Yes, Mercury offers personal injury protection car insurance where required by state law. Personal injury protection (PIP) is a type of auto insurance that pays medical bills after an accident regardless of who was at fault, so it is often referred to as no-fault insurance. States with no-fault laws require drivers to carry PIP, and the coverage is optional in many other states.
Mercury PIP Insurance Can Cover:
Child care expenses
Nursing care, medical supplies, and prescriptions
The details of Mercury personal injury protection will depend on your state and policy. In some states, PIP will pay the majority of qualifying medical bills, but policyholders will need to pay out of pocket for a small percentage of their expenses. However, personal injury protection is still considered a good investment because using health insurance to cover car accident injuries usually involves more out-of-pocket expenses.
If you’ve been in a car accident and need to file a PIP claim with Mercury, you can file a claim by calling 800-503-3724. Coverage may also extend to your household members and passengers. For more information, check out WalletHub’s guide to personal injury protection.
Your insurance rate probably won’t go up if you use PIP coverage. Whether or not your insurance costs go up depends on who is at fault in the accident that leads to the use of PIP. When you are not at fault and you make a PIP claim, you will receive payment from either your insurance company or the other driver’s insurance, and your rate will not increase.… read full answer
However, if you are found to be at fault in an accident after which you use your PIP, your insurance rate will likely increase, in most states. This is because most insurance companies reassess policy holders’ records consistently to analyze risk. If you are involved in a car accident and you are found to be at fault, the insurance company will consider you a higher risk driver than before and will likely increase your premium as a result. The amount your rate might increase will mostly depend on your insurance company.
The best way to find cheap PIP insurance is to shop around and compare quotes from several insurers in your state. The personal risk factors that can affect how much you pay for PIP (personal injury protection) are the same ones that affect the pricing of any type of auto insurance. These include your claims history, credit history, location, driving record, age, and gender. As with all types of insurance, different insurance companies weigh each factor differently, resulting in a range of prices. That’s why you need to compare quotes to find cheap PIP insurance for your situation.… read full answer
However, the primary factors that can make PIP expensive are beyond your control. State law sets minimum and maximum coverage limits for PIP in your location, and that’s a huge part of determining premiums. For example, PIP will naturally be more expensive in a state that requires unlimited coverage for lifetime medical costs related to an accident than in one with low mandatory limits.
Another key factor that affects the cost of PIP insurance in some states is the prevalence of fraud. PIP is a common target of fraud, with people often faking accidents or falsifying medical claims to get payouts they don’t deserve. In states with a large amount of PIP fraud, like Florida and Michigan, the costs associated with that fraud get passed on to policyholders in the form of higher premiums.
Yes, Mercury offers rental car insurance. If you already have a personal auto policy with Mercury that includes liability, comprehensive, and collision coverage, this insurance will likely extend to cover your rental car. If you only have liability insurance with Mercury, physical damage to the rental vehicle will not be covered.… read full answer
You can talk to a Mercury customer service representative at 1 (800) 503-3724 to see if your personal policy will extend to your rental car. If you do not have sufficient coverage through Mercury to cover your rental car, you can purchase insurance from your rental car company, or see if it is offered by your credit card company.
Mercury Rental Car Coverage
Liability Insurance. Mercury liability insurance will usually extend to your rental as long as you are driving in the U.S. Your personal liability insurance will pay for others’ medical expenses and repairs to others’ property resulting from an accident you caused in your rental vehicle.
Collision and Comprehensive Insurance. If you have collision and comprehensive insurance with Mercury, this will typically cover any damage that occurs to the rental vehicle itself during your rental period. However, your Mercury collision and comprehensive coverage limits may not be high enoughif you are renting a car with a much higher value than your personal vehicle and the car gets totaled.
Personal Injury Protection or MedPay. If you have personal injury protection (PIP) or MedPay through your personal auto policy, medical expenses for you and your passengers will be covered even after a rental car accident. If you do not have either type of coverage, you can purchase personal accident insurance through the rental car company.
Mercury also offers rental car reimbursement coverage, which helps pay for the cost of a rental car while your personal vehicle is being repaired for a covered claim. If you add rental reimbursement to your policy, Mercury will pay between $30 and $100 per day toward the cost of your rental, up to 30 days. You select specific rental car reimbursement limits when you purchase the add-on. For example, if you choose $25 per day/$600 per loss as your rental reimbursement limits, Mercury will pay up to $25 per day, but no more than $600 per claim for your rental. Allstate also offers discounts from rental companies like Enterprise and Hertz to make your coverage stretch even further.
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