Personal injury protection (PIP) insurance
Known as no-fault insurance, personal injury protection (PIP) insurance covers medical expenses when a car accident hurts you or third parties. Learn more!
Every time you get behind the steering wheel of a vehicle, you expose yourself and others to risk. Almost everyone will experience an auto accident at some point in their life, and unfortunately, even a small fender-bender could result in injuries to yourself and your passengers.
Because driving is a high injury risk activity, many states legally require drivers to have personal injury protection (PIP) insurance in order to protect themselves from the expenses that result from accidents.
But what does personal injury protection cover and which states require it? Let’s find out.
PIP insurance covers the medical expenses when a car accident results in:
Also known as “no-fault” insurance, PIP insurance can be included on top of your commercial auto policy, but it’s primarily available in states that have no-fault insurance laws.
No-fault insurance laws make it so that fault does not have to be established in order to cover medical treatment or other related expenses. So, even if you’re found to be at fault in an accident, your expenses would still be covered up to the policy limit.
You may want to consider purchasing PIP insurance if:
While PIP coverage varies on a state-by-state basis, most policies can include coverage for the following expenses:
Coverage for PIP doesn’t extend to physical damage to your vehicle. So, if you were at fault in an accident, you’d be left to pay for repairs on your own. In addition, PIP also won’t kick in for the following situations:
It’s important to note that there are other forms of specialized auto insurance that may also be necessary to obtain, including:
There are fifteen states that require a driver to have at least a minimum amount of PIP insurance.1 Also, there are four locations (Washington D.C., Oregon, Maryland, Delaware) that compel insurance companies to offer drivers PIP insurance, but the drivers have the option to decline the coverage.
The states and their minimum PIP coverage required limits are:
PIP insurance is one of the many ways that you can protect your small business from liability. But your car isn’t the only thing that might harm a third party. In fact, your business and employees might also pose a risk to others.
The best way you can shield your business from its inherent risks is by purchasing a general liability insurance or a professional liability insurance policy. A general liability policy helps protect against claims of third-party bodily injury and property damage. A professional liability policy, on the other hand, helps protect against claims of negligence that resulted in your clients’ financial loss.
With Thimble, you can purchase both forms of liability insurance for your small business by the hour, day, or month. It’s modern, affordable insurance that works when you do.
Interested in getting protection? It only takes a minute. Download the Thimble mobile app and click “Get a quote,” share a few details about your company, and you’ll have your quote instantly.
Whether it’s your vehicle or your client’s property, it’s vital that your business prepares for mishaps and risk. That’s why we’re here—to not only provide coverage for general and professional liability, but to help educate you in the process.
Our editorial content is intended for informational purposes only and is not written by a licensed insurance agent. Terms and conditions for rate and coverage may vary by class of business and state.