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PIKE Insurance Service has collected a list of Insurance Terms Definitions to help Contrators fully understand what they're getting themselves into when choosing an Insurance Carrier. The list is several pages, so PIKE listed each page of definitions, alphabetically. Use the navigation system to the right and browse the list of definitions by name or click through each page using the "NEXT PAGE " button at the top each page.

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Umbrella Liability

A liability contract with high limits covering over top of primary liability coverages and, subject to a self-insured retention (deductible), covering exposures otherwise uninsured.

Underinsured Motorists Coverage

Coverage for the insured and passengers whenever the at-fault driver in an accident has auto liability insurance with lesser limits than the insured’s. This coverage lies atop "uninsured motorists coverage" or atop the at-fault driver’s low limit automobile liability insurance and provides the insured and passengers with protection equal (usually) to the insured’s own automobile liability cover.

Underlying Insurance Policy

The policy providing initial coverage for a claim until its limit of liability is reached and an umbrella or excess policy’s coverage is triggered.

Underlying Limits

The limits of liability of the policy(ies) underlying an umbrella or excess policy.

Underwriter

One who researches and then accepts, rejects, or limits prospective risks for an insurance company. Also, an insurer.

Underwritting

The process of selecting risks for insurance and classifying them according to their degrees of insurability so that the appropriate rates may be assigned. The process also includes rejection of those risks that do not quality.

Underwriting Expense Ratio

This represents the percentage of a company's net premiums written that went toward underwriting expenses, such as commissions to agents and brokers, state and municipal taxes, salaries, employee benefits and other operating costs. The ratio is computed by dividing underwriting expenses by net premiums written. The ratio is computed by dividing underwriting expenses by net premiums written. A company with an underwriting expense ratio of 31.3% is spending more than 31 cents of every dollar of net premiums written to pay underwriting costs. It should be noted that different lines of business have intrinsically differing expense ratios. For example, boiler and machinery insurance, which requires a corps of skilled inspectors, is a high expense ratio line. On the other hand, expense ratios are usually low on group health insurance.

Underwriting Guide

Details the underwriting practices of an insurance company and provides specific guidance as to how underwriters should analyze all of the various types of applicants they might encounter. Also called an underwriting manual, underwriting guidelines, or manual of underwriting policy.

Unearned Premiums

That part of the premium applicable to the unexpired part of the policy period.

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