There are some things about Michigan auto insurance that you might not be familiar with if you’ve only registered cars in other areas in the US. This insurance is legally required in this state, and made up of three major segments. These are residual liability for bodily injury and property damage to others, personal injury insurance and property protection insurance. When registering a car in Michigan, it’s important to be able to prove you possess this insurance, since driving without it is illegal.
Michigan’s no fault insurance policies provide for full reimbursement of medical costs, and for the money you lose from being injured, up to a three year period. As of 2007, that amount was up to a little over four thousand, five hundred dollars. People who are killed in an accident and have Michigan auto insurance will be paid up to that amount every month for three years, based on the earnings of the person who has died.
When someone is hurt in an accident and can’t provide basic family services like housework or maintenance, another twenty dollars per day is available for hiring others to perform these duties. Michigan no fault insurance coverage can be synchronized to an existing disability or health policy to cut premium costs, as long as that policy doesn’t come from Medicaid or Medicare. The synchronized policy then becomes the primary payer, and your auto insurance covers only what remains.
If you have Michigan no fault insurance, your policy will pay up to a million dollars in damage done by your car to other people’s property, such as fences, buildings, lamp posts and other objects. If you do damage to someone else’s vehicle, and that car is properly parked, this policy will also pay for that damage.
The no fault law in Michigan is also useful for protecting people covered by Michigan auto insurance from lawsuits, though there are situations where you can still be sued. If you caused an accident where someone else was seriously hurt or killed, you were involved in an accident with an out of state car, or your accident occurred outside of Michigan, you may still be sued.
You could also be sued for up to five hundred dollars worth of damage to another vehicle if you were more than fifty percent at fault in causing the accident. However, when you’re sued or otherwise legally responsible for damages, you’ll receive payment up to your coverage limits from your Michigan no fault auto insurance.
In this state, you’re required to carry a certain amount of coverage. That includes at least twenty thousand dollars worth of coverage for bodily injury and property damage for every person hurt or killed in an accident. Forty thousand dollars worth of coverage is required in case of accidents where multiple people are injured or killed. Another ten thousand dollars worth of coverage is required for property damage outside of Michigan, and you’re responsible for the excess paid in all cases where the award exceeds your coverage.
Michigan no fault insurance doesn’t cover everything, either. For instance, you don’t have to have insurance available to cover fixing your own car in an accident or when flood damage, theft, vandalism, or other types of non accident damage occur, or for covering uninsured motorist damage. However, this kind of coverage is available as part of Michigan auto insurance, even if not required by law.