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Building code changes can create extra expenses not covered by standard insurance. Be sure you’re protected. Do you know how your home or other property complies with current building codes if you had to rebuild after a fire or other loss? If not, you’re not alone; however, it’s a real concern that you need to consider.  Changes to building ordinances and laws can result in requirements to upgrade your building to new standards during reconstruction, ...

Identity theft insurance

Tips for protecting your identity and finances Identity theft is the act of taking someone’s personal information and using it to impersonate a victim, steal from bank accounts, establish phony insurance policies, open unauthorized credit cards or obtain unauthorized bank loans. In some more elaborate schemes, criminals use the stolen personal information to get a job, rent a home or take out a mortgage in the victim’s name. Close to half of identity theft cases are ...

Summer may be winding down, but historically, the worst part of hurricane season is just beginning. Fortunately, there are simple steps that you can take to protect your wallet, your property and even your life, according to the Insurance Information Institute (I.I.I.). September is the most common month for hurricanes making landfall in the U.S., followed by August and October, according to an analysis of weather data ranging from 1851 to 2011 by the National ...

As a cyclist, you've chosen a sports activity that puts you on the road with a lot of vehicles.  No one needs to tell you that drivers have a lot more physical protection than you do on your bike. While you take every precaution to be safe, it's possible that something could happen. Sadly in 2011, cycling accidents caused 48,000 injuries and 677 deaths. (NHTSA Traffic Safety Facts)   If you're involved in an accident, the ...

Based on 2014 data, motorcycle deaths occur 27 times more frequently than in other types of vehicles accoreding to the NHTSA. 4,586 motorcyclists were killed in traffic crashes in 2014. Those deaths account for 14 percent of the total highway fatalities that year. This decrease in motorcycle fatalities continues to break a tragic trend over the last 17 years, which saw only one other decline in 2009. Injured motorcyclists also decreased from 93,000 in 2013 ...

Family, Home, Career Status Should Be Reflected In Your Policy Coverage Our insurance needs change as circumstances in our lives change, which is why we recommend doing an annual insurance review. When you’re reviewing your insurance coverage, these ten questions can help you figure out whether you may need to talk to your insurance professional about making a change to your coverage. 1. Have you gotten married or divorced? If you have gotten married, you may qualify ...

Spring is here. Before you know it, flowers and lawns will be blooming with beautiful and vivid colors. Springtime is also when boat enthusiasts often start to consider purchasing a sail boat or power boat. Many consumers, however, lack an understanding of the myriad and multi-faceted loss exposures associated with boat ownership. And boat lovers may mistakenly believe that coverage applies under their homeowners policy for these loss exposures. Most homeowners policies, however, only insure ...

Spring may be the traditional time of year for cleaning out closets and drawers and organizing attics, but it is also a great time to review of your insurance coverages, according to the Insurance Information Institute (I.I.I.).  “Just as it is important to look at your wardrobe, electronics and other personal items to see what needs to be tossed, fixed, updated or stored for the coming months, everyone should do a thorough evaluation of their ...

Imagine how you’d feel if you looked down and saw the stone missing on your diamond ring? Would it be covered by your homeowners', condo owners' or renters' policy? Unless you have the ring "scheduled" on your policy, the answer is probably NO.  Most home/condo/renter policies provide coverage only in specific situations (named perils) listed on your policy, i.e. fire, theft, etc.  In the the above situation, the stone simply fell out and was accidentally lost, ...

Winter months often increase the risks of a variety of claim situations. Being proactive can help reduce the chances of having an accident or loss. Cleanup snow and ice promptly to avoid liability. Property owners are liable for injuries that happen due to snow and ice build-up on their property...this includes the public sidewalk in front of your home or business.  Watch for ice dams and take prevention steps. Last year, New England’s severe winter ...

 

The information provided in these articles are only general descriptions and should not be relied upon as complete, correct or accurate for your specific situation. All coverage informaiton is subject to policy provisions, endorsements and may be  subject to your meeting underwriting qualifications. Murphy Insurance Agency is not engaged in rendering legal, accounting or other noninsurance professional services. Consult an appropriate professional for advice regarding your own situation.