Maryland Car Insurance Laws

Auto insurance requirements in Maryland

Drivers in Maryland must maintain a certain amount of car insurance coverage in order to remain legal. Furthermore, proof of this coverage must be carried with you while driving and shown at the request of law enforcement officials. Keep reading to find out which insurance coverages are required and which are optional in the state of Maryland.

Minimum Liability Coverage: 30/60/15
Uninsured/underinsured motorist protectionPersonal Injury Protection (PIP)
  • $30,000 for bodily injury per person
  • $60,000 for bodily injury per accident
  • $15,000 for property damage per accident
  • $30,000 for bodily injury per person
  • $60,000 for bodily injury per accident
  • $15,000 for property damage per accident
  • $2,500 per person


Bear in mind that your lienholder or leasing company could require physical damage coverage — also known as full coverage — as a way of protecting their investment.

 

Uninsured and underinsured motorist coverage in Maryland

Uninsured/underinsured motorist coverage goes toward protecting you in the event that you are in an accident caused by a driver who does not have any — or at least not enough — insurance coverage. Limits are the same as those for liability, which can be helpful if you are injured. Maryland is rather unique in that it also requires uninsured motorist property damage coverage (UMPD) that goes toward covering damages to your vehicle.

 

Personal injury protection (PIP) in Maryland

PIP coverage helps cover medical expenses incurred by you or your passengers in the event of an accident. This coverage is applied regardless of who is at fault in the accident.

 

Liability insurance coverage in Maryland

Liability insurance coverage is legally required in Maryland. This coverage pays for injuries, lost wages, and pain and suffering that you cause to another driver or their passengers in an accident. This coverage also covers damage to the other driver’s vehicle as well. Remember that your liability coverage never pays for your injuries or physical damage to your vehicle.

The coverage limits are determined by each individual state and split into three different categories. Maryland’s minimum liability insurance is listed as 30/60/15. These limits are explained in greater detail below.

 

What are state-mandated car insurance limits?

Put simply, the limits are the most that your car insurance company will pay in the event of a claim. Maryland's limits reflect the minimum amount of coverage that you can have and still be considered a legal driver. Have a look at the breakdown of liability coverage limits below: 

  • $30,000 in bodily injury coverage per person reflects the maximum dollar amount paid out for a single person you injure in an at-fault auto accident.
  • $60,000 in bodily injury coverage per accident is the total amount that your insurer will pay to cover injuries you cause in an accident if more than one person is hurt.
  • $15,000 in property damage per accident is the maximum amount your insurer will pay for physical damage you cause in an accident.

Maryland’s minimum amount of uninsured/underinsured is identical to liability in the amounts required, as seen below. 

  • Bodily injury: $30,000 per person
  • Bodily injury: $60,000 per accident
  • Property damage: $15,000 per accident

 

Do Maryland’s required minimums provide enough coverage?

On average, Maryland’s minimum insurance requirements are more robust than in many states. The inclusion of uninsured/underinsured motorist coverage alone sets them apart from most other states. However, it’s important to remember that your vehicle is an investment. If you want to protect your investment, it’s a good idea to add physical damage coverage.

Furthermore, it’s always a good idea to increase your liability limits to further protect you and your assets. Even moderate injuries can exhaust your limits quickly, leaving you on the hook to cover the rest. 

 

Maryland’s penalties for driving without proof of insurance

Maryland takes its insurance laws seriously. If you are caught driving without insurance in the state of Maryland, you can expect the following penalties: 

  • Fine of up to $1,000
  • Imprisonment up to one year
  • License plates confiscated
  • Uninsured motorist penalties for each lapse of insurance coverage: $150 for the first 30 days and $7 for every day after

 

Optional car insurance coverage in Maryland

Maryland requires more insurance coverage than many states, but that doesn’t always mean that you’re adequately covered. Consider the following popular types of coverage for further protection.

  • Comprehensive: This option covers damage to your car as a result of weather events, theft, and non-collision damage (though it does actually cover collisions with animals).
  • Collision: Collision coverage pays for damages resulting from colliding with another vehicle or fixed object. This coverage pays regardless of who is at fault.
  • Loan/Lease Payoff: For those financing a vehicle, this can be a great coverage option. If you have a wreck and your car is totaled, it pays the difference between the actual cash value — the value of your car factoring in depreciation — and what is still owed on the loan.
  • Rental Car Reimbursement: This coverage helps cover the cost of a rental car if your vehicle is inoperable. Limits vary by plan and by company.
  • Roadside Assistance: This is a great coverage to have if you find yourself broken down. Oftentimes, it can cover towing costs, fixes for flat tires, and dead batteries. 

 

Why adhering to Maryland’s car insurance requirements is important

Not only is having car insurance a legal requirement, but it’s also a great way of protecting you and your assets. Adding extra coverage or increasing the limits on liability is a great way to increase this protection. If the cost of extra coverage is something that you are worried about, it may be time to start shopping around. The Zebra can help by providing side by side quote comparisons from many of the top insurance companies.

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As a licensed insurance agent, Ross is responsible for researching and writing about all matters related to auto and home insurance. He has a background in writing and education, as well as a master's degree from Royal Holloway, University of London. He has been quoted by Kin Insurance, Safety.com, and autoinsuranceEZ.com.