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Smaller Cars Linked to Larger Insurance Rates?

Friday, July 17th, 2009
Smaller Car Equals Larger Insurance Premiums

Smaller Cars Equal Larger Car Insurance Premiums.

MSN Money has a nice article on smaller cars leading to larger insurance premiums.  You can read the entire article here.   While smaller cars lead to better fuel savings, which is a big deal right now, they most likely will lead to larger insurance premiums as well.  The Honda Civic and Toyota Prius are the most expensive cars to insure.  The reason might surprise you.

According to insurance companies smaller cars tend to be in more accidents and suffer more collision losses.  Smaller cars tend to be inexpensive and also tend to be driven by younger more at risk drivers.  If you buy a particular model that suffers large losses, you will pay for other driver’s mistakes.  For instance, the Civic is rated at “worse than average” for personal injury losses and medical payments.  The Civic Coupe is even worse.  It is “worse than average” for personal injury and “substantially worse than average” for collision, personal injury protection, and medical payments.

Unfortunately, this could have a terrible affect on the types and amounts of insurance coverage you buy.  Many drivers might be tempted to reduce their coverage or eliminate it all together just to afford the insurance on a new, smaller car.  This could be disastrous if you are involved in an car accident.  Saving a little money a month in premiums is simply not worth the overall cost you could suffer if you are underinsured, or worse uninsured, with particular coverage.

Be sure to consider the affect a new car purchase may have on your insurance rates before you buy.  Perhaps, it’s good to also remember that bigger may just actually be better.

How To Recover Your Lost Wages From A Kentucky Accident.

Monday, May 11th, 2009
Recovering Your Lost Wages

Recovering Your Lost Wages

If you were injured in an accident and miss work, you are entitled to recover your lost wages.  Your first source of recovery is lost wages paid through PIP.  Unfortunately, the legislature has capped PIP payments for lost wages at $200 a week.  Hardly, sufficient to compensate someone for the likely wages they have lost.  You should know you are entitled to the difference.

You will recover this amount from the party at fault when you make your claim.  For instance, if you miss three weeks of work and earn $400 a week in lost wages, PIP will pay you a total $600 in lost wages.  Your actual wage loss is $1,200.  The difference of $600 is recoverable when you make a claim for “bodily injury.”  This figure should be included in any negotiations with the insurance company. The insurance company that settles your bodily injury claim will also be responsible for paying back the sums paid under PIP.

Motorcycle Accident Victims Not Guaranteed PIP Benefits

Thursday, April 23rd, 2009

Much has been discussed about PIP benefits in Kentucky for accident victims.  However, motorcyclists should know that Kentucky law specifically excludes motorcyclists from recovering PIP benefits unless they purchase these as optional benefits.  So, while car drivers in Kentucky are protected by a minimum $10,000.00 in coverage motorcyclists are not, unless they specifically pay for that coverage.  As you can imagine the coverage for motorcyclists is more expensive given the increased chance of injury.

However, just because a motorcyclist does not have PIP benefits does not mean that he cannot make a claim if he is injured in an accident due to someone’s fault.  A claim can, and if serious enough, should be made.  An experienced accident lawyer can then work to help reduce the amount paid to cover medical expenses, including the first $10,000.00 not covered by PIP.

Personal Injury Protection and the First $10,000

Friday, April 10th, 2009

Did you know that if your injured in a car accident, Kentucky law provides you with $10,000 of insurance coverage to pay for your medical expenses and partial lost wages? Known as “PIP”, this coverage is mandatory and is meant to cover the first $10,000 in economic damages suffered due to injury. If you’re injured do not avoid treatment for fear you can’t pay. If needed, seek help immediately. Most medical providers are familiar with this coverage and will help you set up a claim for prompt payment of bills. You DO NOT need an attorney to receive this coverage. Avoid attorneys or medical providers that seek to entice you with promises of $10,000 if you’ve been injured in a car accident.