AD&D insurance

By Allstate

Last updated: January 1

What is AD&D insurance?

AD&D Insurance is a type of coverage that can be added to a life insurance policy. AD&D, short for Accidental Death and Dismemberment, provides specific benefits in the unfortunate event of an accidental death or severe bodily injury, according to

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What does AD&D insurance cover?

AD&D insurance coverage will depend on your specific policy and insurer, but it may cover:

Accidental death

If the insured person dies due to an accident, a lump-sum payment is typically made to the beneficiaries.


If an accident results in the covered person losing a limb or being permanently disfigured, the policy may provide compensation based on the severity of the injury.


Some policies include coverage for hospitalization and medical expenses resulting from an accident.

Transportation expenses

AD&D policies may also cover transportation costs related to the accident, such as ambulance fees

What’s typically not covered by AD&D insurance?

AD&D insurance does not cover deaths or injuries resulting from non-accidental causes, such as illness, natural causes, or self-inflicted injuries, according to Forbes Advisor. Certain high-risk activities or hazardous occupations may also be excluded from coverage. It's essential to review the policy terms and exclusions carefully when deciding which plan to purchase.

How does accidental death and dismemberment insurance work?

When an accident leads to the death or dismemberment of someone who carries AD&D insurance, a predetermined benefit amount is paid to the designated beneficiaries. This benefit can help ease the financial burden during a difficult time, covering medical expenses, funeral costs, or providing additional financial security.

This type of insurance is particularly valuable for individuals who may not qualify for traditional life insurance due to a medical exam or other reasons. It offers accessible coverage against accidental risks.

Accidental death and dismemberment vs. life insurance

AD&D insurance and life insurance serve different purposes. Life insurance provides coverage for various causes of death, including illness and natural causes, and is typically more comprehensive. It may, however, require a medical exam. AD&D insurance or an AD&D rider, on the other hand, focus exclusively on accidents and dismemberment, serving as a complement to a life insurance policy. This offers additional coverage in scenarios where accidents are the primary concern.

Accidental death and dismemberment FAQs

Let's explore some common questions and provide you with the answers you need to make informed decisions about AD&D insurance.