Most auto policies cover the insured, any additional drivers listed and any occupants in the vehicle. In most cases your coverages are applicable to all occupants in the vehicle at the time of an accident (although liability coverage is not designed to cover injury to you or other listed drivers). But what if you are not driving the car at the time of the loss?
This is a common question and the answer depends on who’s driving. In most cases, the insurance follows the vehicle, not the driver. So if your vehicle is involved in an accident and you are not driving, your coverage will still apply. It is possible that your state’s law or insurance company’s policy may differ, so be sure to check.
In most cases, it is ok for you to loan your car to a visiting friend or family member and your coverage will still apply. The only time you may be denied coverage is if you did not grant the driver permission to use your vehicle. In this case you would have to file a theft claim and proceed in that manner if you wish to recover the damages.
If the driver of your vehicle lives with you, whether it is a family member or a friend, they will have to either be excluded or included on your policy. Specifically, any household members over the legal driving age must be one of the prior. Anyone who becomes a household resident during the policy term must also be added or excluded. If you decide to exclude them, and they’re involved in any accidents while driving your vehicle, the claim will automatically be denied.
Be sure to check your state’s laws and your insurance company’s policy to avoid any potential conflicts.
This content is offered for educational purposes only and does not represent contractual agreements. The definitions, terms and coverages in a given policy may be different than those suggested here and such policy will be governed by the language contained therein. No warranty or appropriateness for a specific purpose is expressed or implied.