Yes, full coverage does cover accidental damage. Accidental damage is covered by comprehensive car insurance, a main component of a full coverage insurance policy, which also provides protection for vandalism and theft.
Situations Where Full Coverage Covers Accidental Damage
You hit an unexpected obstacle on the road, such as a deer.
Your car is damaged in severe weather events, such as a hailstorm or hurricane.
Your car is damaged by something outside of your control, like a tree falling on your vehicle.
Damage to your car that occurs in an accident in which you are at-fault is covered by collision insurance, which is also a main component of full coverage insurance. Additionally, if your vehicle is damaged in an accident you are not at-fault for, the at-fault driver's liability insurance will cover your repairs.
What To Do If Accidental Damage Occurs
File a police report as soon as possible.
File a claim with your insurer under your comprehensive insurance policy.
Work with an insurance adjuster to finalize your claim.
Full coverage car insurance normally includes comprehensive and collision insurance and at least the minimum insurance coverage required by state law. Full coverage policies are designed to provide protection for car accidents and non-accident-related damage to ensure the policyholder is covered regardless of fault.
Comprehensive insurance covers damage to your car caused by events other than collisions with other vehicles or stationary objects. For example, comprehensive insurance helps pay for damage from vandalism, natural disasters, fire, and theft, but it does not cover vehicle repairs after hitting a car.
You should drop comprehensive insurance when you can afford to repair or replace your car out of pocket in a worst-case scenario. You should not drop comprehensive insurance if the car is valuable, since the coverage is inexpensive and will usually pay up to the car’s actual cash value, minus a deductible. Additionally, you definitely should not drop comprehensive coverage if it’s required by your lender or lessor. Doing so can result in serious … read full answerconsequences like force-placed insurance and even repossession.
Comprehensive insurance is sometimes considered “bad luck” insurance, since it covers things that are mostly out of your control as a driver, like vandalism, theft, natural disasters or hitting a deer. A standard rule of thumb is to drop collision and comprehensive insurance when the combined premiums are more than 10% of your car’s value, minus your deductible.
However, you should only consider this guideline within the context of your personal circumstances. It’s also worth noting that many experts consider comprehensive insurance to be a better investment than collision coverage, since it is not affected by your driving habits and is generally cheaper.
In addition to your car’s value and your own finances, how likely you are to file a claim should factor into whether or not you drop comprehensive car insurance coverage. For example, even if you could comfortably replace your car, it probably isn’t smart to drop comprehensive insurance if you live in an area with frequent hurricanes.
Comprehensive insurance costs $160 per year on average, making it an inexpensive coverage option. Like with any type of car insurance, comprehensive insurance premiums vary based on factors like location, the driver’s age, and the vehicle’s value.
Additionally, comprehensive insurance is subject to a deductible, often ranging from $500 to $1,500. The driver can choose her own deductible when purchasing the policy. Higher deductibles mean lower premiums, and vice versa.… read full answer
Comprehensive insurance covers damage to the policyholder’s car from things other than an accident, such as theft, vandalism, or natural disasters. It is often bundled with collision insurance, which covers damage to the policyholder’s car due to a crash. But you can usually buy comprehensive coverage independently, too. Although no state laws require comprehensive insurance, it is usually required for leased or financed cars.
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