In Plain English
Posted on: Jun 03, 2015
What is PIP Insurance?
PIP (short for Personal Injury Protection) is the portion of a car insurance policy that provides medical expense and work loss coverage for you and your passengers after a car accident, regardless of fault. PIP coverage is often a requirement in "No Fault" states since it pays first for your injuries, no matter who caused the accident.
You might choose PIP insurance if….
- You drive around with lots of passengers in your vehicle who could hold you responsible for their injuries in an accident.
- You don’t have a great health insurance plan. Often, having great health insurance renders PIP/medical coverage far less useful. If in doubt, check with your healthcare provider.
What does PIP insurance cover?
Personal injury protection is a “no-fault” coverage, meaning that even if you are determined to be at-fault in an accident, medical expenses (such as medical and surgical treatment, ambulance fees, and medication) for you and your passengers will be covered up to the policy’s limit. PIP can also be used to recover lost wages and rehabilitation services.
How much does PIP insurance cover?
PIP coverage benefits will vary depending on the state in which you reside. For instance, in Florida, PIP insurance will typically cover 80% of medical bills and 60% of lost wages, up to $10,000. In other states, the coverage can be much higher or much lower so it's important to be aware and ask your agent about specifics.
Which states require PIP insurance?
Currently 14 states require some level of personal injury protection coverage: Delaware, Florida, Hawaii, Kansas, Kentucky, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, New Jersey, New York, North Dakota, Oregon, Pennsylvania, and Utah.