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Insurance Explained: Auto Insurance

Auto insurance is a contract between you and the insurance company that protects you against financial loss in the event of an accident or theft. We'll break it down for you below:


Auto insurance, also known as car insurance, is a type of insurance policy that provides financial protection in the event of an accident or damage to a vehicle. Auto insurance is required in most states in the United States and is designed to protect both the driver and other individuals involved in a collision.


There are several components to auto insurance policies that policyholders should be aware of. These components include liability coverage, collision coverage, comprehensive coverage, personal injury protection, and uninsured/underinsured motorist coverage.

Liability Coverage Liability coverage is a type of insurance that covers damages or injuries that the driver of the insured vehicle causes to another person or their property. This coverage is mandatory in most states and covers both bodily injury and property damage. Bodily injury coverage pays for medical expenses, lost wages, and pain and suffering of the other driver or passengers involved in the accident. Property damage coverage pays for repairs or replacement of the other driver's vehicle or any other damaged property.


Collision Coverage

Collision coverage is a type of insurance that covers the cost of repairs or replacement of the policyholder's vehicle in the event of an accident, regardless of who is at fault. Collision coverage is optional and typically has a deductible, which is the amount the policyholder must pay out of pocket before the insurance company will cover the remaining cost.


Comprehensive Coverage

Comprehensive coverage is a type of insurance that covers damage to the policyholder's vehicle that is not caused by an accident, such as theft, vandalism, or natural disasters. Comprehensive coverage is also optional and typically has a deductible.


Personal Injury Protection

Personal injury protection, or PIP, is a type of insurance that covers medical expenses and lost wages for the policyholder and their passengers in the event of an accident. PIP coverage is mandatory in some states and optional in others.


Uninsured/Underinsured Motorist Coverage

Uninsured/underinsured motorist coverage is a type of insurance that covers the policyholder and their passengers in the event of an accident caused by a driver who does not have insurance or does not have enough insurance to cover the damages. This coverage is optional in some states and mandatory in others.


Auto insurance is an important type of insurance that provides financial protection in the event of an accident or damage to a vehicle. It is important for policyholders to understand the different types of coverage available and to select the coverage that best meets their needs. Additionally, policyholders should regularly review their policies to ensure they have sufficient coverage and to update their policies as necessary.

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