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Auto or car insurance is required by the state of Pennsylvania but most people don’t think about what it actually is until they need it. According to the car insurance industry, the average driver will have three to four accidents in their lifetime. While most will not be life-threatening, an accident without proper auto insurance could leave you exposed to thousands of dollars of repairs if you are not properly insured.

Not all car insurance is the same. Some car insurance policies only cover you for the state minimum requirements, but here at Susquehanna, we will work with you to find the best options. The lowest premium isn’t always the best option for our customers. Our team will help you balance how different coverage options and premium costs will effect benefit you the most.

PA Insurance Requirements

The minimum auto insurance requirements in the state of Pennsylvania are 15/30/5. Although that is all that is required, we can almost guarantee that it is not enough.

These requirements do not cover your damages but are in place to protect individuals who you have either injured or damaged their personal items.

In the state of Pennsylvania, you need $15,000 of individual liability. This coverage pays if you caused physical injury to another person. $30,000 of coverage per occurrence or the most that will be paid to individuals involved in one accident.

The last and maybe most important element is the $5,000 of property damage. This pays for damage you cause to another car, mailbox, etc.. As you can imagine $5,000 does not go very far these days of backup cameras, lane assist sensors, and high-end vehicles.

By not having adequate coverage you are opening yourself up to serious financial risk. We will help you walk through what limits are most appropriate for you to make sure you are protected but not paying too much.

Protecting your car

Having insurance to protect other people is required (what we talked about above), but having coverage for your own car is not. Depending on the age and type of car some people choose to not have comprehensive or collision insurance for their cars. This means that if they were in an at-fault accident the person you hit would be covered but the damage to your car would not. This only applies to a few people, so for everyone else how do you make sure you are protected from theft, accidents, deer, or trees falling on your car?

 

The two coverages that protect your vehicle are Comprehensive and collision. 

  • Collision – You cause an accident and destroy your front bumper. You run into your garage door while you are late for work. You slide on ice and hit a road sign scraping the whole side of your car. These are some examples of where collision coverage would come into play. You would be subject to a deductible that you choose and then the insurance company would take care of the rest. 
  • Comprehensive – This is sometimes referred to as “other than collision” or everything else such as theft, vandalism, fallen trees, hail, and animals to name a few. Full glass coverage is also available under comprehensive, which means that if you would need a new windshield because of a rock, that would be covered.

Other options to consider

Other optional but important elements of your auto insurance are:

  • Uninsured/Underinsured Motorist –New research suggests that 1 in 8 drivers in the US are uninsured. What happens if you were in an accident and injured by someone who doesn’t have insurance or doesn’t have enough? This is where UM/UIM coverage steps in and covers your medical expenses if you are injured. There are different amounts and options of UM/UIM coverage and its important to talk with your agent about which might be best for you.
  • Medical Payments Coverage – Many folks think “I have health insurance, why do I need this coverage?”. This coverage will pay reasonable expenses for injuries to you, or your passengers in an accident regardless of who is at fault. This coverage will help pick up where health insurance falls short, and it can even help with co-pays. 
  • Full or Limited Tort – Full and limited tort refers to your ability to sue the responsible party for pain and suffering damages after an accident. Full tort is more expensive but gives you “full” access to sue the responsible party for injuries you sustained regardless of severity. Limited tort will pay for actual monetary losses such as out-of-pocket medical costs, property damage, etc, but limits your ability to sue for pain and suffering.  
 

There are additional add-on converges to consider when looking at your auto insurance. Make sure you talk to your agent about each and if they fit your lifestyle and budget:

  • Car rental coverage
  • New Car Repair / Loan Protection 
  • Towing and Emergency Roadside Service

Finding the right auto coverage can be confusing, and even if you are not one of our current customers, our team would be happy to answer any questions you may have.