The average Tennessee driver pays $1,263 a year for car insurance. This is lower than the national average rate of $1,311. There is still plenty of room for savings. Shopping around for the best price has the potential to save you hundreds of dollars a year.
So what do Tennessee motorists get for their $105 month? They get the peace of mind that comes from knowing that if they are responsible for an accident while driving, they will not be hit with large financial losses.
Car insurance is a mixture of mandatory and optional coverage.
In the state of Tennessee, your car insurance policy must include the following:
In addition to the mandatory coverage, most car insurance providers offer a variety of coverage options that you may want to consider. These include:
An independent insurance agent can review all your options with you and can help you review how much each will cost to include in your policy.
Yes. It is illegal to drive without insurance in Tennessee.
If you are caught driving an uninsured vehicle in this state, you can be charged with a Class C misdemeanor. If you are involved in an accident while uninsured, your charge will be bumped up to a Class A misdemeanor. Penalties for driving without insurance can include:
Despite these consequences, about 20% of all motorists in this state are driving uninsured vehicles. This is much higher than the national rate of 13%. This is why having uninsured motorist insurance in your car insurance policy can prove beneficial.
No. Tennessee is not a no-fault state.
This means that if you are in a collision, the person responsible for the accident is responsible for covering any resultant property damage and necessary medical treatment. If the at-fault driver does not have enough insurance to cover the costs, they will be expected to make up the difference out of pocket.
In no-fault states, your own insurance policy provides the first line of coverage for necessary medical treatment, regardless of fault.
No particular insurance company can be considered the best choice for all drivers. Each provider has its own method for assessing risk and calculating rates, so some may offer you better rates than others. That is why it pays to shop around for the policy that is ideal for you.
Independent insurance agents make comparison shopping easy. These agents have partnered with a variety of top-rated insurers, so they can obtain customized quotes on your behalf from each of them. That way, you can be sure you getting the coverage you need at a competitive price.
There are more than 360 independent agents in Tennessee. Find an insurance agent near you to learn more.
On average, residents of Tennessee pay about $1,149 a year (or $96 a month) for their homeowners insurance coverage. This is slightly lower than the national average rate of $1,173 a year.
Of course, this is just an average. The actual cost of your policy will be based on several factors such as the size and value of your house, the weather risks and crime rate in your ZIP code, your claims history and credit score, and the size of your deductible.
Often, you can receive significant policy discounts by bundling your home insurance with other coverage like car insurance or life insurance.
Comparing rates from a few different insurance companies lets you be sure that you are getting your home insurance coverage at a competitive rate. Independent agents make comparison shopping easy.
Homeowners insurance is designed to provide you with the coverage you need if you experience property loss or damage, if severe damage make your home uninhabitable, or if you find yourself on the wrong end of a personal liability lawsuit.
Your home insurance policy can cover your property against many of the hazards you are likely to face as a homeowner in Tennessee. Covered risks include severe storms, tornadoes, hail, freezing temperatures, fires, and property crimes.
Your homeowners property coverage is divided into two parts:
While most risks faced by Tennessee homeowners are covered by this property insurance, damage caused by floods is not. Because of this, you may want to supplement your home insurance coverage with a flood insurance policy through the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP). A local independent agent can help you secure an affordable policy.
Tennessee experiences an average of 29.1 tornadoes a year. Few can forget the devastating aftermath of the F4 tornado that struck Nashville in the spring of 2020. Disasters like tornadoes and structure fires can cause significant damage to your home, often making residential properties uninhabitable.
If your house is severely damaged by a covered event and you must seek accommodations elsewhere while repairs are made, your homeowners insurance can help.
Loss of use insurance can provide coverage for your temporary housing expenses, such as hotel charges, meals, and even extra miles driven to and from your job, until you can safely return to your house.
Homeowners insurance also provides policyholders with personal liability coverage. This can cover your potential costs if you or someone in your household is responsible for someone else’s injuries or property damage due to an accident or negligence. Examples of times that this liability coverage can protect you include:
A local independent insurance agent can explain your homeowners liability coverage in greater detail.
You may find it difficult to decide how much coverage is enough when you are purchasing your homeowners insurance. The following guidelines may help:
A local independent agent can provide you with guidance and advice as you determine how much homeowners insurance is right for you.
Homeowners insurance is not required by law. However, it is typically required by lenders if you have a mortgage or a home equity loan.
When you are still paying on your mortgage, you don’t technically own your house; your mortgage provider does. Your lender will therefore have a vested interest in making sure that the property is covered against potential loss and damage.
