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Understanding Automobile Insurance Laws | Back to Automobile Insurance

The no-fault potion of your coverage pertains to bodily injuries, which means that in the event of an accident, each party is responsible for their own medical bills and other costs related to the injuries sustained in the accident. As a result, your abilities to sue the other party for damages are limited.

Automobile insurance laws also require all drivers to carry Property Damage Liability and Personal Injury Protection (PIP) coverage.

Property damage liability covers the damage you cause to another person's property. You must carry a minimum of $10,000 in coverage.

PIP covers your injury-related expenses, regardless of who was at fault in the accident. Covered benefits include some compensation for necessary medical expenses, lost wages, lost services, and funeral expenses. $10,000 worth of PIP is mandatory, although you may be able to increase your benefits by purchasing increased limits. Some drivers may choose to decrease their premiums by applying a deductible to their PIP coverage or by excluding the loss of wages benefit.

Auto insurance laws may also require that certain drivers carry Bodily Injury Liability. This coverage helps pay for the cost of injuries you cause to another in an auto accident. Drivers with previous accidents or violations may be required to carry this type of coverage.

Bodily injury liability coverage carries a minimum limit of 10/20; which means $10,000 per person for injuries you cause to the other party, up to $20,000 in total.) However, these are only minimums, and higher limits are recommended. Drivers who aren't required by law to purchase BIL are strongly urged to consider doing so for their own financial protection.

Auto insurance companies will also offer optional coverages such as collision, comprehensive, and uninsured and underinsured motorists coverage.

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