Each state in the U.S. has its own minimum requirements for car insurance coverage. Common types of coverage include liability insurance, which covers the other party’s expenses if you’re at fault, and personal injury protection (PIP) or medical payments coverage, which can help with medical expenses for you and your passengers.
This type of insurance is typically required and covers the costs associated with injuries and property damage that you are legally responsible for in an accident. It doesn’t cover your own injuries or vehicle damage.
Uninsured/Underinsured Motorist Coverage:
This coverage protects you if you’re involved in an accident with a driver who doesn’t have insurance or doesn’t have enough insurance to cover your damages.
This optional coverage helps pay for repairs to your own car in the event of an accident, regardless of who is at fault.
This optional coverage helps cover damages to your car caused by events other than a collision, such as theft, vandalism, or natural disasters.
Personal Injury Protection (PIP):
PIP covers medical expenses and, in some cases, lost wages for you and your passengers, regardless of who is at fault in an accident.
When you make a claim, you may be required to pay a deductible before your insurance coverage kicks in. Higher deductibles often result in lower premium costs.
Your insurance premium is the amount you pay for your insurance coverage. It can be affected by various factors, including your driving history, the type of coverage you choose, and your location.
In the event of an accident, you’ll need to file a claim with your insurance company. This typically involves providing details about the accident, obtaining a police report, and working with the insurance adjuster to assess damages.
Some states follow a no-fault insurance system, which means that each driver’s insurance covers their own medical expenses, regardless of who is at fault in the accident.