Auto Insurance Matters In Maryland
Maryland is a “mandatory vehicle insurance state.” This means that to properly register your car, motorcycle or truck with the Department of Motor Vehicles, you must show proof of insurance with liability coverage, uninsured motorist coverage and personal injury protection for your vehicle. The state requires you to maintain insurance with an insurance provider licensed in Maryland. Out-of-state insurance is unlawful. If you do not have the minimum insurance required by law, you could lose your driver’s license and face steep penalties and fines.
Auto insurance policies are often confusing without an experienced advocate to review your policy for you. How do you know how much coverage to purchase? Are you wasting your money purchasing too much coverage or optional coverage? Have you purchased enough coverage to comply with Maryland law?
Work With An Experienced Lawyer To Explain Your Auto Insurance Policy
The specific terms of coverage and monetary limits of your coverage are outlined in your individual insurance policy. Your insurance company often varies rates based on the value and age of your car, your driving record, your age, gender and local address.
I am attorney Garry L. Wilcox, Jr., and I provide straightforward counsel and advice for my clients in Harford County and communities throughout Maryland. I have more than 10 years of legal experience with auto accident cases. At the Law Office of Garry L. Wilcox, Jr., LLC, I will help you understand the language of your auto insurance policy. I will explain what kind of coverage you can expect after a car accident under the policy you purchase. Call my office at 410-698-6482 or 866-959-3391 to schedule an appointment.
What Is Liability Coverage And How Much Do I Need?
Liability coverage is for bodily injury and property damage. This coverage pays for damages such as medical expenses, lost income, and pain and suffering to another person if an accident is your fault. Members of your family living with you or to a person with your permission to drive your car is also generally covered as well.
If you are sued because of the accident, this coverage will pay the cost of your legal defense. Maryland law requires a minimum bodily injury coverage of $30,000 per person per accident and $60,000 total per accident. The minimum for property damage coverage is $15,000 per accident. Property damage covers damages to vehicles, fences, signs, utility poles or buildings caused by the accident.
Why Do I Need Uninsured Motorist Coverage (UM)?
UM coverage pays you and the occupants of your vehicle for bodily injuries or property damage arising out of an accident involving an uninsured vehicle or a hit-and-run. It will also protect you if you are a pedestrian hit and injured by an uninsured motor vehicle. Maryland requires a minimum of $30,000 uninsured motorist coverage per person, per accident and $60,000 total per accident for bodily injury and $15,000 per accident for property damage.
UM coverage also includes underinsured motorist coverage (UIM). You can get bodily injury protection if you are involved in an accident where the at-fault driver’s policy coverage is less than your UM limits, and your injuries exceed the at-fault driver’s policy limits.
Can I Opt Out Of Personal Injury Protection (PIP)?
PIP provides reimbursement for some types of lost income and medical expenses for injuries from an accident, regardless of fault. State law requires a minimum of $2,500. If you have health insurance coverage, you can waive PIP coverage. However, because PIP ensures that medical expenses are paid promptly it is not advisable to opt out. Some drivers pay for extra PIP coverage so they have a second source for financial assistance for accident injuries.
Reach Out Today For A Free Consultation
Schedule a free consultation to discuss your insurance policy needs by calling my firm, Law Office of Garry L. Wilcox, Jr., LLC, at 410-698-6482 or 866-959-3391. I am ready to provide a comprehensive review of your auto insurance policy. If you prefer to email me, you may complete my online form.