What Is “Full Coverage” Auto Insurance?
You’ve probably heard the term “full coverage insurance.”
You might think it accurately describes what the insurance company will
pay in the event of an auto accident, but you would be wrong. Full coverage
insurance policies do not exist in Florida. What you were sold by the
insurance company as a “full coverage policy” will only protect
you partially after an accident. In the state of Florida, the law requires
drivers to carry policies with liability or no-fault insurance coverage
to cover bodily injury and property damages to others in an accident you cause.
A “full coverage” policy typically has collision and comprehensive
coverage as well, but that is where the full coverage ends. Collision
coverage will pay for damages to your vehicle in the event of an accident
(if the at-fault person does not have insurance or you are found liable),
while comprehensive coverage is designed to cover vandalism, theft, and
other damages that are not caused by an accident. Therefore, a full coverage
policy will only include what is legally required to drive in the state
of Florida and maybe a little extra to pay for the damages to your car.
In other words, what you know as “full coverage insurance”
is no more than basic insurance.
Make Sure You Are Covered After an Accident
What if the at-fault driver does not have insurance but you are badly injured?
What if you need a rental car but you did not add it to your policy? Rental
is additional coverage; it will not be included in your policy even though
your insurance agent said you were buying a full coverage policy. If you
are seriously injured in a
car accident, the $10,000 from your personal injury protection (PIP) coverage may not be enough to pay for all of your medical bills.
In Florida, PIP insurance only pays for 80% of your medical bills. You
are responsible for the remaining 20%. If the at-fault driver does not
have insurance, or has minimum liability coverage, who is going to pay
for your injuries? Who will pay for the 20% you are responsible for even
if the medical bills are under the PIP limits? Your “full coverage”
policy will only pay for your car and up to $10,000 in medical treatment.
But what about the rest?
For you to be fully covered,
you will need to add certain types of coverage to your policy; however, you will be surprised how affordable they could be. For your
rental, you should just add it to your policy or have separate insurance,
such as AAA. For medical treatment, you should consider adding uninsured
motorist (UM) coverage to your policy. This coverage will come into play whenever the at-fault
driver is uninsured or underinsured.
Let Darrigo, Diaz & Jimenez Review Your Policy
Review your auto insurance policy and make sure you are paying for a TRUE
full coverage policy. Even better, bring your policy to Darrigo, Diaz
& Jimenez. Our Tampa car accident attorneys will review it for free
to make sure you have the right coverage. We can help protect you and
your family in the event of a car accident.
If you have been injured in a car accident, please do not hesitate to
call us for a free consultation.