Uninsured motorist bodily injury coverage pays for medical care, loss of income, and funeral expenses after an accident where an uninsured driver is at fault. Uninsured motorist bodily injury insurance covers the policyholder, his or her family members, and passengers. Most policies even pay for an accident sustained when the policyholder is biking, walking, or in another person’s car.
In other words, uninsured motorist bodily injury (UMBI) insurance is essentially the reverse of your liability policy. Instead of buying coverage for damage that you cause, UMBI protects you when a driver who does not have liability insurance hits you.
Uninsured Motorist Bodily Injury Limits and Requirements
UMBI coverage limits are usually expressed as two figures, one for the maximum dollar amount of UMBI that your insurer will pay per person and the other for the maximum amount per accident. For example, a policy with UMBI limits of $10,000/$30,000 would have coverage up to $10,000 for one person’s injuries and up to $30,000 total for all injuries caused by one car accident.
UMBI coverage is required in less than half of states, but drivers can buy it in most states even if it is not mandatory. States with mandatory UMBI usually require limits equal to the state’s bodily injury liability coverage limits, since UMBI is meant to be a substitute for the at-fault driver’s liability insurance.
Uninsured Motorist Bodily Injury vs. Other Insurance
As a coverage option, UMBI somewhat overlaps with health insurance, disability insurance, MedPay, and PIP. However, UMBI often has higher limits than MedPay and PIP, and it does not require the copays or deductibles that come with health insurance.
Uninsured motorist bodily injury is also an inexpensive coverage option since it usually costs about 5% of your total annual premium.
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