Bodily Injury Coverage on Policy if Injured in Accident

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This is a common question we get after someone has been in a car accident.

Do I automatically get the amount of bodily injury coverage listed on my policy if I get hurt in an accident?

That is a question that callers ask us all the time.  The answer is No.

For one thing, the bodily injury coverage you buy on your Michigan auto insurance policy doesn’t cover you for accidents other  people cause.  It’s the other way around—your coverage protects you from injury claims made by people in accidents you cause.

The important thing to find out if you are hurt in a traffic accident in Michigan is how much liability coverage the other driver has. This is something you should probably let a lawyer do for you, since we don’t recommend that you contact the other driver’s insurance company yourself. You want to “level the field” early on in your claim in order to avoid giving too much of the wrong kind of information to your opponents.

The thing to keep in mind is that whatever amount of liability insurance your opponent has does not mean that you just make a phone call to their insurance company and go pick up a check for that amount.  To qualify for any money at all from the driver who causes an injury accident in Michigan, there are only four types of pain and suffering cases that are eligible. And you can be sure that the claims adjusters and lawyers for the other person’s insurance company will make every effort to look for information that damages the value of your claim—or reduces it to nothing, even if the accident wasn’t your fault.

Final Thoughts on Bodily Injury Coverage

So don’t count on a quick and easy settlement just because the other driver caused the accident and injured you. And please don’t assume that the bodily injury coverage on your insurance policy determines how much money you can get for your case.

If you would like to dig deeper into this topic, take a look at our information about uninsured and underinsured motorist coverage. To speak with an experienced personal injury lawyer in Michigan, contact us through our form or call 1-866-22Not33.

Written By Steven Matz

Steven J. Matz is a founding shareholder of Matz Injury Law. The firm’s concentration is on personal injury litigation, with an emphasis on traumatic brain injury. Mr. Matz earned a Bachelor of Arts degree with high distinction and highest honors in 1974 from the University of Michigan and a Juris Doctor degree in 1977 from The George Washington University National Law Center. Mr. Matz lectures and publishes in a number of areas, including ethics, marketing, trial tactics, and head injury. Mr. Matz has served on the Michigan Association for Justice Executive Board and currently serves the Michigan Attorney Discipline Board as a Hearing Panel Chairman and Master. He is also a member of the State Bar Committee for Character and Fitness.
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