Maybe your pet always loves hitting the open road and taking a joy ride. Or maybe your pet only rides in the car when you are taking him to the V-E-T. Do you sometimes wonder what would happen if you got into a car accident while your pet was riding with you? Will your insurance company cover your pet’s vet bills from the accident?
Progressive Group of Insurance Companies has announced that they are looking out for our four-legged family members. In most states, a Progressive policy with Collision coverage will now cover its customersâ€™ cats and dogs.
â€œProgressiveâ€™s long history of product and service innovations proves that you can teach an old dog new tricks,â€ said Geoff Souser, product manager, Progressive. â€œProviding injury insurance for customersâ€™ pets that they otherwise wouldnâ€™t have is just one example of this.â€
The new coverage is included on Progressiveâ€™s policies with Collision coverage at no additional cost. It will pay up to $500 if a customerâ€™s dog or cat is hurt or dies as a result of a car accident. Typically, if a person causes an accident, their car insurance policy provides benefits for pets in the other personâ€™s car, but the personâ€™s own pets are not covered. Progressive is not aware of any other car insurance company that provides this type of first-party coverage for pets.
Progressiveâ€™s Pet Injury Insurance is available in 46 states and the District of Columbia; itâ€™s not yet available in North Carolina, New Hampshire, New York and Virginia but the company hopes to offer it in those states soon.