How to Claim Bike Insurance

A comprehensive guide on the bike insurance claim process. Know what documents are required to claim bike insurance and how to proceed.
How to Claim Bike Insurance
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Bike insurance is an essential component of responsible and safe motorcycling in India. Additionally, understanding how to claim bike insurance is crucial to ensure that you can smoothly avail financial coverage in case of an unfortunate event. This article delves into the details of claiming two wheeler insurance, covering various aspects such as different types of claims, the insurance process in India, and more.

Different types of two-wheeler insurance claims

Bike insurance claims can be broadly classified into two main categories: third-party liability claims and own damage claims. Let us take a closer look at each:

Third-party liability claims

Third-party liability claims arise when you, as a bike owner, cause damage or injury to a third party, such as another vehicle or pedestrian. In this case, the injured party can claim against your insurance policy.

To make a third-party liability claim, the affected party should report the incident to the nearest police station and inform the insurance company about the accident.

Own damage claims

Own damage claims cover the loss or damage to your bike due to various factors, including accidents, natural disasters, theft, or vandalism. These claims are often categorised into two sub-types: comprehensive insurance claims and standalone own damage  bike insurance claims.

Comprehensive insurance claims cover both third-party liability and own damage, while standalone damage claims focus solely on the damage to your bike.

You can claim own damage insurance when your bike is damaged or stolen. To do this, follow the process outlined below.

What is the bike insurance process in India?

Before we dive into the nitty-gritty of how to claim bike insurance, it is essential to understand the overall insurance process in India:

Purchasing bike insurance:

When you buy a new bike or renew your insurance, you can choose between two types of policies: third-party liability insurance and comprehensive bike insurance. It is highly recommended to opt for comprehensive insurance as it provides more extensive coverage.

Policy documentation:

After purchasing an insurance policy, you will receive a policy document. This document will include all the terms and conditions, coverage details, and premium payment schedule.

Premium payment:

Ensure you pay your insurance premium on time to keep your coverage active. Timely premium payment is essential to avoid policy lapses.

Insurance renewal:

Bike insurance policies have a limited validity period, typically one year. It is your responsibility to renew your policy before it expires to ensure continuous coverage.

How to apply for a bike insurance claim?

Claiming your bike insurance is a simple process. Here’s what you need to do to claim bike insurance.

Immediate actions after an accident:

In the event of an accident or damage to your bike, report the incident to the local authorities, such as the police. File a first information report (FIR) and click photographs or take a video of the damages incurred for evidence.

Inform your insurance company:

As soon as possible, contact your insurance provider to report the incident and initiate the claim process. Most insurance companies have a dedicated helpline or customer support for claims.

Lodge an FIR:

If the incident involves theft, vandalism, or a major accident, you should file a First Information Report (FIR) at the nearest police station. The FIR is a crucial document required for your claim.

Assessment by the insurance company:

Once you report the incident, the insurance company will assign an investigator to assess the extent of damage or loss to your bike.

Repair or replacement:

If your claim gets approved, you can choose to get your bike repaired at the insurer’s network garage and get a cashless claim settlement or opt for reimbursement. In case of reimbursement, you can repair your bike at any of your preferred garages and pay the bills. In the case of a total loss, you will receive the insured sum for your bike.


Ensure you keep all documentation related to the incident, such as the FIR, claim form, repair bills, and any other relevant documents. In the case of a reimbursement claim, you need to submit all the documents to the insurer. Whereas in the cashless claim settlement process, the network garage will directly deal with the insurer for documentation purposes.

What documents are required for a bike insurance claim?

To successfully claim your bike insurance, you need to provide specific documents. Here's a checklist of essential documents for different types of claims:

Third-party liability claim:

  • FIR (First Information Report)
  • Copy of your insurance policy
  • Details of the third party involved
  • Police investigation report, if available

Own damage claim:

  • FIR (in case of theft or major accidents)
  • Copy of your insurance policy
  • Duly filled claim form
  • Estimate of repair costs from the garage
  • Original repair bills and receipts
  • Photos of the damaged bike
  • Proof of identity and address (driving licence, Aadhaar card, etc.)
  • Any other documents as requested by your insurance company

Theft claim:

  • FIR (mandatory for theft claims)
  • Original bike keys and documents
  • Copy of the policy document
  • Duly filled claim form
  • Acknowledgement of the complaint made to the police

It is crucial to provide accurate and complete documentation to expedite the claim process. Any discrepancies or missing documents can lead to delays in claim settlement.

Knowing how to claim bike insurance is vital for every two-wheeler owner in India. By understanding the different types of claims, the insurance process, and the required documentation, you can navigate the process with confidence. Keep in mind that prompt reporting of incidents and adherence to the insurance company's guidelines are key to a successful claim experience. Bike insurance not only ensures financial protection but also offers peace of mind while you explore the roads on your two-wheeler.


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