Likewise, when you use your house as collateral for a home equity loan or line of credit, your lender will want to make sure that the house is covered.
That is why mortgage lenders and banks will require you to provide proof of insurance for these types of loans.
When you own your house outright, homeowners insurance becomes optional. However, because for many people their home is their most valuable asset, most find it important to protect their investment.
The easiest way to find the best homeowners insurance company for you is by working with an independent agent.
These agents aren’t tied to a single insurance company. Instead, they have partnered with a variety of highly rated insurance providers. Because of this, they can save you time and money by helping you find the coverage you need at the most competitive price.
There are more than 350 independent agents in Tennessee who are ready to help. Contact an agent near you to discover the many benefits of working with one of these experienced insurance professionals.
Business insurance rates can vary significantly from one business to the next. This is because they are based on several factors such as:
Independent insurance agents can help you make decisions about which commercial insurance products are right for your business and which you can do without. They can also help you review and compare policy offerings and rates from a variety of insurance providers.
Let an experienced independent agent help you build a competitively priced business insurance policy package for your Tennessee business.
There are many ways that a business insurance policy package can protect your Tennessee business. The most common are through liability coverage, property coverage, income interruption coverage, and workers’ compensation coverage.
Liability lawsuits against your business can be extremely expensive, even if the courts ultimately rule in your favor. That is why business liability insurance is a crucial part of every commercial insurance policy package. It is designed to cover court costs, legal fees, and financial damages if your company is sued for a covered event.
All business insurance policies include commercial general liability insurance (CGL). This covers against many of the most common risks your business may face, including third party injuries and illnesses that may occur due to an accident on your business premises or a defect in a product your company produces, sells, or promotes.
Most businesses have liability coverage needs that go beyond what a CGL policy can cover. Fortunately, there are several additional commercial liability insurance products available for you to include in your business insurance policy package.
An independent insurance agent can help you identify all of your company’s liability exposures and can recommend the right insurance products to cover against them. That way, you can rest assured that your company is covered against all of the potential lawsuits it may face.
Commercial property insurance is also included in every business insurance policy. It is designed to cover against property loss and damage caused by most of the hazards you are likely to face as a business owner in Tennessee. These include structure fires, property crimes, and severe weather events like severe storms, tornados, and hail.
Depending on the nature of your business and its location, you may also benefit from purchasing supplemental property insurance policies such as:
Independent agents in Tennessee can help you be certain that all of your business property is properly and sufficiently covered.
A disaster like a structure fire or a tornado can have significant ramifications. In addition to damaging property, it can force your business to remain closed for an extended period while repairs are made. This can be financially devastating for many small businesses. That's why business interruption insurance was created.
Business interruption insurance is optional coverage. It can ensure that if your company must shut down due to damage caused by a covered event, it can receive a continuation of income until your normal operations can resume. That way, your business can continue paying monthly bills, loan installments, and other regular expenses without sustaining a large financial loss.
As an employer, it is your duty to provide your employees with a safe and healthy workplace. Even so, workers sometimes get injured on the job or come down with occupational illnesses. When this happens, your company is responsible for covering any associated expenses. Workers’ compensation insurance can cover these costs.
In Tennessee, nearly all businesses with at least three employees are required to carry workers’ compensation insurance. This insurance is designed to cover all costs associated with medical treatment for employee injuries, including doctor visits, hospitalizations, medications, medical supplies, physical therapy, and disability pay.
Not only does workers’ comp shield your employees from facing large financial losses because of their injuries, it also protects your business from expensive liability lawsuits related to workplace injuries and illnesses.
You are not required by Tennessee state law to carry a business insurance policy.
However, there are times when you may be required to have certain types of insurance that are often included in business insurance policy packages.
To learn more about the types of insurance that you may be required to carry, and to find these policies at the most competitive prices, you can talk with a local independent insurance agent who specializes in business insurance coverage.
Building a comprehensive business insurance policy package can be complicated, but it doesn’t need to be. When you work with a local independent insurance agent, your agent will be able to walk you through all of the various coverage types that may be appropriate for your particular business.
Because they live and work in your community, independent agents understand the risks you face as a business owner in your city, and they are familiar with Tennessee’s state laws and regulations.
Best of all, these agents are free to work with a number of different insurance partners. This enables them to easily shop around to find you great coverage at a competitive rate. There are more than 350 independent agents in Tennessee. Set up a one-on-one consultation with an agent near you to get more information.
The cost for workers’ compensation coverage varies from one business to the next because it is based on several different factors. Your quoted rates will be assessed according to the number of employees you have, the types of jobs they do, your company’s overall payroll amount, and your company’s safety record.
