What you should consider when buying Auto Insurance in Kentucky
What is No-Fault Car Insurance
Sometime between the First and Second World War, Academia developed the concept of no-fault insurance.¬† Aimed at removing auto claims from the U.S. tort liability system, under a no-fault system, insurance companies could resolve customer claims, regardless of fault.¬† The theory behind this was that insurance companies¬†would resolve disputes between themselves more efficiently.
For obvious reasons, this never took off.¬† Over time blended versions of the theory were developed that provided access to the tort system when predefined limits were exceeded.¬† Under this blended approach, no-fault insurance began to get positive support for the states.¬† So much so, that at one point almost half of the states had developed and instituted¬†a no-fault system.
Of the twenty-four states that put a no-fault auto insurance systems in place, only twelve remain.¬† The states that continue to have a no-fault system are; Florida, Hawaii, Kansas, Kentucky, Massachusetts, Minnesota, New Jersey, New York, North Dakota, Pennsylvania, and Utah.
What Kentuckians need to know about no-fault insurance
You may have heard of PIP, or Personal Injury Protection Coverage.¬† By law, all Kentuckians are required to have a minimum of $10,000 PIP Coverage on motor vehicles (motorcycles are excluded.)¬† Often referred to as Basic PIP Coverage, this can be used for medical and other related costs for injuries sustained by individuals in the insured car, regardless of who is at fault.
Kentucky drivers by default, forgo tort rights as related to damages that occur while operating automobiles until certain minimums have been met.¬†¬†While motorcycles operators and passengers are excluded from the PIP, it is optional.¬† Although PIP is optional, motorcycle operators should seriously consider carrying the optional Basic PIP Coverage.¬† Otherwise, they may find themselves in the difficult position of having no coverage and no rights to sue for damages as, by default, they have accepted the states standard tort limits.
Feel free to give us a call if you have additional questions related to Kentucky’s No-Fault Automobile Liability¬†System.