You are driving and suddenly “CRASH” is the sound you hear. A car accident has just occurred. People are injured and property damages are in plain view. Law Enforcement arrives on the scene. What happens next? In order to get a better understanding of what happens next at the scene of the accident, it is important to understand the effects of having car insurance in Florida.
If you have a motor vehicle that’s registered in the state of Florida, you are required to have certain car insurance coverages.
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What is a car insurance minimum?
In the State of Florida, every driver is required to have car insurance. Furthermore, in order to legally operate a motor vehicle, every driver is required to have car insurance coverage for a minimum coverage amount. According to the Florida Department of Transportation, if you are a driver and a legal resident of Florida, you are required to have car insurance and an insurance coverage with a minimum amount of $10,000 for each of the following insurances:
- Personal Injury Protection Insurance (PIP) and
- Property Damage Liability Insurance (PDL).
Personal Injury Protection Insurance Coverage
Personal Injury Protection Insurance (PIP) covers [reasonable] medical costs for you. PIP applies whether you are the cause of an accident or not. In addition, PIP’s coverage extends to others as well.
PIP’s coverage applies to:
- Drivers/passengers who are relatives in your home,
- Drivers who drive your car with your consent,
- Particular passengers who do not own a vehicle
and the extension of coverage might be applicable to
Property Damage Liability Insurance Coverage
If you are at-fault in an accident, Property Damage Liability Insurance Coverage (PDL) covers property that you damage while driving.
PDL’s extent of coverage applies to:
- You; even if you were driving someone else’s vehicle
- Relatives in your home who drive your car
and it might be applicable to
- Someone who uses your vehicle with your consent
Although PIP and PDL are the two insurance coverages required in the State of Florida, you may find that different states might require different coverages. PIP and PDL insurance coverages are not required in every state. Each state has its own insurance minimum requirement. Additional insurance coverages that are merely optional for a Floridian might be a required coverage in another state.
For example, Bodily Injury Liability Insurance (BIL) is an insurance that is required in certain states. BIL covers injuries to people if they are injured or killed in a car accident. However, as of now, BIL insurance is not required in the State of Florida.
But, earlier this year in April 2017, Senate Bill 1766 was proposed in the State of Florida to require a different car insurance coverage to replace, at least, the PIP car insurance requirement. The bill proposed to exclude PIP insurance and to require BIL insurance instead in the State of Florida. However, on May 5, 2017, the bill Died in Appropriations. According to the National Conference of State Legislatures, when a bill dies in appropriations, that means the bill died because it was not passed and approved for financial reasons. Based on the intent of the proposed bill, the State of Florida has indicated that they have considered amending the current car insurance requirements.
Therefore, if you are in a car accident, it is important to have car insurance. Being in a car accident alone can be unfortunate, but it becomes more problematic if an uninsured driver is involved. Thus, having the proper car insurance minimum will be to your advantage.
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