Why Your Motorcycle Insurance Needs Accident Forgiveness

Unfortunately, we aren’t perfect and mistakes happen. That’s why it’s important to have accident forgiveness included in your motorcycle insurance policy.
Why Your Motorcycle Insurance Needs Accident Forgiveness, StreetRider Insurance, Ontario

Accident forgiveness protection in your motorcycle insurance policy is often called the Good Driver Guarantee (there are different names for this coverage depending on your insurance carrier).  Having this coverage included in you insurance policy can save you a lot of headaches in the event of an accident. Don’t let one mistake raise your premiums; be sure you have accident forgiveness. We’ve shared and clarified everything to do with this coverage below.

A Guide to Understanding Accident Forgiveness  

What is it? 

Accident forgiveness a.k.a. the Good Driver Guarantee allows riders with a clean driving record to have their first at-fault accident forgiven (depending on the circumstances). This means your motorcycle insurance premium will not be affected.


Not everyone qualifies for the accident forgiveness/Good Driver Guarantee coverage. Typically, it goes hand and hand with your driving record and is something that needs to be discussed with your Insurance Broker. Here are some other eligibility requirements:

  • A driving record with a  5 star rating – this means you have had a class M licence for 5 years and a clean record with no accidents
  • No at-fault accidents in the past 6 years
  • No more than 1 minor conviction in the past 3 years
  • No major, serious or criminal code convictions in the past 3 years

How Accident Forgiveness Protects Your Insurance Costs

The benefits of motorcycle accident forgiveness are fairly obvious, but here is a quick outline:

  • Your first at-fault accident is forgiven
  • Rates will not increase from an at-fault accident
  • Offers a reason to drive safe during the claims-free period
  • Often a standard declaration with some companies

What it doesn’t cover

If you have accident forgiveness/Good Driver Guarantee, your first at-fault motorcycle accident will not impact your insurance costs at renewal time. However, after your first at-fault accident this coverage will no longer apply and all subsequent accidents will (possibly) have an affect on the cost of your insurance. Once the Good Driver Guarantee has been removed due to an at-fault accident or convictions, you must meet all the qualifications for the Good Driver Guarantee before you become eligible for reinstatement of this coverage.

You are ineligible for this coverage upon renewal if the following occurs:

  • 2 or more minor convictions in the past 3 years
  • 1 or more major, serious or criminal convictions in the past 3 years
  • First at-fault accident

We hope we’ve shed some light on motorcycle accident forgiveness/Good Driver Guarantee coverage. If you have any questions be sure to contact your StreetRider broker today!

Source: www.thinkinsure.ca

Disclaimer: The information provided on this blog is for educational purposes only and is not intended as professional insurance advice. The coverage, terms, and conditions of each insurance policy are unique and subject to individual circumstances. The information provided does not guarantee the availability or suitability of any insurance policy for your specific needs. You should not rely on the information in the blog as an alternative to professional advice from your insurance broker or insurance company. If you have any specific questions about any insurance matter, please consult a licensed insurance broker for personalized advice and guidance.