Every day you drive your car knowing that you have auto insurance, but do you know the laws that regulate what you're responsible for should you get in an accident and be found at fault?
As an American driver, you live in either a tort or a no-fault state. And if you live in a tort state, you could be financially responsible for more than you think if you're in an accident. That's why our independent insurance agents are here to help you understand tort insurance, what it means, and how it affects your insurance policy.
Tort insurance is when a state is operating under the "tort" system for insurance claims. The tort system says that if two parties are involved in a collision, the driver who is at fault is responsible for paying the victim's medical bills, property damage costs, additional lost wages, damages, and even "pain and suffering" resulting from the accident.
Tort insurance is not something you purchase. The tort system is the laws behind how your insurance operates should you get in an accident.
Auto insurance is required in every state. But only 38 states use the tort system. The other 12 states use no-fault insurance.
Nearly every state that follows the tort system offers full or limited tort car insurance options.
In some states drivers are allowed to choose whether they want the limited or full tort car insurance system, but in other states the option is mandated for all drivers.
If you're residing and driving in a tort state you're required to have liability insurance that will cover any injuries you may cause to others or their property.
The average driver will pay around $800 a year for full insurance coverage for one car. That number can be lowered if you're only purchasing liability insurance.
Seeing as you don't purchase tort insurance directly, the cost is associated with the cost of your auto insurance policy. Some drivers in tort states may not be required to purchase additional coverage like personal injury protection and medical payments coverage. These factors can affect the cost of your insurance policy.
Tort system aside, it's always best to purchase as much auto coverage as you can afford.
Our independent insurance agents can help you determine the right amount of insurance coverage should you live in a tort system state. They'll walk you through a handpicked selection of sweet policy options. Not only that, they’ll cut the jargon and clarify the fine print so you know exactly what you’re getting.
Most importantly, they’ll be there to help you file a claim should you find yourself in an accident. The outcome of insurance claims can be strongly impacted by how the process is approached and handled.
Our gifted insurance agents will review your needs and help you evaluate the best insurance coverage for you. They'll also compare policies and quotes from multiple insurance companies to make sure you have the proper protection to keep you safe.