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The following information is US customers only. In most countries, renters are not liable for injury or damages to other vehicles. Please refer to our Country Guides for more information.
Supplementary Liability Insurance insures you against injuries you may cause to other drivers and their vehicles. In some countries this "third party" insurance is compulsorily provided by the vehicle owner, i.e. the rental companies. However most states in the US do not require the vehicle owner to have mandatory third party liability, meaning the driver is potentially liable for injuries to other people and their property.
If you are driving in one of those states you will be offered SLI (also called Accident Liability Insurance/ALI or LIS or Renter Liability Protection) by the rental company, which will normally provide between $1,000,000 and $2,000,000 coverage. As a general rule, if SLI if offered by the rental company, we advise you to take it.
How much coverage is normally provided?
In the USA each state has different rules regarding whether or not third party coverage must be provided, and often the minimum level of coverage required by law will be quite low. Despite this most SLI providers will generally insure you in the range of $1-2 million, though in some cases coverage may extend up to $10 million.
|Sample of Minimum legal coverage|
|State||Individual||Multiple Persons||Property||Supplier SLI Coverage|
|New York||$25,000||$50,000||$10,000||$1-2 million|
|Other||$10-50 thous.||$30-100 thous.||$5-25 thous.||$1-2 million|
Am I insured if I am not at fault?
Generally no. In most cases you will only be able to claim third party damage or injuries if you were the driver at fault. The only exception to this would be if you were deemed by a court to be responsible for a third party accident even if it is not caused by you directly, though this will vary depending on your policy terms.
How Does the Claims Process Work?
To make a SLI claim you will need to contact the rental company's insurance provider and deal directly with them. You will be asked by the insurers to fill out a statement of claim, and to provide some form of documentation relating to your insurance and the claim being made (usually a certificate of insurance, receipts of payment, copies of invoices and police reports as well as other details from the third party showing evidence of damages or injuries sustained).