Loophole is a common word we use when referring to something we are trying to keep from having to do. We might be looking to avoid work, make a task easier or just plain want to take the easy way out in avoiding an unpleasant or costly mistake. Whatever it may be, the mention of loophole usually has a negative connotation.
It was just in the last few months that I learned that we ALL have a loophole in our auto insurance policies. I will explain shortly. Just consider how likely this could be you:
You are on your way to work in the morning and running late, you or someone else also running late happen to be eating, shaving or putting on make up. Maybe you are reaching over into the back seat for your brief case or to separate two upset children. You could have dropped your cell phone and are reaching down for it. See yourself in any of these scenarios?
You know it only takes a couple seconds being distracted while driving when your vehicle crosses the line a couple feet, you hit someone and you are involved in a wreck. Maybe it is so tragic that someone loses their life and passes into eternity. In 2006, there were 42,642 traffic deaths in the United States according to the U. S. Department of Transportation. That is about 117 deaths a day, just in the USA.
As usual, the first thing you think is, that won’t ever happen to me. You say I will never die in an auto accident. I would never be involved in a wreck that killed someone. I am too careful a driver for that, you say. I am sure every one of those 42,642 that died in traffic accidents in 2006 had similar thoughts. One little distraction is all it takes. Ever get distracted while driving?
Now that we see it could be quite possible to be involved in a tragic auto accident, here is where the insurance company loophole comes in. IF you were responsible for such an accident (and you had auto insurance), your insurance company would pay for the damages up to the dollar amount of your policy.
Now, what happens if you get sued by the decedent’s family? In this type situation, legal fees can run between $30,000-$100,000. Will your auto insurance company pay for your legal fees? NO!!! Not a chance. THIS is the loophole the insurance company will jump through without fail for anyone this happens to.
If you are like me, up until a few months ago, not only did I not know this, I had never really thought about this possibility. I certainly don’t have $30,000-$100,000 to defend myself in case of a tragic accident as I have described. This New York Stock Exchange listed company will pay ALL the legal fees of one of it’s members involved in such an accident. I made sure I planned for life’s unplanned events. I got this …