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Part B- Medical Payments:
Medical payments are the second part of an auto insurance policy after liability. Medical pays for reasonable medical expenses incurred by a covered person for bodily injury caused by an accident involving any motor vehicle designed for highway use.
Covered persons are the named insured, spouse, or any family member when occupying a motor vehicle, or as a pedestrian when struck by a vehicle. Also covered is any individual, other than the named insured and family, while occupying a covered auto. Covered people are protected while entering or leaving an auto.
Typical coverages: $1000, $3000, $5000, $25,000, $50,000 and $100,000.
What does all this mean? Auto liability coverage protects you when you cause bodily injury to someone outside your family or vehicle. Medical payments covers your bodily injury in an accident. For example, if you slide through a stop sign into another car, liability will cover their medical cost up to the limit of coverage. If you slide through the stop sign into a tree and your wife suffers an injury, medical payments will cover her up to the limit of coverage. Medical will also cover passengers in your car (important if you’re the car pool mom) and cover your family in other accidents. Also, if your son is riding with a buddy and gets injured in an accident, your medical will cover your son if the friend’s coverage isn’t enough, up to the limits of your coverage.
It’s surprising how many consumers are unaware of how medical payment coverage can affect them or their family. They are willing to have $300,000 in coverage for someone they don’t know but only have $1000 in coverage for family. Upping coverage from $1000 to $25000 should be a few dollars a month. Next time your getting an auto quote ask what the difference between the coverages is.