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At Fault

Regarding auto insurance, a driver whose conduct is held legally responsible for causing an accident.

Anti-Theft Device

A range of technologies intended to deter auto theft, such as a car alarm. Equipping vehicles with anti-theft devices often lead to a discount on insurance premiums.

Anti-Lock Brake System (ABS)

The onboard system controlled by a vehicle’s computer that assists the manual braking system, helping a driver safely stop or slow a vehicle without skidding or losing control.

Agreed Value

Concerning auto insurance, the amount the policyholder and the insurance company decide will be paid in the event of an accident that results in a total loss of the insured vehicle.

Agreed Cost

Regarding auto insurance, the price agreed to by the claimant’s chosen auto repair shop and the insurance adjuster to complete the work necessary to fix the damage to a vehicle.

Additional Interest Insured

Concerning auto insurance, a party, such as a lienholder, who does not necessarily use the vehicle, but may nonetheless be named as an Additional Interest Insured and held liable for an accident involving

Accident Forgiveness

A form of optional auto insurance coverage wherein the insurer waves its right to increase the rate of the policyholder at fault of an accident.


the agreement made between a man and a woman before they get married with provisions for property disposal should they divorce or a partner dies. See antinuptual settlement; premarital agreement.


the legal expression that is sussed to describe the attack of one person against another that results in some sort of bodily injury.


The right that has been established and is backed by a legal authority and can demand a remedy to wrongs that have been committed.


This term applies to any trick or a cunning device that is used.


The agreement between parties to settle their claims and differences.


the changing of a pleading that will correct any errors and to make a more accurate presentation of all of the facts.


Having the knowledge of or being familiar with a person or thing.


These are the monies and properties of a deceased person that are made available to the executor of the estate for paying any outstanding debts and to distribute to his heirs.


This term applies to a person who files a petition or makes an application; the petitioner; or the person who is applying for a legal remedy to a problem.

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