In New York, drivers need $25,000 in bodily injury liability insurance per person ($50,000 per accident) and $10,000 in property damage liability insurance. New York drivers also need to purchase $50,000 per person ($100,000 per accident) in bodily injury liability insurance for death. This coverage applies specifically to accidents where the policyholder causes someone else’s death.
Besides liability insurance, New York law requires uninsured motorist protection, which replaces the liability coverage an at-fault driver should’ve had and pays for your medical bills up to your policy limits. New York drivers also need to buy personal injury protection, which pays for medical expenses for you and your passengers regardless of who was at-fault. MedPay, a similar type of coverage, is not available in New York.
How Much Car Insurance Drivers Need in New York
Car Insurance for a Leased or Financed Car in New York
If you lease or finance your car, you may be required to carry coverage types that are not mandatory under New York law.
Lenders usually require comprehensive and collision insurance. Collision insurance covers repairs to your car when you hit another car or object. If the damage to your vehicle was caused by something other than a collision—like a natural disaster, vandalism, falling objects, or animals—it is most likely covered by comprehensive insurance.
You might also have to get gap insurance, which covers the difference between what you owe on your loan and what the vehicle is worth at the time of a total loss.
Even if you’re not required to carry these optional coverage types, you may still need them. You can learn more about when to drop optional coverage and the penalties for driving without insurance in New York to make sure you’re paying for the coverage you need.
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