When natural disasters unexpectedly strike, victims pay hefty prices for living through the ordeal. As victims turn their thoughts towards recovering from the ordeals, their thoughts at one point or another eventually reach the question – will insurance cover the damages?
Residents in Colorado are asking these questions now after an unprecedented amount of floodwater flowed down from the Rocky Mountains, damaging roads, bridges, and in some cases entire villages.
The recovery will be a long road for many state residents. According to the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), only 22,000 Coloradans have comprehensive home insurance to protect against flood damages, yet over 2 million people live across the state.
Thousands of others will be looking into compensation for their automobiles. FEMA estimates that unlike home insurance, the majority of state residents do have comprehensive plans for their vehicles by paying auto insurance quotes that are as affordable as possible.
Mechanics across the state expect business to be booming into 2014. Many drivers admittedly must decide if insured repairs are sufficient enough for their vehicles, or if they must spend money out of their own pockets to pay for additional damages. In some cases, drivers expect to write off their cars and begin the search for new travel options.
Drivers who are forced to write off their cars essentially must start over. In addition to finding a new vehicle that is safe, secure, and visually appealing they must also ask tough questions about auto insurance.
In most cases, having lived through one natural disaster, people recognize accidents can occur at any time. The experience teaches people, who both had or did not have insurance on their previous vehicle, that anything can happen and being prepared for unexpected events is better than paying out of pocket for damages.
Important questions to ask are who are the top rated insurers, what type of comprehensive plans do they carry, and how much are their auto insurance rates? Many drivers will stick with insurers they know, while others will rely on the web to search for as many insurance plans, rates, and carriers as possible – typically through insurance comparison websites. In the end whether victimized by the Colorado floods or not, drivers should review their auto insurance policies once a year to ensure their needs are being met by their insurance providers.