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Recovering from Hurricane Delta

Recovering from Hurricane Delta

Hurricane Resources If you’ve evacuated during Hurricane Delta, be careful as you’re returning home. Here are some resources you may need while you’re on the road home: The Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT)'s DriveTexas highway map for updated road conditions...

How to Reduce Your Wildfire Risk

How to Reduce Your Wildfire Risk

A wildfire is an unplanned fire that burns in a natural area such as a forest, grassland, or prairie. Wildfires are often caused by humans or lightning and can happen anywhere at any time. Wildfire risk increases during periods of little rain and high winds. According...

What is Roadside Assistance?

What is Roadside Assistance?

Roadside assistance helps you when your vehicle breaks down. Some companies automatically include this coverage, but it is often an optional coverage that can be added to your auto policy. It is important to understand what roadside assistance coverage you have and...

OPIC’s 2019 Achievements

OPIC’s 2019 Achievements

OPIC has been working hard for consumers this year, analyzing over 2,100 rules, rates, and policy forms. We are a small, 10-person agency, but we did big things in 2019, saving Texas consumers over $41 million. Here are some of our biggest achievements: Negotiated an...

Understanding PIP vs Med-Pay

Understanding PIP vs Med-Pay

Personal Injury Protection (PIP) and Medical Payments (Med-Pay) are auto coverages that pay regardless of who is at fault in an accident. While these coverages have some things in common, they are different. Here are some of the key differences:Personal Injury...

What is Surplus Lines Insurance?

What is Surplus Lines Insurance?

Most property and casualty insurance policies in Texas are sold by insurance companies licensed by the Texas Department of Insurance (TDI). These companies make up what is called the “authorized” or “admitted” market. TDI reviews most of the rates and policies that...

OPIC Staff Shop Their Policies

OPIC Staff Shop Their Policies

OPIC always encourages consumers to shop around for insurance, so we took our own advice and did the same. OPIC staff recently shopped for our own policies to see if we could get a better deal on our insurance. Our goal was to save money without losing coverage....

Avoiding a Car Crash

Avoiding a Car Crash

Each year over 6.5 million car accidents happen in the United States. These crashes result in 2.75 million injuries and 34,000 deaths every year (National Highway Traffic Safety Administration). Besides the threat to your safety, causing or being in a car accident can...

5 Ways to Lower Your Auto Insurance Costs

5 Ways to Lower Your Auto Insurance Costs

1. Shop Around Prices can vary, so it often pays to shop around. Check out our Policy Comparison Tool and HelpInsure.com to compare coverages and sample rates. Remember to never shop for an insurance policy on price alone!   2. Higher Deductibles A deductible is...

Insurance Consumer Protections from the 2019 Legislative Session

Insurance Consumer Protections from the 2019 Legislative Session

The 86th Texas Legislative Session concluded on May 27, 2019. Several bills passed that positively impact Texas insurance consumers. Below are summaries highlighting some of the consumer protection bills passed by the Texas Legislature and signed by the Governor. To...