Rates in Tennessee tend to be slightly higher than the national average.
Every job is given a specific classification code. Workers’ compensation coverage base rates for each class code are overseen by the Workers’ Compensation Division of Tennessee and the Department of Labor and Workforce Development. The rates are set according to the likelihood that employees who do that particular job will be seriously injured at work.
Insurance companies in Tennessee are required to use these base rates when pricing coverage. However, they are permitted to use experience modifiers and premium credits and debits when calculating costs. This can make rates vary by up to 25%.
The base rates are given in the amount per $100 of employee payroll that must be paid for workers’ compensation insurance. So, for example, a long haul trucker (class code 7229) is assigned a rate of $9.26. That means that if the worker earns $50,000 a year, the cost to cover them would be:
Base Rate ($9.26) x Annual Pay ($50,000) / 100 = $4,630 a year
An experience modification factor, or experience mod, is an additional factor that may be applied to your workers’ compensation premium calculation. It increases or decreases your workers’ compensation premium for a given year, depending on your company’s claims history.
Tennessee employers are eligible to receive an experience modification rating when they meet one of the following requirements:
Your experience modification is a numerical representation of your actual losses compared with expected losses for businesses in your industry (roofing companies are compared with other roofing companies; restaurants are compared with other similar-style restaurants, etc.)
The mod is applied to the Tennessee workers’ compensation premium as a debit or credit.
The premium calculation with an experience mod would then be:
Base Rate x (Payroll/100) x Mod = Premium
So, using the example above, if the long haul trucker works for a company that has an excellent safety rating, they may have an experience mod of 0.7. The cost for workers’ compensation for that trucker would be calculated as follows:
Base Rate ($9.26) x Annual Pay ($50,000) / 100 x Experience Mod (0.7) = $3,241 a year
That equates to a savings of $1,389 a year for that employer. Companies with a lot of employees can save a great deal of money by having a solid safety history.
Additionally, private insurance companies are permitted to offer policy discounts and credits at their discretion. This enables them to remain competitive in a large field. It also makes comparison shopping beneficial.
Workers’ compensation is designed to cover the various costs that are associated with workplace injuries and occupational illnesses. In Tennessee, it will cover the following:
Talk to a local insurance agent to learn more.
With few exceptions, all employers in Tennessee who have at least three employees are required to purchase workers’ compensation. Employers and/or their insurance company must designate a panel of three authorized physicians from whom injured workers can receive medical treatment.
If an employee is injured at work and the injury is life-threatening, they can receive care in an emergency room and then transfer their care to an authorized physician once their injury is stabilized.
Whenever an employee is injured on the job or suffers an occupational illness, they should report their injury to their employer within 15 days. Their employer should provide them with an Employer/Employee Choice of Physician Form (Form C-42). This will indicate the doctor chosen to oversee the medical treatment. The employer will also open the workers’ compensation claim at this time.
Employees should pay nothing out of pocket. If they must take more than seven consecutive days off work, they can begin collecting disability benefits. If the injured employee requires more than fourteen days off work, the first week of recuperation time will also be compensated.
Talk to an independent insurance agent who specializes in workers’ compensation to learn more details about how this insurance works.
Occasionally, a Tennessee workers' compensation claim may be denied.
There are a number of reasons this may occur, such as:
If you or one of your employees believe that a workers’ compensation claim was unjustly denied, you can appeal the decision.
You can do this by filing a Petition for Benefits Determination Form (PBD Form) with the Tennessee Bureau of Workers’ Compensation. This must be done within one year of the injury. The case will then be assigned to a mediation specialist, who will oversee an informal hearing and attempt to assist both sides in coming to an agreement.
Most workers’ compensation denial appeals are resolved in the mediation phase. However, if either side is not satisfied with the mediator’s recommendation, the mediator will transfer the case to the Court of Worker’ Compensation Claims and a hearing will be scheduled. At this point, you may want to consider obtaining legal representation if you have not already done so.
The Workers’ Compensation Judge will hear the case and issue a decision. If you are unhappy with this decision, you can appeal it to the Worker’s Compensation Appeals Board. This must be done within 30 days of the judge’s decision. A panel of three judges will review the case and issue a decision.
If you are not satisfied with the decision handed down by the panel, you can appeal to the Tennessee Supreme Court.
Some insurance companies are better than others when it comes to covering worker injuries in certain industries. A local independent insurance agent can offer you guidance and advice, and can shop around to find you great coverage at a competitive price.
There are close to 400 independent insurance agents located in Tennessee. Find an agent near you to begin your search for the best workers’ compensation insurance policy for your business.