David Joy is a freelance writer and editor living in New York City. He has written on many topics related to the insurance industry including company overviews, product explainers and policy comparisons. He has worked in publishing for more than 25 years, editing books, newspapers, magazines and websites.
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When you change your address, you’re obligated to let the DMV know, but did you know that you are supposed to tell your insurance company too? Yes, it's a major rating factor!
An SR-22 form is required to reinstate their driver’s license after it has been suspended, regardless of the reason for the suspension.
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A standard homeowners policy does not cover the damage to a home that results from an earthquake. See what you need to do to get covered.
Even if we assume that the majority of these 39 million regular pot smokers would never get behind the wheel in a state of impairment, the law of averages dictates that some of them will.
Paying too much for anything is pretty painful. Paying too much for insurance is no different. However, just because you’re paying more doesn’t mean that you have superior coverage.
Unless you compare auto insurance rates from different auto insurance companies, how can you be certain that you're getting the lowest auto insurance rate?
No-fault states are different in how they handle accidents. See which 12 states are no fault states and what it means if you live in one.
Most agents will try to sell you specialty RV insurance but are you required by law to have it?