No, you do not need uninsured motorist property damage insurance in California – it is optional. California law requires car insurance companies to offer you $3,500 in uninsured motorist property damage (UMPD) coverage, but you can reject it.
Even though it’s not required, UMPD is a good investment for drivers who want to avoid paying out of pocket to fix their car after an accident caused by an uninsured or underinsured motorist. However, UMPD is similar to collision insurance, which pays to fix your car after any accident you’re in. So, if you already have collision coverage, you do not need UMPD.
No, you cannot insure or drive a car with a salvage title in California, as salvage-titled vehicles are cars that have been declared a total loss. You can get coverage on a previously salvaged car if you have it repaired and inspected by a state-certified mechanic. If it’s declared safe to drive, the DMV will issue the car a revived title.… read full answer
Several insurance companies, including Allstate and Geico, sell policies to vehicles with a revived title.
How to Register a Car with a Revived Title in California
Submit an Application for Title or Registration form to the California DMV
Provide proof of ownership
Provide a junk receipt issued by the DMV
Provide proof of an inspection
Provide brake and light adjustment certificates
Pay all applicable title and registration fees (can vary from case to case)
Insurance Limitations for Cars with Revived Titles in California
Keep in mind that some insurers will only sell liability insurance for a car with a revived title, meaning they won’t pay for any physical damage to the vehicle. Additionally, insurance for a car with a revived title may be more expensive than insurance for a standard vehicle.
No, uninsured motorist coverage is not required in California, as drivers can reject the coverage in writing. Still, insurance companies are required to offer at least $15,000 in uninsured motorist bodily injury coverage per person (up to $30,000 per accident), as well as $3,500 in uninsured motorist property damage insurance per accident.… read full answer
Additionally, drivers have the option to purchase $15,000 in underinsured motorist bodily injury coverage per person (up to $30,000 per accident), along with $3,500 in underinsured motorist property damage insurance per accident.
For California 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 California
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 California does not require uninsured and underinsured motorist coverage, you should still consider buying it. In California, an average of 15% of drivers on the road don’t have car insurance, which means there is a 1 in 7 chance that the other driver won’t have coverage if you get into an accident. Car accidents in California can be very expensive, too.
Key Facts About Uninsured Motorist Coverage in California:
Minimum Uninsured Motorist Bodily Injury: $15,000 per person and up to $30,000 per accident
Minimum Uninsured Motorist Property Damage: $3,500 per accident
Minimum Underinsured Motorist Bodily Injury: $15,000 per person and up to $30,000 per accident
If you’re in a car accident and the other driver has no insurance, then any medical bills or costs to repair your vehicle will need to be paid by your insurance company. This is usually done through uninsured motorist coverage, although collision insurance also covers certain costs. In addition, you might be able to sue the uninsured driver for damages. Some states make filing a lawsuit more difficult than others, though.… read full answer
Uninsured motorist (UM) coverage is required in 22 states, and drivers usually have to purchase an amount that’s equal to their basic liability coverage. UM will pay for all of your expenses up to your policy limits when you’re hit by an uninsured driver, from your vehicle repairs to your medical bills. Collision coverage can also protect you in these situations, since it covers repairs to your car after an accident. However, it does not cover medical expenses.
In addition to filing a claim with your insurance company, you might be able to sue the at-fault driver. However, if you live in a no-fault state, this might be difficult. No-fault states require your insurance to pay for your medical expenses after an accident, regardless of who caused it. In order to sue, you must have suffered a severe injury or significant financial loss, although the specific criteria vary between states. If you don’t live in a no-fault state, suing the other driver will be easier, although it might not be worth it. If a driver doesn’t have car insurance, they likely won’t have the resources to pay damages.
Even if the other driver doesn’t have insurance, you should still get their contact information after the accident in case your insurance company needs it. The driver might try to offer you money on the spot to cover your expenses and avoid being caught driving uninsured, but you shouldn’t take it. You can’t immediately know how much the damage is going to cost to repair, so you should still go through your insurance company. In addition, be sure to take photos of the accident scene and file a police report in order to make the claims process go smoothly.
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