How does Insurance work?

Spreading the risk

As we have identified earlier, its important to have insurance. Insurance companies exist because of  the many risks in the world. We are here to help individuals like you to manage risk by ensuring that if the unexpected happens, you will be able to manage the financial burden. Insurance firms pool together the risk together of many individuals, and this helps to benefit society as a whole.

Dont put your eggs in one basket: the core of insurance
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An example

For example, if 100,000 Sri Lankan’s each pay Rs 12,000 annually for automobile insurance, the insurance firm will receive Rs 1.2 billion. During the course of 2014, if 10,000 individuals suffer a loss amounting to Rs50,000 each the firm would have to pay Rs 500 million in claims, leaving the rest for future claims. Sure, if the automobile isnt yours, that money is gone. However, it is a better option to enlist a large number of people to pool together risk in order to pay for the losses of a small group, because the financial burden of Rs50000 is usually too much for one individual to manage on their own.

Different premiums

However, all motorists don’t pay the same premium. With sufficient statistical information (collected over time), insurance firms can calculate the losses the company is likely to incur, and subsequently charge each driver a different premium depending on how likely they are to be involved in a motor accident. As a result, some drivers who are deemed ‘high risk-worthy’, (ie: multiple speeding fines and accidents) are more likely to pay a higher premium than those who travel carefully and play it safe.

Right Insurance = Financial Security

Motor insurance is something which needs to be handled with care, just like you would do to your precious vehicle. If you do it right, it becomes a useful tool to maintain the financial security you deserve. If you’d like to get a motor insurance quote, send us a SMS, or simply call HNB General Insurance’s 24 hour hotline on 0114-883-883.

Note: If you are more interested in Life Insurance, call HNB Assurance on 0114-384-384 instead.

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Disclaimer: The views shared in this blog are based on the macro economic conditions & industry status quo as per the time of publishing.

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