Chances are you’re not going to die from an accident…but what if you did?
Accidental Death Overview
This article tells you when you should consider this type of insurance.
What is Accidental Death Insurance?
This type of insurance is not term life insurance, it’s insurance that only pays in the event of your death from an accident.
There are also accidental death & dismemberment (AD&D) policies that pay benefits in the event of loss of limbs, etc.
Death from Accidents
How likely is it that you’re going to kick the bucket from an accident? We went to the source for the answer. The CDC.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) tracks unintentional deaths by age and type of accident.
If you’re wondering how unintentional deaths compare to all deaths by age…the CDC tracks this information too:
So why buy accidental coverage if you’re more likely to die from an illness?
Accidental Death Pros
We work with many people who are not insurable due to a high-risk health condition,
Or life insurance is so expensive it leaves them underinsured.
When life insurance is not available accidental provides some level of coverage.
- No medical underwriting
- No paramedical exam required
- Easy to qualify for
- An inexpensive way to get coverage
- Fast – Policy approvals in 10 days or less are common
- Policies may include a dismemberment provision
- Policies may cover war and terrorism deaths
- Presumption of death in certain instances.
You may purchase a policy separately,
Accidental Death Cons
Accidental death policies come with exclusions and won’t pay death benefits if you die from one of them.
Common exclusions include:
- Death from any health issue
- Coverage may be limited to 10x your income.
- Many policies exclude war, whether declared or undeclared.
- Many policies exclude terrorism for victims.
- Serving in the armed forces
- Committing a felony
- Being intoxicated, or accidents related to intoxication
- Death while being under the influence of drugs
- Death from private aviation
- Reckless driving or engaging in contests of speed
Make sure that the accidental policy will meet your needs.
Accidental policies for seniors are limited or unavailable with many companies.
Why Consider Accidental Death Insurance?
Buy a life insurance policy whenever possible,
But if accidental is the only realistic option, it’s worth considering as it provides some coverage.
The reason why life insurance is preferable is that it covers you in the event of death from a health reason or from an accident.
When we discuss your life insurance needs with you,
We’ll tell you what to expect in terms of underwriting and price for traditional coverage and accidental coverage.
When no other option is available, we’ve had lenders accept accidental death with a collateral assignment for business loan purposes.
It can even be used for key person life insurance if no other options are available.
How Does Accidental Death Insurance Work?
Underwriting is fast and easy and does not require medical underwriting.
The applications are simple and straight forward and many can be e-submitted online.
It typically takes about 7-10 days to complete the entire process.
If you would like to compare that to the traditional life insurance underwriting process, take a look at our guide – Life Insurance for Dummies.
This insurance isn’t perfect but is a great option when you are uninsurable or the price makes life insurance too expensive.
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Michael Horbal is the founder and owner of RiskQuoter.com and a licensed life insurance agent who has helped thousands with affordable protection for families and businesses.