Compulsory Personal Accident Cover

A compulsory personal accident or PA cover is an add-on cover offered by motor insurance providers to the owner-driver of a car that protects him against any accidental injuries. It provides compensation in case the owner-driver of the car suffered from bodily injuries, permanent disability or death following the car accident.

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What Does Personal Accident Cover Mean?

A personal accident cover means it will provide coverage for medical expenses if the owner-driver of the car gets injured in an accident. It comes as an add-on cover that a comprehensive car insurance policyholder can purchase by paying an extra amount in the premium.

Benefits of Personal Accident Cover for Owner-Driver

Here are some of the benefits of Personal accident cover for the owner or driver of the car.

  • PA cover is the best protection option when it comes to securing yourself from any accidental injuries. 
  • If you meet with an accident while driving your car, personal accident cover will provide you with financial aid to help you cover medical expenses incurred during your treatment, including hospitalization charges, treatment costs and medical bills. 
  • It will also provide you with monetary compensation in case you end up suffering from a permanent disability as a result of the accident. 
  • PA cover will also provide compensation to the surviving members of your family in case the car accident results in your death.

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Is Personal Accident Cover Mandatory for Owner-Drivers?

In India, it is mandatory for all cars owners to own a personal accident cover. This cover needs to be purchased irrespective of whether you are buying a third-party liability-only policy or comprehensive policy for your car. If you don’t own a PA cover under your car insurance, you will be liable for legal action under the law of the country.

The whole idea behind a PA cover is to ensure that all car owners are covered against personal accidents up to the minimum mandated coverage limit. As per the India Motor Tariff 2002, personal accident cover is issued compulsorily with every car insurance policy. Therefore, it is granted as part of the comprehensive policy as well as the third-party liability-only policy.

Personal Accident Compensation for Owner-Driver

Currently, all car owners are granted a personal accident cover of Rs 15 lakh as per the guidelines issued by IRDAI or the Insurance Regulatory and Development Authority of India. The IRDAI has fixed the PA cover at Rs 15 lakh following an order from the Madras High Court in September 2018.

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No Need to Buy PA Cover More Than Once

As of 1st January 2019, the IRDAI unbundled personal accident cover allowing car owners to skip buying the PA cover if they already own one. Let us break it down for you. Suppose you have two cars and purchased a PA cover while insuring the first car, you don’t have to buy it again while insuring your second car.  

Earlier, personal accident cover came as an in-built component of a car insurance policy. As a result, car owners had to purchase a PA cover every time they purchased car insurance for a new car in addition to the existing car(s). This led to multiple PA covers providing the same coverage but coming at an additional premium cost.

Making note of this unnecessary cost borne by the owners of more than one car, the IRDAI decided to unbundle personal accident cover from car insurance allowing people to buy the cover only once.

Premium Cost of Personal Accident Cover 

Presently, the premium for a personal accident cover of Rs 15 lakh is fixed at Rs 750. The IRDAI has fixed this premium amount for PA cover under the bundled car insurance policies for all types of cars. However, motor insurance companies have been granted the liberty to decide the premium for unbundled or standalone personal accident cover. 

Thus, the premium amount for the PA cover can be higher in the case of unbundled and standalone covers. Therefore, it is beneficial to go for a bundled car insurance policy if you don’t own a personal accident cover. Buying a standalone personal accident cover can turn out to be quite expensive for you.

PA Cover for Paid Driver/ Passengers

What if you have hired a paid driver to take you around and he gets injured in an accident? Well, there are guidelines for paid drivers too.

As per the Workman Compensation Act, the owner of the car or the employer is liable to pay compensation to the paid driver in case he gets injured in an accident while driving his employer’s car. To help you combat such a situation, motor insurance companies offer personal accident cover for paid drivers as an add-on cover. Your insurer will take care of any liabilities towards your paid driver under this cover. However, you will be required to pay an additional premium to buy this cover.

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