Understanding Your Vehicle Auto Liability and Physical Damage Coverage

As personnel in municipal offices change, replacing the knowledge and experience of the person that served your municipality can be difficult.  Understanding insurance coverage when so many other things seem to demand our attention may not be a priority. Please let the following serve to provide a basic description of the coverage OMAG provides.   

Auto Liability provides bodily injury and/or property damage coverage to a third party for an accident caused by a municipal employee involving a municipal vehicle.

Physical Damage Coverage is for damage to the municipality’s vehicles. There are three types of vehicle physical damage coverage available through OMAG: Collision, Comprehensive and Specified Perils.

Collision Coverage provides coverage for your vehicle if it collides or crashes into another vehicle or stationary object, such as a pole or fence.

Comprehensive Coverage and Specified Perils Coverage provide coverage for your vehicle for a “loss from any cause except collision,” but Comprehensive is a broader coverage than Specified Perils. OMAG suggests that you consider either Comprehensive Coverage or Specified Perils Coverage on each of your vehicles; you do not need both.

Comprehensive Coverage provides coverage for your vehicle for all risks covered by Specified Perils as well as glass breakage, damage done by an animal, and loss resulting from rain, snow, or sleet (whether or not wind driven), which Specified Perils does not cover.

Specified Perils Coverage provides coverage only for light and heavy trucks, ambulances, vans and SUV’s and is not available for private passenger vehicles, such as police units or private automobiles used by municipal officials. OMAG’s Specified Perils Coverage has no deductible: however, it only covers the following specific risks that may cause damage to your vehicles:  Fire or explosion, theft, windstorm, hail, earthquake, flood, mischief or vandalism, and the sinking, burning, collision or derailment of any conveyance transporting the covered vehicle.

To assure adequate protection in case of a loss, your autos need to be reviewed annually to insure they are listed on your schedules. These auto schedules can be found on the OMAG Portal at https://portal.omag.org.


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