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Nearly one third of drivers uninformed about OCTA functions

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Approximately one-third of drivers are unable to explain what exactly is covered by OCTA insurance, or provide incorrect explanations, suggests the insurance company Balta survey.

After surveying more than 1 000 inhabitants of Latvia, the obtained data indicate a significantly low awareness of the settlements offered by OCTA. 27% of the respondents could not answer the question which damages are covered by OCTA. While 24% of the correspondents believed that the compensation is also received by the driver who caused the accident.

In their replies, respondents tended to point out that compensation is received only by the driver who suffered damages – both to property and health. In fact, one of OCTA’s key functions is forgotten – the coverage of losses for passengers in the victim and accident causer’s car, as well as for third-party damaged possessions.

«Unfortunately, the survey results indicate that OCTA is bought primarily due to the requirements of law. Drivers rarely understand the importance of OCTA and its other essential benefits, which can be used in the framework of accident,» explains AAS Balta Board Member Kristians Pudans.

Interestingly, in Russian-speaking population the awareness level about OCTA coverage is considerably lower – 54% of this surveyed group could not give a clear answer on what damages are covered by OCTA.

Nevertheless, virtually all respondents were aware of the necessity to acquire OCTA. When asked to name things without which a car could not exist, the surveyed ranked OCTA policy in the second place immediately after fuel; thus, it is estimated even higher than car service.


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  1. @Rita says:

    Maybe the information is not enough provided…

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