No. Alabama has what’s known as an at-fault car insurance system. This is very important because this system determines who’s legally responsible for financially compensating anyone injured in a motor vehicle accident caused by someone else.
Because Alabama has a fault-based insurance system, the at-fault driver’s insurance company is generally responsible for paying injury victims the money they deserve for all their accident-related related expenses.
Alabama is also a contributory negligence state. That means if you are even partially at fault for the accident, you can’t recover compensation at all. In many other states, you can still claim a reduced percentage of compensation for your injuries, but in Alabama, with very few exceptions, it’s all or nothing. That’s one of the reasons it’s so important to have an experienced attorney.
What type of car insurance is required in Alabama?
Alabama requires all drivers licensed in the state to have a minimum amount of car insurance. The minimum car insurance requirements in Alabama include:
- $25,000 per accident for property damage
- $25,000 per person for bodily injury
- $50,000 per accident for bodily injury
This might seem like a lot of money. But in many cases, serious car accident claims add up to a lot more money. That’s why it’s important for anyone injured in a motor vehicle accident in Alabama to talk to a lawyer to learn more about their legal options right away.
What optional car insurance is available in Alabama?
Along with the standard minimum car insurance required in Alabama, drivers can choose to get additional car insurance coverage, including:
- Collision coverage, which pays for vehicle repair after an accident, regardless of fault. Collision is optional under Alabama law but it’s usually required by the lienholder if your vehicle is financed.
- Comprehensive insurance coverage, which covers non-collision vehicle damage such as fire, vandalism, theft, or natural disasters. Again, this is usually required for financed vehicles.
- Medical payment insurance (MedPay), which helps pay for medical bills due to injuries sustained by the policyholder, other named drivers, and passengers in a car accident, regardless of fault.
- Uninsured motorist insurance coverage, which stands in for the other driver’s insurance if you are hit by an uninsured driver. Uninsured motorist coverage may also apply to hit-and-run accidents where the at-fault driver is never found.
- Underinsured motorist insurance, which covers accident expenses in the event of an accident caused by an underinsured driver – that is, a driver who has some insurance but not enough to cover all your damages.
- Roadside assistance insurance, which pays for roadside expenses sustained immediately after an accident, such as towing costs, flat tire repairs and car battery replacement costs.