dcsimg
Call Us Toll Free: 1-855-430-7753

Uninsured motorist bodily injury coverage


What does uninsured motorist bodily injury coverage do?

There are two types of uninsured motorist coverage.

Uninsured motorist bodily injury insurance (UM or UMBI) covers you, the insured members of your household (resident relatives) and your passengers for bodily/personal injuries, damages, or death caused by an at-fault driver who doesn’t have insurance (uninsured) or, in some states, by a hit-and-run or miss-and-run driver.

These coverages also typically protect you and your insureds when riding in someone else's vehicle, riding a bicycle or are a pedestrian.

Uninsured motorist property damage (UMPD) covers your car, up to your chosen limits, if you are hit by an uninsured driver.

Uninsured motorist bodily injury coverage varies according to the terms of your policy and state laws but in general it pays, up to the limit of your policy, for:

  • Medical expenses
  • Funeral expenses
  • Loss of income
  • Pain and suffering

[Let CarInsurance.com help you find affordable auto insurance now.]

In some states, pain and suffering is not covered, or is only compensated for if there are extenuating circumstances, such as a permanent injury.

Policy limits for uninsured motorist bodily injury coverage are per person and per accident and coverage is written as such.  For example $25,000/$50,000 means that the maximum payout per person is $25,000 and the maximum payout for all people injured in one accident is $50,000.  This coverage may also be simply written as 25/50.

Is uninsured motorist bodily injury coverage mandatory?

Depending upon where you live, uninsured motorist bodily injury may be mandatory.  In some states, it’s required coverage, in many others it’s required to be offered, but you can decline the coverage, in writing on a state-approved form.

If you carry UMBI, most states require your limits for this coverage to be the same or lower than your bodily injury liability limits.  In all states that offer uninsured motorist bodily injury, you must have bodily injury liability coverage as part of your car insurance policy to purchase UMBI coverage on your policy.

Recommended limits for uninsured motorist bodily injury coverage

The insurance industry recommends bodily injury liability coverage of $100,000 per person and $300,000 per accident (referred to as 100/300), if you can afford these higher limits.

What happens if I don’t have uninsured motorist bodily injury coverage?

If this coverage is optional in your state and you choose to go without, then you may be left to pay personally for medical expenses arising from an accident caused by an uninsured motorist. 

Estimates from the Insurance Research Council (IRC) say that chances are one in seven that a driver is uninsured.  If one of these uninsured drivers hit you, you could try to pursue the at-fault driver for your medical expenses, but it’s doubtful that a person driving without insurance will have the money to pay you.

If you have adequate health insurance, then uninsured motorist bodily injury may be unnecessary. 

Related articles on CarInsurance.com

Disclaimer: This article is for information purposes. It should not be interpreted as a recommendation to buy or sell any insurance product, or to provide financial or legal advice. This information is provided for information purposes only.

Articles written by CarInsurance.com have a copyright and cannot be reproduced or republished in any way or form without the written consent from CarInsurance.com. You may use our RSS feed with an active link to our site.