Last Updated: July 16th, 2019 at 2:14 pm
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Insurance Minimums in FloridaFlorida law requires residents of the state to have car insurance at all times if they will be driving a vehicle. Every driver is required to purchase the minimum coverage amounts for both personal injury protection (PIP) insurance and property damage liability (PDL) car insurance. Remember – Florida is a no-fault insurance state. This means that if you are injured in an accident, your car insurance should pay your medical costs up to your policy’s limits, regardless of who caused the accident. The minimum limits for Florida car insurance are:
- $10,000 of no-fault or personal injury protection (PIP) insurance.
- $10,000 of property damage liability (PDL) insurance.
- Bodily Injury Liability
- Towing and labor
- Rental car coverage
What Is Covered in a Basic Auto Insurance Policy?Before deciding the best option for you and your needs, be sure to do extensive research on all of the options available. Look into which types of coverage are required, and how different forms of coverage work. Remember that the policy you choose will cover you, the licensed members of your household who are listed on the policy, and normally any others you give permission to drive your car. Make sure you meet your state’s car insurance requirements as well. Almost every state requires by law that all drivers carry a minimum amount of auto insurance to cover damages or injuries caused by you or your car in the event of an accident. When you’re reviewing your policy, whether before an accident occurred or after one, there are six basic types of coverage you might come across in your policy: bodily injury liability, personal injury protection, property damage liability, collision coverage, comprehensive coverage, and uninsured/underinsured motorist coverage.
Bodily Injury LiabilityBodily injury liability covers the medical expenses of someone you or a household family member injure in a crash. The policy should also cover drivers who use your vehicle with permission and injure someone else. The insurance company will pay for injuries up to the policy limits. If you are sued, your automobile insurance company will provide legal representation for you.
Personal Injury ProtectionIn Florida, drivers are required to carry a minimum $10,000 in personal injury protection (PIP). PIP is also known as “no fault” insurance as it covers medical costs after an accident, regardless of who was at fault for the crash. Broadly speaking, PIP will cover medical bills, lost wages, and other expenses incurred as a result of the accident. In order to qualify for PIP, you must seek medical treatment within 14 days of the accident.
Property Damage LiabilityProperty damage liability covers damage you, or someone driving your vehicle, caused to someone else’s property, such as their vehicle, home fence, business, etc.
CollisionIf you’re in an accident with another vehicle or hit a fixed object, such as a light post, collision coverage can help pay to repair or replace the vehicle after you pay your deductible. Collision coverage is not always required.
ComprehensiveComprehensive coverage can help cover your vehicle for damages that aren’t caused by a collision such as fire, theft, natural disasters, falling objects, or vandalism. You will have to pay a deductible before the insurer reimburses you for a covered claim. Comprehensive coverage is also not required but can be very beneficial.
Uninsured/UnderinsuredIf you, a member of your family, or a designated driver is in an accident with an uninsured driver or a driver who flees the scene, uninsured motorist coverage can help pay for your losses. Underinsured coverage can be helpful when an at-fault driver has insufficient insurance to pay for your total loss. Underinsured/uninsured coverage may also apply if you are involved in a crash as a pedestrian.
What does full coverage car insurance cover?"Full coverage" is a phrase used to describe an auto insurance policy that includes liability, comprehensive coverage, and collision. This covers the three major types of loss that might occur when using your vehicle. There are no actual policies called "full coverage."
Collision vs. Comprehensive CoverageCollision and comprehensive insurance are both types of auto insurance which the insurer pays for vehicle repairs. While there are many different types of auto insurance coverage, collision and comprehensive are two of the most common. Comprehensive insurance – Comprehensive insurance covers damages from an “act of God,” including accidents such as a heavy tree branch falling on the car, or a hurricane causing flood damage. Types of damages covered under comprehensive auto insurance include:
- Natural disasters: storms, tornadoes, hurricanes, earthquakes, hailstorms.
- Fire, civil commotions, explosions.
- Vandalism and theft.
- Damage from impacts with animals, such as a deer. Note: a crash from swerving to avoid animals will likely fall under collision.
- Broken or shattered windows and windshield.
- Falling objects.
- Crashing into another car, or another car crashing into you while you're parked.
- Driving into a stationary object, such as a tree, streetlight, or pole.
- Crashing into a ditch or a pothole.
- Car flipping over.
- A hit-and-run, if you can't use uninsured motorist coverage.
Car Insurance ExtrasAlong with the basic coverage options, your policy may list some extras that come in handy in an emergency, such as tow truck services after a car crash.
Rental ReimbursementThis can help you pay for a rental car if your vehicle is being repaired after a crash covered under your policy.
Roadside AssistanceWhether your battery died, you have a flat tire, or your car needs to be towed to a repair shop, roadside assistance can help offset some of these costs.
Gap InsuranceIf you don’t own your vehicle and have an accident, gap insurance can pay the difference between the value of the vehicle and your outstanding balance on a loan or lease.
Windshield RepairIf you have only the bare minimum in Florida, you may want to consider windshield repair or comprehensive coverage. Under comprehensive coverage, policyholders can get their windshields replaced with zero deductible (Florida Statute 627.7288). The typical components of a car insurance policy can help protect you and your vehicle. But don’t wait until you’re in an accident to find out what is covered under your plan. Always review your plan and determine if you need to switch insurers or buy more coverage. If you have been involved in a crash, you should immediately contact an attorney. Car crash lawyers at Weinstein Legal, can help determine what is covered under your policy and successfully obtain the compensation you deserve.
Get a free evaluation of your car insurance policyNot sure what's covered by your auto policy? Know BEFORE you need to, and equip yourself with the knowledge you need to make a smart decision about your insurance coverage.
What's Included in My Insurance Evaluation?During your consultation, attorneys at Weinstein Legal will review the declarations page of your auto insurance policy, and help to answer questions like:
- Does my car insurance cover theft?
- Will your policy cover vandalism?
- Are you covered for flood damage?
- Does my insurance cover rental cars?
- Is my child covered under my car insurance?
- Does my car insurance cover hurricane damage?
- Are repairs covered under your policy?
- Does my policy cover scratches?
- Will your auto insurance cover hail damage?
- Are other drivers covered?
- Does your auto insurance cover a cracked windshield?
- Will my insurance cover towing?
- Is water damage covered by your policy?
- Does my auto policy cover natural disasters?
- Is my boat trailer covered by my insurance?
- Are car seats covered under my policy?
- Does my car insurance cover fallen trees?
- Will I be covered for hitting a deer?
- Are medical expenses covered by my car insurance?
- Does my car insurance cover me in a different state?
- If someone keys your car, does insurance cover it?
- Is your car bumper covered under insurance?