Statistics provided by the National Highway Traffic Administration demonstrate that an automobile accident is likely to happen every minute of the day averaging 5.25 million accidents a year across America.
Recognizing that this alarming number of accidents takes place, it is imperative to possess auto insurance of some form because the results of not having insurance could be devastating. In fact, possessing car insurance is a legal requirement prior to operating your vehicle on our Arizona roadways.
At Phillips Law Group, our auto accident attorneys believe that if you or someone you love has been injured in a car crash by a negligent individual that does not possess car insurance; the victim of the accident may be eligible to receive compensation for their losses and damages. Our attorneys believe that these negligent individuals must be held accountable for all their actions in the court of law and we will seek the maximum compensation for all our clients losses.
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Types of Car Insurance Claims and Coverages
As accidents are happening ever minute across the United States, possessing auto insurance is a critical part of being a responsible driver, not to mention, the outrageous costs for paying for any medical expenses and damages caused by an uninsured motorist. Thus, there are several different car insurance types to choose from to best fit your needs.
Some types of car insurance include:
- Liability Insurance
Liability insurance covers the cost of repairing damages to any property including vehicles, buildings, and medical expenses. The minimum amount of liability insurance required for Arizona motorists includes the following:
- $10,000 property damage coverage per auto accident
- $15,000 bodily injury coverage for one person in a single auto accident
- $30,000 bodily injury coverage total per auto accident
Of course, it is recommended to go beyond the minimum requirement, due to the fact that individuals are responsible for any claims that go beyond the coverages upper limit. Thus, we will not need to pay as much out of our own pocket if we have caused a more severe accident.
- Comprehensive Insurance
Comprehensive insurance protects your car if any damages are caused to it such as; weather damage, vandalism, an animal collision, or theft.
- Collision Insurance
Collision insurance protects us against having to pay damages to our own vehicle, while it holds the insurance company responsible. Thus, if your automobile becomes totaled, an insurance agency will pay a certain amount for your car.
- Personal Injury Protection
Personal injury protection covers any injuries and medical expenses that have been sustained to you and your passengers during an automobile accident. Of course, this may not be necessary provided that you have an adequate health insurance plan.
- Uninsured Motorist Protection
Uninsured motorist protection covers damages that are caused by another individual that does not possess insurance, has low minimums, and does not have the ability to pay for all the damages out of pocket.
- Gap Insurance
Gap insurance is beneficial for those that owe more on their vehicle than if they were to sell it, due to the fact that many insurance agencies will cover the actual value of the automobile, rather than the actual cost of replacing it. In many cases, it is required until you pay off your car; so many individuals possess gap insurance knowingly or not.
No matter if an individual decides to possess the most basic form of insurance, or the most expensive, it is still our duty as Arizona residence to possess some form of automotive insurance. Additionally, the repercussions of having no insurance are simply not worth it.
Penalties for Failing to Maintain Financial Responsibility in Arizona
In Arizona, if you are caught operating your vehicle with no proof of insurance, an individual will risk suspension of their vehicles registration and possibly driving privileges. In order to clear this suspension and individual must do the following:
- Provide the proper proof of auto insurance for the alleged coverage lapse, or
- Submit a SR-22 form, which certifies that an individual now possesses liability coverage, while also paying a $50.00 reinstatement fee.
Clearly, it is better to possess the proper car insurance prior to driving on our roadways. It is not worth the risk of paying for other damages and medical expenses, along with losing all driving privileges.
Contact an Experienced Arizona Auto Accident Attorney
At Phillips Law Group, our attorneys believe that any negligent act by another individual, either negligent individuals causing injuries or damages, or insurance agencies not holding up to their end of the bargain, must be held accountable for their actions in the court of law.
With our primary office in Phoenix, we are licensed to serve the entire state of Arizona.
Some locations we serve include:
- Paradise Valley
- Sun City
To learn more about how our Phoenix auto accident attorneys can help you achieve justice in the court of law, or to schedule a free no-obligation consultation, we welcome you to contact us at 602-763-8888 where a member of our intake team will gather information about your accident and connect you with one of our attorneys ready to handle your specific case.
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