All drivers in the state are required to have car insurance with at least the minimum amounts of coverage. The minimum requirements are:
- $25,000 for bodily injury per person
- $50,000 for bodily injury per accident
- $20,000 for property damage per accident.
The damages suffered in a car accident can easily exceed those amounts, however. That’s why it’s a good idea to buy insurance coverage with higher liability limits. Otherwise, you may have to pay for damages out of your own pocket.
There are also several types of optional coverage you can buy that provide further protection. These include:
- Uninsured/Underinsured Motorist (UM/UIM) – This coverage will pay for damages if you are injured in a car accident caused by a driver who does not have insurance – or who does not have enough insurance to cover those damages. It also can be used if you are injured by a hit-and-run driver.
- Medical Payments (MedPay) – This can help pay for medical expenses for treating injuries suffered in a crash.
- Collision – This coverage pays for damage to your vehicle from the accident.
- Comprehensive – This coverage pays for damages to your vehicle from other causes, including wind, fire, flood, or vandalism.