Schwarz Insurance Blog

August 06, 2014 @ 12:00am

Uninsured Motorist Coverage

While every responsible driver takes care to provide for the proper amount of automobile insurance coverage, there is a large and growing community who choose to ignore this responsibility.

Having an accident with one of these people can be an expensive headache. The other driver may not even have the means to repay you for his or her mistake. That's where “uninsured motorist” insurance can play a vital role. Here's what you need to know:

What is Uninsured Motorist Coverage?

An estimated one in eight motorists are either completely uninsured or under-insured. In either case, the negligent driver can’t pay for the damages and you end up stuck with the bill. In general, uninsured motorist coverage will pay any medical bills associated with the accident that exceed your own coverage.

This coverage applies to uninsured drivers apprehended at the scene, “hit and run” drivers never caught and even drivers who have an accident with you in a stolen car. An important point to remember is that, in most states, the damage to your car is not covered if they don’t have insurance and you would have to file a claim with your insurance company to get it fixed.

What Should You do if involved in an Accident with an Uninsured Driver?

The first step that anyone should take in an accident is to determine if anyone i

July 08, 2014 @ 12:00am

Schwarz Insurance was the featured article in the Wisconsin State Journal's Longevity in Business column on July 8, 2014.  The article highlights how the agency was started in Ray Schwarz's home and is now in its third generation of family ownership with the fourth generation beginning to work with the agency.

June 30, 2014 @ 12:00am

Severe Weather Safety

Do you know the difference between a severe thunderstorm watch and a warning? A severe thunderstorm watch means there are possible severe thunderstorms in your area.  A severe thunderstorm warning means severe weather has been reported and indicates imminent danger.  A thunderstorm is considered severe if it produces hail at least 1 inch in diameter or has wind gusts of at least 58 miles per hour.

Being prepared before severe weather strikes is essential to weather the storm.  Make sure you know how your local community warns for severe thunderstorms or tornadoes.  Have a safe place to gather in your home during storms, away from windows and glass.  Keep trees and shrubs trimmed and remove damaged branches.  Secure all out buildings and outside furniture.  Put together an emergency preparedness kit.

During a storm make sure you take shelter.  In your home take retreat in the basement away from windows and doors.  If you don’t have a basement go to an interior room away from windows and doors, most of the time this is a hallway or a bathroom.  Do not take a bath or shower during a thunderstorm.  Avoid electrical equipment, battery-powered TV and radios are better options.  If you are driving, safety exit the road, park and put your flasher on.  Stay in the vehicle and avoid touching metal or other surfaces that conduct electricity.  If you are outside,

June 06, 2014 @ 12:00am

8 Tips for Protecting Your Home From Summer Storms

As residents of the Midwest, we know all too well not to keep our fingers crossed when it comes to weather.  Though summer might ultimately be remembered for the sunny days picnicking in the park, boating on the lake, or lying out at the beach, if you aren't properly prepared for the summer's inclement weather, you might end up remembering it for the wrong reasons! To help keep your families, homes and vehicles safe this summer, Schwarz Insurance offers these 8 crucial summer storm damage prevention tips:

General Storm Safety Tips

Is your family and home ready to endure another summer storm? Because summer storms can be so unpredictable, it's important to have several basic safety and preventive measures in place.  To help make sure your family is prepared and ready to respond at a moment's notice, be sure to follow these two basic steps:

1. Build an emergency/first aid kit. For your family to have everything they need in case of an emergency, your kit should include: First aid supplies, personal hygiene items, blankets, portable NOAA weather radio, flashlight, batteries, basic tools, work gloves, prescription medications, 3-5 day supply of non-perishable food and water, some cash, copies of important documents, and important contact numbers (medical centers, utilities, insurance agents, family members, etc.).

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May 29, 2014 @ 12:00am

Top Five Boat and Motorcycle Safety Tips

1. Don't Drink and Drive

According to the Department of Transportation's National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) traffic safety report, of the 4,323 motorcyclists killed in 2011, 33% (1,426) were under the influence of alcohol.  For recreational boaters, according to the U.S. Coast Guard, alcohol was the leading contributing factor of fatal accidents, accounting for 17% of all recreational boating deaths in 2012.  Make sure you're aware of your state's driving and boating blood alcohol content limits, and if you're above the legal limit, give the keys to a sober driver, call a cab, or wait to sober up - anything except drinking and driving!

2. Wear Proper Safety Devices

According to estimates from the NHTSA, in 2011, wearing a helmet saved more than 1,600 riders' lives, and another 700+ may have survived had they been wearing one.  However, in addition to wearing a helmet, motorcyclists should always wear the proper gear in case of an accident or skid.  Wearing leather clothing, nonskid-soled boots, and leather gloves will all help protect you from injury if you were to fall off your bike.

For boaters, according to the U.S. Coast Guard, in 2012, nearly 71% of all fatal boating accident victims drowned, with 84% of those victims not wearing a life jacket.  Before going boating, make sure you're aware of the federal and

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