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.
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.
Filing a claim will increase car insurance premiums from 3% to 32% on average for three to five years in almost all cases. How much your rate goes up depends on several factors, like the claim type and amount, your insurance company, your claims history, your location, and whether or not you have accident forgiveness.… read full answer
The most significant factors affecting how much your rates go up after an accident are the claim type and amount. Accidents that you cause will raise your premium the most, especially if the damages are over $2,000. Although prices don’t jump as much when you’re not at fault or the incident was beyond your control, you’ll probably still see a rate increase.
Average Rate Increase
Bodily Injury, At-Fault
Property Damage, At-Fault (over $2,000)
Property Damage, At-Fault (under $2,000)
Comprehensive (over $2,000)
Comprehensive (under $2,000)
It may seem unfair, but insurance companies are within their rights to raise your rates after a claim, even if the accident was not your fault. Insurers charge based on risk, and statistics show that you’re more likely to make additional claims if you’ve recently filed one.
Some insurance companies charge more than others after not-at-fault accidents, though. Progressive charges the most, raising rates by more than 16% on average. State Farm, on the other hand, doesn’t increase prices if their customer is not at fault.
You will need personal injury protection (PIP) insurance if you live in one of the 12 states that require it. Florida, Hawaii, Kansas, Kentucky, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, New Jersey, New York, North Dakota, Pennsylvania, and Utah all require PIP insurance. You may also need PIP if your health insurance has low coverage limits or if you drive with passengers who could hold you responsible for their medical expenses in the event of an accident.… read full answer
In the 20 states (plus Washington, D.C.) where it is required or offered as optional protection, PIP covers medical expenses for the policyholder and his or her passengers after an accident, no matter who was at fault. However, PIP is not available at all in the 30 other states.
Always check with your insurance company or an agent for specifics on what coverage is required or available in your state before you determine what to include in your policy.
What Does PIP Cover?
Health insurance deductibles
Home care such as cleaning or child care
If you are in a car accident, PIP often works in conjunction with your health insurance coverage. Most health insurance deductibles must be paid before benefits start to be paid out, but your PIP may have a cheaper deductible, or no deductible at all.
How Does PIP Work With MedPay?
PIP insurance may overlap with another kind of car insurance known as Medical Payments, or MedPay. Like PIP, MedPay covers the costs of medical care resulting from of an accident, no matter who was at fault. Also like PIP, MedPay covers injuries to any passengers in your car. However, it does not pay for lost wages, rehabilitation or home-care services, which PIP would cover.
The way PIP and MedPay may work together depends on your state’s laws. If you live in one of the 12 states that require PIP, MedPay could be redundant. State limits on PIP vary widely, from $3,000 in Utah to New York’s $50,000 requirement. If your state has a low upper limit on PIP, MedPay coverage could act as a beneficial supplement. In a couple states – namely, Maine and New Hampshire – MedPay is used instead of PIP.
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.
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