All drivers must have car insurance under state law. Their policies must have coverage with minimum liability limits of 30/60/10. That means:
- $30,000 for bodily injury per person
- $60,000 for total bodily injury per accident
- $10,000 for property damage per accident.
In addition, all drivers must have Personal Injury Protection (PIP) coverage. This coverage provides compensation for medical expenses, lost wages, and other related costs related to an accident. The minimum requirements are $40,000 per person ($20,000 for medical expenses and $20,000 for other expenses).
Drivers are also required to carry uninsured/underinsured motorist coverage (UM/UIM). This coverage provides compensation for medical expenses if you are hit by a driver who doesn’t have insurance, or doesn’t have enough insurance. The minimum liability limits are:
- $25,000 for bodily injury per person
- $50,000 for bodily injury per accident.
Total damages in an accident can easily exceed the minimum amounts of required coverage, so all drivers should consider buying policies with higher liability limits.
There are also other types of optional coverage that are available, including:
- Comprehensive: This coverage provides protection for damage to your vehicle from events such as theft, fire, or natural disasters.
- Collision: This pays for damage to your vehicle from the accident.