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scenario 1

Scenario #1

A tree falls on your car during a thunderstorm causing major damage.

Here's where your comprehensive coverage proves its value.

You'll pay your deductible – say $1,000 – and then your comprehensive coverage pays the rest of the bill. If your car is considered a total loss, your insurance will cover the actual cash value of the car or what it's worth today, minus that $1,000 deductible.

scenario 2

Scenario #2

Your car collides with a stopped car at an intersection. Both cars are damaged but no one is hurt.

Your collision coverage covers the repairs on your vehicle, minus the deductible. If your car is considered a total loss, you'll get the actual cash value of the car, minus the deductible. If you're liable for damage to the other vehicle, your property damage liability coverage provides coverage up to the limit.

scenario 3

Scenario #3

You're driving alone when your vehicle collides with a car carrying three people. Everyone sustains injuries.

As in scenario #2, your collision coverage covers the damage to your car and your property damage liability covers damage to the other car up to your property damage liability coverage limit.

Where it's available, PIP – personal injury protection – may pay covered medical expenses up to the limit of the policy, regardless of who was at fault in the accident.

If the other driver is liable, but has no insurance, your uninsured/underinsured motorist coverage could provide protection up to the limits of your uninsured/underinsured motorist liability limit.

If an injured person sues you, your bodily injury liability provides your defense and, if you're found responsible, that same coverage pays damages up to your bodily injury liability limit.

These scenarios are for illustrative purposes only, to give you a general idea of how auto insurance coverages could respond to various scenarios. It is not a representation that coverage does or does not exist for any particular claim or loss under any particular policy. Coverage depends on the facts and circumstances of the specific claim or loss, your actual policy provisions, and any applicable law.

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The information on this site is general in nature. Any description of coverage is necessarily simplified. Whether a particular loss is covered depends on the specific facts and the provisions, exclusions and limits of the actual policy. Nothing on this site alters the terms or conditions of any of our policies. You should read the policy for a complete description of coverage. Coverage options, limits, discounts, packages, deductibles, repair options, billing options and other features are subject to availability and to individuals meeting our underwriting criteria. Not all features available in all areas.

Insurance is underwritten by The Travelers Indemnity Company and its property casualty affiliates, One Tower Square, Hartford, CT, 06183. For a complete list of personal insurance underwriting companies, click here.

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