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    Let us consider 2 instances of drunken driving.

    Situation 1: You are driving your scooter in an inebriated condition. You are not able to focus, your vision is blurred. You do not see a speedbump on the road and drive over it at high speed. You lose control of the vehicle and fall off. Your scooter falls apart in several places and you are severely hurt. The hospital you are taken to confirms that you were driving while drunk. Would you be able to claim insurance on the scooter damage and use the accident rider for your own medical expenses?

    Situation 2: You are driving a bike while under the influence of alcohol. You are pretty buzzed and can’t clearly see where you are going. At a steep bend on the road, you suddenly you come face to face with another bike – you realise you had been driving on the wrong side of the road, but it is too late to do anything. You slam into the bike and both of you are thrown off the vehicle, and suffer grave injuries. Your bikes are in a bad shape too. The other party’s family files a case against you for damage and you are liable to pay her Rs.8 lakh as damages for both her and her bike. You yourself are hoping to claim a big sum from your insurance provider. Will your insurer cover both of these claims?

    The answer to the above questions is not straightforward. To understand the intricacies of the insurance provider’s onus in a drunken driving incident, let us take a look at some important facets of the issue.

    • Drunken driving is a criminal offence in India. Drunken driving is defined as driving under the influence of alcohol where your blood alcohol content is 0.03% or more. If you are driving after having drunk alcohol and cause an accident, you are responsible for it and may be involved in a police case, depending on how badly injured the other party is and how much damage they have suffered. If someone dies because of your drunken driving accident, you are criminally implicated as the cause of death, and apart from compensation to the family of the deceased, you may also be imprisoned.
    • A two wheeler insurance or car insurance comes primarily in two types. Third party insurance and comprehensive insurance. A third party insurance covers the damage caused to the person/s and vehicles that are injured/damaged by your vehicle in in an accident. Comprehensive insurance covers not only the third party damage, but also damage caused to your own person and vehicle. If you are driving under the influence of alcohol, the insurance provider is not legally bound to meet your own damage claims, because the damage was caused entirely due to your fault, when you did something that is illegal.
    • In a recent case in Hyderabad where a car driven by a drunk person killed a police constable in an accident, the High Court ruled that an insurance company cannot be exonerated from paying third-party damages to the person who died/suffered losses due to a drunken driver, where the victim is in no way party to the fact that the driver was drunk. The family of the deceased constable was given a compensation of Rs. 32.6 lakh, part of which was payable by the insurance company as far as the insurance policy allowed.

    Many companies reject the claims outright, while some may consider paying out the entire claim amount or a part of it in case your blood alcohol content was not high enough to be considered drunk. The result may be different for each person depending on the situation of the accident and the severity of damage. 

