All risks

A term describing a property insurance covering any fortuitous loss or damage that is not specifically excluded. This contrasts with a policy covering physical loss or damage caused by a named peril, e.g. fire. The ‘all risks’ exclusions relate to inevitable forms of loss, such as depreciation and wear and tear, and other losses due to gradually operating causes. ‘All risks’ cover is available for personal possessions, cameras, jewellery, industrial equipment and goods in transit, and applies to Institute Cargo Clauses A. Under household and commercial policies on buildings and contents, and cover on motor vehicles, the term has given way to ‘accidental loss or damage’ as a means of going beyond named perils cover.