DAMAGE TO PROPERTY
FROM RIOTS OR CIVIL DISORDERS
People are human beings with so much more uniting us than dividing us. People have human personalities. As Martin Luther King once said: “When we value the human personality, we won't kill anybody.” He also said: “Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere. I have decided to stick with love; hate is too great a burden to bear.”
Many of our clients are concerned about damage to their property from the recent protests that have led to riots or civil disorders. Unfortunately, sometimes even a harmless gathering can turn into looting, vandalism, and fires leading to thousands of dollars in damage. There are coverages available to protect homes, businesses, and vehicles from most forms of civil commotion. It is automatically part of your personal auto or home insurance and depending on the selections made under your business insurance may also be included.
Damage to cars would be covered under optional comprehensive coverage on your auto policy. Comprehensive provides coverage for damage to your vehicle caused by fire, falling objects, vandalism, or riot. If you do not carry separate glass coverage, damage to your windshield if shattered or cracked also falls under comprehensive.
A standard homeowner’s policy will provide coverage for damage to property caused by fire, explosion, vandalism, malicious mischief, and riot or civil commotion. This includes both damage to personal property and damage to the structure.
Additional living expense provides coverage if you cannot live at your home while it undergoes repairs from a covered loss.
For those who own and insure their building under a Business Owners Policy (aka BOP), there is coverage for losses caused by fire, riots, civil commotion or vandalism. However, coverage for glass windows is often sold separately.
For those who carry business personal property coverage, business personal property would also be covered, as well as loss of income (aka business interruption) for those forced to suspend operations due to a direct physical loss at the premises.
A “civil authority provision” in a business policy provides coverage for lost income and extra expenses in the event the police or fire department bars access to a specific area as a result of the danger caused by a riot or civil commotion.
Please contact us if you have any questions regarding the coverage or benefits of your policy. We are here to help however we can!