    Facts about Motor Insurance And Drunken Driving Reviews

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    • Royal Sundaram Two Wheeler Insurance
      "Good Policy"
      0.5 4.0/5 "Great!"
      My two wheeler is insured with Royal sundaram insurance from last 4-5 years, a premium of Rs 2000 has to be paid for this insurance policy. There was no claim experience so far with this insurance policy. I am happy with the policy coverage and plan benefits of this policy.
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      , jaipur
      Reviewed on Nov 16, 2018
    • Reliance General Two Wheeler Insurance
      "Yet to experience the claim"
      0.5 4.0/5 "Great!"
      I have not used the insurance policy so far. I never claimed anything in this policy. I have not spoke with the customer care. My friend has recommended me about the two wheeler insurance policy with Reliance. I pay the premium amount of Rs. 1500 for one year. I renew the policy through onine.
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      , bangalore
      Reviewed on Nov 16, 2018
    • HDFC Ergo Two Wheeler Insurance
      "Excellent"
      0.5 5.0/5 "Blown Away!"
      I have taken a two wheeler insurance with HDFC Ergo. I got a Passion Pro and Scooty for both the vehicles, I used to renew with HDFC Ergo. The customer service is good. There is no claim experience. The policy coverage and the plan benefits are good. I pay 4,000K yearly for 2 vehicles. The policy period is one year.
      Was this review helpful? 0
      , tiruchirapalli
      Reviewed on Nov 16, 2018
    • HDFC Ergo Two Wheeler Insurance
      "Good insurance policy"
      0.5 4.0/5 "Great!"
      When i purchased the vehicle, the dealer has provided the insurance with HDFC Ergo. I have not used any claim with HDFC Ergo. I have not spoke with their customer care. I pay the premium amount through credit cards. Last year i have bought this policy. Since i'm existing customer of HDFC, i have selected my two wheeler policy with HDFC Ergo.
      Was this review helpful? 0
      , mumbai
      Reviewed on Nov 16, 2018
    • Reliance General Two Wheeler Insurance
      "Good Policy to use"
      0.5 4.0/5 "Great!"
      My two wheeler insurance policy was taken from Reliance. The dealer was provided the two wheeler insurance policy when i purchased my bike. I have paid a premium amount of Rs. 7000 for two years. The policy covers all the parts of the vehicle. The documentation process was good. According to the bike condition, they have provided 100% coverage value.
      Was this review helpful? 0
      , ahmednagar
      Reviewed on Nov 16, 2018
    • Bajaj Allianz Two Wheeler Insurance
      "Good"
      0.5 4.0/5 "Great!"
      It is very good and I have a two wheeler insurance with Bajaj Allianz and it was recommended by the showroom person. I have a Honda Activa bike. It is a one year policy. I got the insurance papers on time. There is helpline number to reach the customer support. The premium was paid through cheque.
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      , mumbai
      Reviewed on Nov 16, 2018
    • New India Two Wheeler Insurance
      "Good Policy"
      0.5 4.0/5 "Great!"
      I have a two wheeler insurance with New India Assurance from last 3 years, i am not aware of the premium amount as my company pays it. There was no claim experience so far with this insurance policy. I am happy with the policy coverage and plan benefits of this policy.
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      , hyderabad
      Reviewed on Nov 16, 2018
    • Oriental Insurance Two Wheeler Insurance
      "Claim process is taking more time"
      0.5 4.0/5 "Great!"
      I have purchased the health insurance policy with Oriental. My entire family has been covered in this policy. My organization has provided the policy and they will be managing all the policy details. I never interacted with the oriental customer care services. I had a claim experience with oriental but my company taking care of that when i submitted the documents. Its taking 20 days to get settlement. They have given me a coverage value of Rs. 5 lakhs.
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      , chennai
      Reviewed on Nov 16, 2018
    • Bajaj Allianz Two Wheeler Insurance
      "Best Policy"
      0.5 4.5/5 "Excellent!"
      Using the bajaj Allianz insurnace for my two wheeler for last 2 years. I used to pay the premium of Rs. 1240. They have provided the value of the bike Rs. 38000. They have covered for 70% of the bike value. I never faced any issues with the policy. Because of the lower price, i have selected the policy with Bajaj Allianz.
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      , chennai
      Reviewed on Nov 16, 2018
    • ICICI Lombard Two Wheeler Insurance
      "Good"
      0.5 3.0/5 "Satisfactory"
