister Narendra Modi will launch three ambitious social security schemes pertaining to the insurance and pension sector on 9th May 2015 at Kolkata.

The two insurance schemes to be launched, namely Pradhan Mantri Suraksha Bima Yojana (PMSBY) and Pradhan Mantri Jeevan Jyoti Bima Yojana (PMJJBY) would provide insurance cover, whereas the pension scheme, Atal Pension Yojana (APY), would address old age income security needs.

PMSBY will offer a renewable one year accidental death cum disability cover of Rs 2  lakh (Rs 1 lakh for partial permanent disability) to all savings bank account holders in the age group of 18 to 70 years for a premium of Rs. 12/- per annum per subscriber. The scheme would be administered through Public Sector General Insurance Companies (PSGICs) or other General Insurance companies.

PMJJBY on the other hand will offer a renewable one year life cover of Rupees 2 lakh to all savings bank account holders in the age group of 18 to 50 years, covering death due to any reason, for a premium of Rs.330/- per annum per subscriber. The scheme would be offered  through LIC or other Life Insurance companies willing to offer the product on similar terms.

APY, the third scheme to be launched, will focus on the unorganised sector and provide subscribers a fixed minimum pension of Rs. 1000, 2000, 3000, 4000 or Rs. 5000 per month starting at the age of 60 years, depending on the contribution option exercised on entering at an age between 18 and 40 years. Thus, the period of contribution by any subscriber under APY would be 20 years or more. The fixed minimum pension would be guaranteed by the government.

While the scheme is open to back account bank account holders in the prescribed age group, the Central Government would also co-contribute 50% of the total contribution or Rs. 1000 per annum, whichever is lower, for a period of 5 years for those joining the scheme before 31st December, 2015 and are not members of any statutory social security scheme and are not income tax payers.