Even though Kentucky only requires 25/50/25 in liability insurance, drivers should consider buying more coverage if they can afford it. If you cause an accident that results in damage beyond your policy limits, you will be personally responsible for paying the difference. And no matter what, you should be sure to fulfill the minimum Kentucky car insurance requirements to avoid facing consequences for driving without insurance.
Finally, drivers should also consider purchasing other types of car insurance in order to better protect themselves, given that liability insurance does not provide any coverage for the policyholder’s own injuries or property. For instance, collision insurance covers damage to the policyholder’s car regardless of fault. And comprehensive insurance pays if the policyholder’s vehicle is damaged by something besides an accident, like a natural disaster or vandalism.
You need enough liability insurance to cover the full value of your assets. Your bodily injury liability coverage should be as much as your net worth, while your property damage liability insurance can be slightly lower since property damage claims are usually less expensive. Purchasing enough liability insurance to cover the value of your assets protects you from financial ruin if you cause a serious car accident.… read full answer
When to Carry Only the Minimum Liability Coverage
Although almost every state requires drivers to carry liability insurance, the minimum coverage is not always enough to cover the cost of an accident. It’s always best to carry as much liability coverage as you can afford, especially if you have a high net worth.
If you don’t have many assets or think the risk is worth it, you might be comfortable with carrying only the minimum coverage. But no matter what, make sure you’re carrying enough insurance to comply with state law and avoid paying fines for driving uninsured.
Liability Limits on Auto Insurance
Liability limits on auto insurance are the maximum amount that your insurance company will pay for injuries and property damage in accidents that you cause. Liability limits are typically written as three numbers divided by slashes.
For example, Arizona’s liability coverage requirements are 50/30/10. That means drivers need to carry $50,000 in bodily injury liability coverage per person, $30,000 in bodily injury liability coverage per accident, and $10,000 in property damage liability coverage overall.
Why You Need More Liability Insurance Than the State Minimum
Your insurance company will never pay for anything beyond the limits of your policy. Using the Arizona example, if you cause an accident that leads to $70,000 in medical bills for the other driver, you will have to pay for $40,000 if you are only carrying the minimum insurance required. And if you can’t afford to pay the full amount, the other driver can sue, and you can have your assets seized or wages garnished to cover the remainder.
No, uninsured motorist coverage is not required in Kentucky, as drivers can reject the coverage in writing. Still, insurance companies are required to offer at least $25,000 in uninsured motorist bodily injury coverage per person (up to $50,000 per accident).
Additionally, drivers have the option to purchase $25,000 in underinsured motorist bodily injury coverage per person (up to $50,000 per accident).… read full answer
For Kentucky drivers who do not opt out by rejecting the coverage in writing, uninsured/underinsured motorist coverage helps pay for a car accident in which the other driver doesn’t have car insurance, or doesn’t have enough coverage for the damage they caused.
Why You Should Get Uninsured Motorist Coverage in Kentucky
Normally, an at-fault driver’s insurance helps pay for any damage after an accident. However, if the other driver doesn’t have any – or enough – coverage, it can be time-consuming and difficult to sue them for funds to cover any medical or repair bills. That’s where this optional insurance coverage can help you save time and money.
Even though Kentucky does not require uninsured and underinsured motorist coverage, you should still consider buying it. In Kentucky, an average of 12% of drivers on the road don’t have car insurance. Car accidents in Kentucky can be very expensive, too.
Key Facts About Uninsured Motorist Coverage in Kentucky:
Minimum Uninsured Motorist Bodily Injury: $25,000 per person and up to $50,000 per accident
Minimum Underinsured Motorist Bodily Injury: $25,000 per person and up to $50,000 per accident
No, personal injury protection (PIP) is not required in Kentucky, because drivers who opt-out of the state’s no-fault system do not need to purchase it. However, Kentucky drivers who agree to the no-fault system need at least $10,000 of PIP coverage for medical expenses, lost wages and certain related costs.
Drivers who agree to Kentucky’s no-fault system are required to have PIP because they are restricted in terms of when they can sue another driver for compensation after an accident. That means PIP coverage is their first line of defense if they face hospital bills or a long recovery from an injury. On the other hand, Kentucky drivers who opt-out of the no-fault system can reject PIP insurance and maintain their right to sue or be sued.
PIP Insurance in Kentucky at a Glance
PIP is required for drivers who accept no-fault insurance
Minimum PIP coverage
At least $10,000 of PIP coverage for drivers who accept no-fault insurance
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