Some people think that they have coverage and they can make as many claims as they want. This is perhaps true up to a point but things can get ugly after that. Premiums are set based on the information provided at the time of purchase. When new information comes to light, the underwriters reconsider the risks and prices. They may even feel that they don’t want to insure the vehicle anymore.
They have to make a choice just like everyone else and they have to be profitable just like any other business. Companies naturally prefer that their customers never get into trouble and keep paying premiums. But they equally know that compensating customers and involved third parties for damages and injuries is part of the business and they vary in seriousness.
First thing underwriters look at after a claim is that was it your fault. When it is made after an Act of God event like weather related damages they cannot really penalize their customers for it. Rates may go up mainly because they start taking future bad weather conditions and possible losses they may suffer into account.
Also, there are accidents that weren’t your fault. In such cases, it would be best if you could recoup the losses from the insurers’ of the drivers who caused the crash. Then, there is no reason for yours to get involved. If yours ends up paying for the damages they would put it down as a claim and it would probably affect renewal rates.
And many of them don’t get alarmed after just one incident even it was your fault, especially if you had a good driving history before. That is why they are comfortable selling Accident Forgiveness Coverage that promises not to increase the premium after the first one.
Nevertheless every one of them counts when they consider keeping a policyholder or offloading. Companies are known to pull out of an entire region or raise their rates substantially due to too many weather related losses they suffered.
Some people think that they should ask compensation for every little thing to get their money’s worth. This may prove to be a wrong decision, especially when the numbers start adding up. Particularly, young drivers should try to avoid bothering their carriers with small losses because they would usually come back as premium increase, if not refusal to renew.
The number and frequency of claims are key factors affecting insurers’ decision not to renew a policy. However, It is fair to say that at fault accidents are the most likely ones that can lead to a decision to stop insuring you.
Essentially, the decision depends on many factors including the carrier, state regulations and profitability. An established company wouldn’t worry much when it comes to dropping a few high-risk policyholders. In the same way, there are carriers who are specialized in high-risk market. When the former would choose to give up on a driver the latter may prefer increasing their already high rates.
As a general rule, two at fault accidents in a short space of time can easily lead to cancellation of a policy, probably at renewal. But various combinations may do the trick too. Even 2 or 3 negligible incidents may result in a drop especially if they were in a short space of time.
One good news is that most of them would wait until the end of the term to drop coverage and they would give you enough notice to find a replacement. Once it is more than 60 days old, it is harder to cancel it. Most states allow providers to terminate coverage that are less than 60 days old, even without a reason.
It is hard to say how many claims result in cancellation or non-renewal of a policy. But it isn’t all about the size. Number is as important as well as how long it took you to make them. Essentially, that decision rest with the carrier and they are different too. That is why it isn’t the end of the road when one company shows you the door. You can probably get insured again with a little work even though you would probably pay a lot more.