Alabama is not a no-fault state, meaning Alabama is actually an “at-fault” or “tort” state. Unlike no-fault states, Alabama does not require drivers to carry personal injury protection (PIP) insurance and does not limit their ability to sue others for injuries after a car accident.
Alabama car insurance laws require $25,000 of bodily injury liability coverage per person, up to $50,000 per accident, as well as $25,000 of property damage liability coverage.
Bodily injury liability insurance pays for any injuries that you accidentally cause with your car, while property damage liability coverage helps pay for any material assets that you damage while driving, like another person’s car or mailbox. Your insurance company pays up to the limit specified by your policy for each type of car insurance coverage.… read full answer
You can face multiple penalties if you’re caught driving without at least the minimum car insurance required in Alabama, including fines, license suspension, and imprisonment. Another important Alabama car insurance law to note is the grace period for new residents. You have 30 days to register your car when you move to Alabama. You’ll need to bring proof of Alabama car insurance when you go to register, with coverage in each of the categories listed below.
Minimum Coverage Required by Alabama Car Insurance Laws
Bodily injury liability: $25,000 per person / $50,000 accident
No, personal injury protection (PIP) is not required in Alabama. PIP is not even available in Alabama. Instead of PIP insurance, Alabama insurance companies offer medical payments insurance (sometimes called MedPay), which helps with hospital bills resulting from a car accident.
MedPay is similar to PIP insurance in that both handle your medical bills even if you cause a car accident. But MedPay covers less than personal injury protection, with no provisions for lost wages or assistance with home tasks that you can’t manage due to injury.… read full answer
Personal injury protection is a type of car insurance used in no-fault states, since it covers medical payments regardless of who caused an accident. Alabama is an at-fault state, which means at least one driver is found to be “at fault” after a collision. Due in part to the differences in car insurance laws, the average cost of insurance in Alabama – $858 – is relatively low compared to most PIP states and other non-PIP states.
Drivers in Alabama need $25,000 of bodily injury liability insurance per person (up to $50,000 per accident) and $25,000 of property damage liability insurance. Collision, comprehensive and gap insurance may also be required by a lender or lessor if your vehicle is financed.
In addition, an optional but recommended type of coverage in Alabama is … read full answeruninsured/underinsured motorist insurance. It replaces the liability coverage an at-fault driver should’ve had and pays for your costs up to your policy limits.
Here’s How Much Car Insurance Drivers Need in Alabama:
Minimum Coverage Limit
Bodily Injury Liability Coverage (per person)
Bodily Injury Liability Coverage (per accident)
Property Damage Liability
If you lease or finance your car, you may be required to carry coverage types that are not mandatory under Alabama law. Lenders or lessors 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. Lenders may also require gap insurance, which covers the difference between what you owe on your loan or lease and what the vehicle is worth if it has been stolen or totaled.
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