      I have a bike insurance with ICICI Lombard. Its a one year policy. I asked the service provider for an insurance and they was suggest me ICICI Lombard. I have paid 1300 rupees for a year through cash. I have claim experience, they have taken almost 18 months for the reimbursement. I am satisfied with the policy coverage and the plan benefits.
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      , new delhi
      Reviewed on Nov 15, 2018
    • Bajaj Allianz Two Wheeler Insurance
      "Good Policy"
      0.5 4.0/5 "Great!"
      The plan is good with Bajaj Allianz insurance company, in terms of coverage value, the insured value around Rs. 47,000 for my Honda Dream yuga bike, its just two years old. I have coverage for loss, damage, accidental. They have many service centers as well.
      Was this review helpful? 1
      , ghaziabad
      Reviewed on Nov 14, 2018
    • Bajaj Allianz Two Wheeler Insurance
      "Good protection for two wheeler"
      0.5 5.0/5 "Blown Away!"
      The bike policy was arranged through the dealer, since it mandatory purpose I took the policy from Bajaj Allianz. I don't have any option hence I took by paying some premium. I availed comprehensive policy for my bajaj discover bike for one year tenure.
      Was this review helpful? 2
      , hyderabad
      Reviewed on Nov 13, 2018
    • Bharti Axa Two Wheeler Insurance
      " Its convenient policy renewal"
      0.5 5.0/5 "Blown Away!"
      Its convenient to go head to chose all the options, they have option to increase the IDV, even the premium is good. I have been experience with Bharti axa two wheeler policy around five years, whenever I renew the policy I get the no claim bonus.
      Was this review helpful? 2
      , bangalore
      Reviewed on Nov 13, 2018
    • National Insurance Two Wheeler Insurance
      "Average Policy"
      0.5 3.0/5 "Satisfactory"
      I did not have any claim experience with National two wheeler insurance. I have not spoke with the customer care service as of now. I made a premium amount of Rs. 1400 for one year. The reason for selecting the National insurance is when i purchase a bike from dealer who provided the policy with National and i'm continuing the same. They have given a value of the bike is Rs. 55K.
      Was this review helpful? 1
      , chennai
      Reviewed on Nov 13, 2018
    • National Insurance Two Wheeler Insurance
      "Good"
      0.5 4.0/5 "Great!"
      When I purchased the Honda Activa bike at that time they provided an insurance. It is a one year policy. One of my friend is working there so he will takes care of my policy. If anything goes wrong,they will recover 70% to 80% of the damage, remaining 20% from my end.I am planning to renew the policy again with National Insurance.
      Was this review helpful? 1
      , bangalore
      Reviewed on Nov 13, 2018
    • National Insurance Two Wheeler Insurance
      "Good Protection for two wheeler"
      0.5 5.0/5 "Blown Away!"
      As per IRDI policy, National Insurance is following the terms, the premium is reasonable, I have taken bike policy for three years now they do have five years plan. I have comprehensive plan its always better to go with full cover its good for us.
      Was this review helpful? 0
      , chennai
      Reviewed on Nov 12, 2018
    • ICICI Lombard Two Wheeler Insurance
      "Need improvement on service"
      0.5 3.0/5 "Satisfactory"
      I have bike insurance with ICICI Lombard, I paid Rs.8700 for three years policy. It has third party plan with personal accidental. But the guys are not responsible, when they want to sell some thing they call , during queries they wont respond.
      Was this review helpful? 1
      , hyderabad
      Reviewed on Nov 12, 2018
    • ICICI Lombard Two Wheeler Insurance
      "Good Customer Policy"
      0.5 5.0/5 "Blown Away!"
      The customer service is good they are providing continuous follow up before expiring the policy they call and share the benefits on renewal. I have honda passion they gave me the best insured value its good. And providing good benefits on the policy.
      Was this review helpful? 0
      , new delhi
      Reviewed on Nov 12, 2018
    • ICICI Lombard Two Wheeler Insurance
      "Good Policy"
      0.5 4.0/5 "Great!"
      For my Dream Honda bike, ICICI Lombard gave me best insured value for the premium amount around Rs.1500 for one year. I got my policy documents on time. I have taken the comprehensive plan with first party cover, therefore I am satisfied with them.
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      , nagpur
      Reviewed on Nov 12, 2018
    • Royal Sundaram Two Wheeler Insurance
      "Better coverage"
      0.5 3.0/5 "Satisfactory"
      For my Yamaha R15 bike I took policy from Royal sundaram they gave me Rs. 70,000 of idv value for tenure of three years it was good. I purchased the bike for Rs. 1.3 lakhs, now it got good IDV value with third party liability cover, personal accident cover.
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      , chennai
      Reviewed on Nov 12, 2018
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