In Nevada, a local lawmaker is pushing for higher limits on car insurance coverage. Assemblyman William Horn is sponsoring the new bill, also referred to as Assembly Bill 120, which, if passed, will more than double car liability limits and drive car insurance coverage rates up by almost $300 annually in some areas.
Lawmaker Did Not Have Enough Coverage
Interestingly, Assemblyman Horn has admitted to a personal reason for the bill. Last year, he was injured in an auto accident caused by a driver who only had the minimum liability coverage. To make matters worse, Horn did not have enough car insurance coverage for his own medical bills. The Assemblyman pointed out that as his injuries weren’t life threatening, he was lucky. Whereas every day, drivers are much more seriously injured in accidents with underinsured or uninsured drivers and left to pay their medical bills themselves when their own car insurance coverage isn’t sufficient.
Impact on Car Insurance Rates
If the bill is passed, the current car insurance coverage minimum will be raised from $15,000 to $30,000, and from $30,000 to $100,000 respectively, depending on the number of injured victims. Car insurance coverage limits for property damage will be tripled. All of this obviously has implications for drivers, but also for auto insurance providers, who will be forced into paying out higher claims.
Reactions Split into Opposing Camps
Supporters of the bill claim that it’s time to raise car insurance coverage limits, as they have remained unchanged since 1958 and don’t reflect the reality of modern insurance needs. Opponents, however, are convinced it will lead to more uninsured drivers because many Nevada drivers are having a hard enough time paying their current car insurance premiums.
How do you Know when it is Necessary to Call the Police when Involved in a Car Accident?
When you are in a major auto accident, you already know that it is important to call the police and an ambulance. If you do not contact the authorities personally, then it is likely that passersby ...
Read More →
What is the Difference between Named Perils and Open Perils on your Insurance Policy?
While comparison shopping for insurance, you will encounter two different types of policies: named perils and open perils policies. Understanding the difference between the two insurance policies w...
Read More →
What Happens if You Do Not Have Auto Insurance in Your State?
In an effort to crack down on the high number of uninsured or under-insured drivers, every state in the country has enacted some sort of law that requires people who own and drive cars to be able t...
Read More →