Human Perils in Insurance

This type of peril is caused directly by a person(s) such as vandalism, regulation, poor design or production, theft, negligence, etc.

Human Perils

In general terms, a peril is defined as; exposure to danger or a hazard that could lead to loss, destruction, or injuries to another person or property.

Human perils are one of the three main types of perils, the other two are natural and economic perils, and all are frequently referred to within the insurance industry.

This type of peril is usually caused directly by a person/s or causes a higher chance of a loss due to a person or persons.

Some types of human perils include vandalism, theft, crime, and fidelity and types of property damage like poor design or production, arson, and vehicle damage.

See also an insurable interest.

Understand the Difference: Peril vs. Hazard


When the term peril is used, it refers to danger such as a fire or a liability accident like someone tripping on a loose wooden step. In contrast, Hazards are the conditions that make it possible for a peril to happen.


Hazards are the conditions that could lead to peril.

Hazards can occur in any action, habit, circumstance, condition, or situation that increases the possibility of perils or losses being suffered.

The different types of hazards are usually categorized into the following three sectors, physical, moral, and morale.

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