Keep Your Florida Drivers License by Maintaining Bodily Injury Insurance (or, Basic Coverage is not Enough)

car-insurance-policy.jpgThe only motor vehicle insurance coverages the owner of a vehicle registered in Florida must maintain are Personal Injury Protection (PIP) and Property Damage – Liability. Nothing else is required to lawfully operate a vehicle in Florida.

However, if the vehicle owner or a consensual driver of the owner’s vehicle causes an accident involving injury or death, these basic coverages will not prevent the owner from losing his drivers license and having all vehicle registrations suspended. Sections 316.066(3)(a)1 and 324.051(2)(a) Florida Statutes.

There is only one type of insurance coverage that can prevent these these things from happening: Bodily Injury Liability (a/k/a BI). Section 324.021 (7) Florida Statutes. (The Florida Department of Motor Vehicles is responsible for suspending the DL and registrations. It’s current policy is that neither action will be taken until a judgment is entered against the vehicle owner. This requires that a lawsuit be pursued to completion against the vehicle owner.)

Every type of insurance coverage comes with a price. Bodily Injury coverage is no exception. In fact, it may be the most costly of all coverages available under a motor vehicle insurance policy. It’s worth it. In addition to protecting against DL and registration suspensions, the coverage provides some compensation to persons injured through another’s negligence. (BI coverage limits start at $10,000 but can go into the millions.)

Maintaining BI coverage is part of being a responsible member of society.
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