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Too Many Motorcycle Riders are Dying

Motorcycle Fatalities at Their Highest Rate Since 2008. It's March, and that means warmer weather is coming. It also means motorcycle season is about to begin once more. This is an exciting time for many bike enthusiasts. The opportunity to be out riding during Central New York's few warm months is merely a dream between October and April. As we move toward making those dreams come true, we must first face some hard facts. Riders are dying. They're dying at a rate not seen since 2008. 2016's totals (most recent published statistics) yielded 5,286 fatalities. To put it into perspective,…
March 6, 2018
Car InsurancePersonal Insurance

Can one spouse be liable to the other in a car accident?

Question #61 in 100 Insurance Questions in 100 Days Video Series! https://youtu.be/E7dU1p2hVfw There is a little known limit of coverage that one can add to an auto policy in New York. It is called supplemental spousal liability coverage. It essentially allows a spouse to sue the other spouse for bodily injury they sustain as a result of an at-fault accident committed by the other spouse. Watch this brief video for more information.
October 6, 2017
Car InsurancePersonal Insurance

When does a ticket or accident stop hurting your rates?

Question 17 in 100 Insurance Questions in 100 Days https://youtu.be/FFm90v2RHfw This is a common question and one that doesn't always offer a favorable answer. Most insurance companies are going to go back 5-years for all drivers on the policy. Any infraction will impact the overall rate of the policy. This is why having a small claim can often be more costly over time than the actual dollar amount of the claim. Watch the video for more information.
August 23, 2017
When a car suffers damage it might not take as much as you'd think to make it totaledCar InsurancePersonal Insurance

How is a car considered totaled?

Question 11 in 100 insurance Questions in 100 Days https://youtu.be/i4emcTmZQ4g Is My Car Totaled? You've probably heard someone refer to their car as "totaled" after an accident. Perhaps you yourself have experienced the same. To many, totaled means non-drivable or completely useless... and destined for the compactor at the junk yard. Though that can be true, you might be surprised to hear that it can take very little to total a vehicle. When you carry comprehensive and/or collision insurance on your auto policy, you are insuring yourself for the actual cash value of the car. Actual cash value or ACV,…
August 17, 2017
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Is Liability on Auto Insurance Meaningless?

Question 5 in 100 Questions in 100 Days https://youtu.be/9OpbD8gQ8U4 In order to register a car in New York State, you have to first show proof of insurance. Not insurance that protects the car. The state couldn't care in the least if want to protect your vehicle. Instead they are ensuring that you have liability insurance in case you injure someone or damage something. There is a minimum amount that you are required to carry. $25,000 per person $50,000 per accident $10,000 property damage Anything beyond those limits are your responsibility. For example, if you run a stop sign and tee-bone…
August 11, 2017
You have New York auto insurance policy, but what does that little section called no fault insurance mean?Car InsurancePersonal Insurance

How do I use my No Fault Insurance coverage?

Question #3 of 100 Insurance Questions in 100 Days: What is No Fault Insurance? https://youtu.be/Tmm-V4ht6kQ If I were to go out and ask 10 New York drivers what the definition of no fault insurance is, I’d likely get 10 totally different answers, none of which would be fully correct. Admittedly, before I became an insurance agent, I wouldn’t have known much either. Some might think no fault insurance is some strange endorsement only purchased by a small percentage of people, when in fact it isn’t. Every New York auto policy with registered vehicles will have no fault insurance. So if…
August 9, 2017
When you borrow a car in New York State who pays in case of an accident? Call us at Horan and we'll help you understand this common questionCar InsurancePersonal Insurance

My friend crashed my car! Now what?

Question 2 of 100 Insurance Questions in 100 Days https://youtu.be/NXAlHw1JtSE This is one that I get about once every couple of weeks or more. There must be a lot more people loaning out their cars than I thought! As long as you are insured your policy will cover the claim if your friend was in an accident. Of course they had to have been given permission to drive the car first! This is how it works in New York State at least. If you should borrow someone's car, it would be wise to confirm that the insurance is in-fact current.…
August 8, 2017
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