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What Is An Accidental Death Benefit (AD&D) Rider In A Life Insurance Policy?

This can provide an additional payment (often double the amount) if your death occurs as the result of an accident.

Reasons For Purchasing An Accidental Death Benefit Rider

If you work in a potentially dangerous environment (with heavy machinery, for example) or drive more than average (either professionally or as a commuter), an AD&D rider might be a good rider to consider adding to your policy.

Reasons That An Accidental Death Benefit Rider Might Become Void

In general, an accidental death benefit will not be delivered if the death results from service in the armed forces or injuries sustained in war, illegal activities, self-inflicted injuries, or “hazardous hobbies” (such as skydiving, deep sea diving, motorsports, mountaineering, etc.), among other reasons. If you engage in any of these activities but you're still interested in purchasing an AD&D rider you should consult with a licensed Life Insurance agent to see what your options are.

Accidental Death Benefit Rider Cost

An AD&D rider is not usually included in a basic life insurance policy. The addition of an accidental death benefit rider will probably result in a slightly higher premium.

Other Types Of Insurance Riders Include...

  • Life Insurance
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