What To Do After An Auto Accident

What To Do After An Auto Accident

Don’t Let an Auto Accident be a Pain

Automobile accidents happen every. Although no one wants to experience an auto accident, knowing what to do in case one happens to you could soften the impact on your life in the days and weeks to follow. You purchase auto insurance to help you through accidents when, or if, they happen.  If you have an auto accident, we are here to help you.  You may always call us to help you through the process.

  • If you are involved in an accident, think about your safety and those around you before thinking about insurance. The first priority is to check for injuries at the scene. Call 911 for medical help if anyone at the scene is injured. Notify the police as soon as possible.
  • Try to protect the scene; don’t move vehicles unless the police instruct you to.
  • Obtain the names, addresses, and telephone numbers of all persons involved, including passengers and witnesses. It is a good idea to look at drivers licenses. Record the license plate numbers of all cars involved. Get complete Insurance information, including policy numbers. Having the agents name and number is also beneficial.
  • Never admit an accident was your fault, even if you think it was. An apology can be construed as an admission of fault. Let the authorities determine who was responsible. Auto accidents can be disorienting even if you are not physically injured. You may not be aware of all factors leading up to the crash.
  • Contact our office, we are here to; help. Contact your insurance company as soon as possible, even if damages are minor.
  • You have the right to take your car to the repair shop of your choice. It can be beneficial to get two quotes as pricing and quality vary.
  • Use your smart phone to take pictures before vehicles are moved. It provides documentation.

We are here to help you with your auto insurance needs. We have access to many insurance products and can provide you with competitive premiums. We offer auto liability, auto collision and auto comprehensive coverage.

In 1989, Oakwood’s founder, Bruce L. Sogn, set out to establish a business that would give him the opportunity to serve the community and to fulfill a need in the marketplace. Today as an independent insurance agency, Oakwood does just that.

After researching the insurance industry, he found that by becoming an independent insurance agent, he could offer a comprehensive range of insurance products and services to his clients. By maintaining focus on competitive products, Oakwood has kept its commitment to service, professionalism, and the highest integrity.

 

Should Your Business Purchase Interruption Insurance?

When a fire destroyed a fifty-unit apartment complex, the owners found themselves in a tough situation. The owners had insurance to cover the repairs and replacement of all the damaged units, and because the agent had done his job the owners had business income or loss of rents insurance.

Business Income coverage is a property coverage that is designed to pay the loss of income (rent is this case) following a total or partial shutdown of business. Business Income is designed to replicate the insured’s income stream and covers expenses as if no loss had occurred.

The 50 families that no longer had a place to live won’t pay rent until they have moved back into their repaired units.  Chances are, many will move on to other housing and won’t come back. However, as owners, you still have expenses, including a mortgage that will need to be paid. There can be three major parts to Business Income insurance:

  1. Business income (BI) coverage: Replaces the lost gross earnings during the shut-down resulting from a covered property loss. Loss of rents is considered gross earnings.
  2. Extra expense coverage: Covers the cost to relocate to another location and continue operations. During relocation, businesses typically incur the extra expenses of rent, equipment lease and the cost of restoring databases. All of this is covered by the “extra expenses” portion of the policy.
  3. Ordinary payroll: This optional coverage continues paying your workforce while you have no work for them. It prevents your trained employees from accepting other jobs while waiting for your business to recover. This coverage is optional but is recommended in many circumstances.

We like to ask the following questions to help us understand your risks and provide realistic solutions:

  • How much income do you need to continue operating your business in the event of a shutdown of your premises?
  • How much time will it take to fully recover or rebuild?
  • Will you need additional coverage for extra expenses such as leasing temporary office space, computer equipment or office machines?

Our team of insurance professionals has the knowledge and experience to help you identify your risks and create cost-effective solutions.

Oakwood is involved with numerous local, state and national insurance associations and communities. The agency encourages employees to devote time to these endeavors. Oakwood’s approach is one of total risk management, encompassing the areas of property & liability insurance, automotive insurance, worker’s compensation, professional liability, individual or group accident & health insurance, life insurance, contract surety bonds, and personal insurance. Oakwood provides an in-depth range of insurance products and services to assist in securing our clients’ future. We are an agency committed to excellence, founded on the principle of integrity.

What Is Trending In Risk Management

Are you concerned about the future? Is your risk management program designed and prepared for changes in pricing, economic downturns, healthcare, changes in employment laws and the upcoming political elections? A broker or agent who cares about your business will be on the forefront of change. Part of providing outstanding customer service is helping clients understand how current and future trends may affect their risk program.

What Is Going On That May Impact Your Risk Program

Increased reliance on technology will lead to better-run insurers and stable premiums. The development of advanced loss control analytic tools will revitalize insurers focus on claim reduction, and potentially lead to increased investments in loss control. Insurers are using business intelligence to leverage “big data” to help them estimate claims, assets, credit and market data, and gain deeper insights across networks of producers, policyholders and operations.

Cyber liability will continue to be a major area of concern for all businesses. The government will continue to legally require a business to protect customer’s information. Those businesses that don’t will be subject to increase fines.

Most insurance companies are moving toward using data to develop commercial insurance premiums. This means your business will need to rely more on your agent. Your agent will be able to help you navigate through the complex maze of insurance program design, marketing, and placement.

Oakwood operates as an independent insurance agency, selling an extensive spectrum of insurance to businesses, families, and individuals.  Our competitive advantage comes from the objective and professional service that we provide our access to a wide range of carriers and our extensive knowledge of the insurance marketplace.