Updated on January 22, 2024
In a move to streamline the auto insurance system, Mississippi is considering significant changes to its existing coverage structure. The state, which currently operates under a tort-based auto insurance system, is looking to introduce a less complex low-cost auto insurance protection policy that could have a substantial impact on how residents are insured.
Under the current system, Mississippi utilizes a tort-based approach to auto insurance, which includes liability policies for accidental damage to third-party vehicles or property. This means that drivers responsible for at-fault accidents are only liable for damages up to the limit of their car insurance liability policies. The compensation received by victims can vary significantly based on various factors, including the amount of liability insurance carried by the at-fault driver, their financial resources, and the car insurance carrier. It’s important to note that Mississippi’s mandated liability car insurance does not cover single-vehicle car crashes.
The proposed legislation aims to replace the existing system with Personal Injury Protection (PIP) insurance coverage. The PIP policy system would provide coverage of up to $15,000 for the following:
- Medical treatment expenses, up to the policyholder’s PIP limits.
- Compensation for loss of income during the period of incapacitation.
- Reimbursement for spare parts and similar replacement services.
- Benefits for next of kin in case of death.
Additionally, PIP coverage would require drivers to carry approximately $10,000 for property damage coverage. Motorists would have the flexibility to adjust their coverage limits based on their preferences and the type of vehicle they own. In many states, PIP and liability insurance are intertwined for all motorists. However, Mississippi is planning to implement a dual system where PIP and tort liability would work in conjunction. In cases where one driver involved in an accident lacks PIP coverage, their liability insurance policy would cover the incurred damages. Failure to settle claims due to insufficient PIP limits would make at-fault drivers vulnerable to lawsuits from the affected parties.
This potential shift in Mississippi’s auto insurance landscape is expected to simplify the claims process and reduce the complexity associated with determining compensation in accidents. If implemented, it could provide more uniform coverage for drivers throughout the state, ensuring that victims of accidents receive adequate compensation regardless of the circumstances.
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