If you cause an accident and the other driver or their passenger is injured, your bodily injury liability insurance can help cover you against their claim for medical and rehabilitation costs, along with legal defense if you’re sued.
Your coverage helps protect you—the insured policyholder—if the other party’s insurance company pursues you for payment following an accident they believe you were responsible for. Common types of expenses that an injured person might try to claim against you include:
Bodily injury liability doesn’t cover the following in an accident you cause:
It helps to consider the following types of coverages—which can supplement bodily injury liability—to keep you, your passengers, and your vehicle protected in most incidents:
Most states require a minimum amount of bodily injury liability coverage. The amount of bodily injury liability insurance you’re required to hold as a car owner depends on where you live and where your vehicle is registered.
The first two of the three coverage limit numbers listed within your insurance documentation indicate the limit of your bodily injury insurance.
For example, the insurance requirements in Wisconsin are 25/50/10. This means:
If you aren’t comfortable holding only your state’s minimum requirement, you can always increase your coverage limits. Talk to your insurance provider to learn more about adjusting your liability limits.
Like other types of auto insurance, the amount you pay for your bodily injury liability coverage depends on several factors, including:
Current pricing for bodily injury liability coverage varies by state, even when many other factors are similar. To give you an idea of this variance, let’s say the same hypothetical driver receives a quote for bodily injury liability coverage in three states. Their age, driving history, credit score, and other factors are the same in all three cases, but their quotes could come back as:
Keep in mind that these rates apply to bodily injury liability coverage alone, and don’t include property damage coverage. Also, these quotes are hypothetical, based on state- and industry-specific pricing trends.
Liability and bodily injury liability coverages are more related than they are different. Bodily injury is a type of liability coverage.
When you purchase an auto liability insurance policy, it includes two types of coverage: bodily injury liability coverage—which applies when other drivers, passengers, or pedestrians are injured in an accident you cause—and property damage liability, which helps pay for damage to those individuals’ property following a covered accident.
Bodily injury liability helps cover you for damages another party can legally claim against you for injuries they sustain in accidents you cause. Medical payments coverage, on the other hand, is in place to help pay for medical expenses related to injuries you or your passengers’ sustain, regardless of who’s at fault in the accident.
As we noted above, bodily injury liability is almost always required, whereas medical payments coverage is typically optional.
Contact us to discuss adding medical payment coverage or other auto coverages to your policy.
Here are the steps you can expect to take:
Yes, you most likely need both types of liability coverage. Most states require you to carry auto liability insurance, which generally includes both bodily injury and property damage liability coverages. Review your state auto insurance requirements to determine whether you need liability coverage.
That depends on where you live. Like many types of auto coverage, minimum coverage requirements for bodily injury liability insurance vary by state. Check your state auto insurance requirements or get in touch with us to learn more.
It depends on how your car was damaged. If another driver was at fault, you can file a claim with their insurance company to help pay for the damage to your vehicle. If not, you’ll likely need to pay out of pocket and replace your car yourself.
Bodily injury liability coverage will pay for other individuals’ injuries and related expenses up to the limits on your policy. Your state establishes the minimum amounts of coverage you need to carry on a per-person and per-accident basis, but you can increase that amount by purchasing more coverage. If the costs related to the accident exceed your coverage amounts, you’ll likely need to pay out of pocket.
Learning beyond liability can help you further protect you and your vehicle. Here are the differences between comprehensive and collision coverage to help you with your coverage considerations.
Other drivers and their coverages—or lack thereof—can be an important factor in your decision about auto insurance. Uninsured/underinsured motorist coverage can help.The general information in this blog is for informational or entertainment purposes only. View our blog disclaimer.