Across the Sunshine State, there are 267,793 miles of road just waiting to be driven. We’ll get you prepped, then you take the wheel.
Liability coverage is legally required in Florida and pays for damage to the other driver’s vehicle in the event that you are considered “at fault” in an accident under the property damage portion of your policy. Although bodily injury coverage can technically be rejected, it is normally considered vital to a basic policy to pay for injury that you may cause to another driver or their passengers should you be considered “at fault” in an accident. The coverage limits are determined by each individual state and normally split into three categories. In Florida, the minimum is listed as 10/20/10 and explained below:
$10,000 bodily injury coverage per person. This is the maximum dollar amount that pays for a single person that you injure in an auto accident.
$20,000 bodily injury coverage per accident. This is the maximum dollar amount that pays for all injuries that you cause in an accident if more than one person is hurt.
$10,000 property damage per accident. This is the maximum dollar amount that pays for damage that you cause in an accident.
Personal Injury Protection of $10,000 per person is required in Florida and will cover up to 80% of medical costs and up to 60% of work loss if you are injured in an accident and are not able to work. Even things like laundry and maid services can be covered under your PIP coverage if you are unable to perform day-to-day tasks and this also extends to members of your household.
Although Florida is a “no-fault” state, drivers can be sued for severe injury, permanent disfigurement, or death that they cause in the event of an accident. Drivers can protect themselves from these lawsuits by choosing bodily injury liability coverage to meet their needs.
These numbers reflect the minimum limits required in Florida but higher coverage amounts are available with most companies.
Put simply, a no-fault insurance laws system requires that drivers carry their own protection. When an accident happens, no matter who is at fault, your own insurance foots the bill. Each driver takes care of his or herself, and theoretically, the chances of someone suing or raising a hissy fit over culpability are lessened. And bonus? It guarantees every driver immediate medical treatment in the event of an accident.
If you happen to find yourself pulled over by a police officer in Florida you won't have to rifle through your glovebox wondering if you remembered to replace that expired insurance card last month. Instead, you can provide proof of coverage with your smartphone.
|Rank||City||Avg. Annual Premium|
|6||West Palm Beach||$2,652|
|20||Port St. Lucie||$1,955|
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Driving with a blood alcohol content higher than the number above will put you at risk of being arrested for driving under the influence. If arrested you’ll face harsh consequences and may face varying degrees of jail time, fines, driver’s license suspensions, and reinstatement requirements.If convicted of a DUI, you can expect the financial obligations to extend beyond the DUI ticket to court costs, attorney fees, higher insurance rates, and potentially the installation of a Ignition Interlock Device to serve as a breathalyzer test each time you start your vehicle.
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At The Zebra, we know better than most just what a pain buying car insurance can be. We also know that students suffer from higher-than-average policy rates. Talk about a double-whammy. That’s why, this year, we’ve decided to continue The Zebra’s annual scholarship with the goal of helping to alleviate the financial pressures of college-bound students in the Florida area, while also getting an insider view of the Sunshine State.
So, Florida students, we want to see your favorite road trip destination(s) in your state— from your unique perspective. If it makes sense to hit the open road and be our virtual tour guide, that’s great! But there are no limits to what we’re looking for: a narrated animation, a slideshow of memorabilia, an illustrated map of the best roadside attractions on the way. This is a chance for you to showcase any place you love in as an original way as possible.
Applicants must be currently enrolled at or planning to attend a four-year university, graduate program, community college, or trade school located in the continental United States. Upon notification, winner(s) must supply a current proof of enrollment or letter of acceptance.