Utah Auto Insurance Requirements
Learn more about minimum car insurance requirements in Utah, including coverage options, average costs, and legal aspects of car insurance.
Utah Car Insurance Requirements
Like most states, Utah requires drivers to carry vehicle insurance. There are some minimum coverage requirements, along with some options that could increase your amount of coverage.
The type of insurance you have—along with insurance and personal injury laws—can affect how a claim for personal injury, property damage, or wrongful death will be handled if you’re involved in a car accident in Salt Lake City or elsewhere in Utah.
Without the required car insurance, you could face fines or liability in the event you’re involved in an accident. If you’re a new driver in Utah, make sure you understand the Utah car insurance requirements before you hit the road.
What Are the Minimum Car Insurance Requirements in Utah?
Passenger cars and trucks in Utah must be insured with a minimum coverage of:
Bodily injury liability: $25,000 per person/$65,000 per accident;
Property damage liability: $15,000 per accident; and
Personal Injury Protection: $3,000
Bodily injury liability coverage helps pay for injuries to another person if you are responsible for a crash. If you damage someone else’s property in an accident, such as their car or a fence, property damage liability will cover those damages. Personal Injury Protection isn’t required for motorcycles, side-by-sides, ATVs, and boats.
Insurance providers must also offer:
Uninsured motorist coverage: $25,000 per person/$65,000 per accident
Underinsured motorist coverage: $25,000 per person/$65,000 per accident
Most individuals can choose to waive these coverages, but it’s wise to keep them. We’ll explain why below.
How Does Personal Injury Protection Insurance Work?
Personal Injury Protection (PIP) insurance is a type of no-fault coverage, which means you can access the benefits even if you were at fault for the accident.
Many people opt for additional coverage, as medical expenses and lost wages add up quickly, and the $3,000 required minimum doesn’t go very far. In addition to being available even if you’re to blame for the accident, another advantage of PIP insurance is that funds are generally available fairly quickly after your accident.
If you have to file a personal injury lawsuit to recover additional damages, it can take a while before you will have any proceeds from a settlement or verdict.
Will Auto Insurance Cover All of My Car Accident Injuries?
This is a complex question. Most car accidents in no-fault states like Utah involve dealing with multiple insurance companies.
Your PIP will cover medical expenses and possibly a portion of your lost wages up to $3,000, or more if you purchased additional coverage. Your health insurance may also cover some of your medical treatment.
Your PIP may not be enough to cover all of your medical expenses. If someone else was at fault for the accident and you sustain a serious injury, you may be able to file a claim with the at-fault driver’s insurance company to recover additional compensation.
You may only recover non-economic damages (pain and suffering), unless injuries from a car accident:
Cause permanent impairment, disfigurement, or disability;
Result in a bone fracture; OR
Result in medical expenses in excess of $3,000.
If you’re involved in an accident, you may want to contact a reputable car accident lawyer near you. They’ll be able to determine which insurance policies apply. And they can help you navigate the insurance claims process. If your claim is denied, they can help you file an appeal or a personal injury lawsuit if necessary. Their goal is to help you get compensation for all of your car accident injuries.
What if the Driver Who Hit Me Doesn’t Have Car Insurance?
Utah doesn’t require drivers to carry uninsured or underinsured motorist insurance. Insurance providers offer it, but you can waive it. It’s best not to waive it, and you may even want to carry more than the minimum required.
Why? Because if the at-fault driver is uninsured, once you’ve used your PIP, you’ll be personally responsible for all of the remaining medical expenses from your crash.
There were more than 61,000 crashes across Utah in 2021. That’s more than 167 every day. When you consider that roughly 6.5% of all drivers in Utah don’t carry insurance, that means possibly up to 4,000 people involved in those crashes didn’t have insurance. That’s where uninsured motorist (UM) or underinsured motorist (UIM) coverage comes in.
If you’re injured in a hit-and-run or if you’re hit by a driver who doesn’t have an insurance policy, a UM policy will cover your damages, up to your policy limit. Likewise, if the at-fault driver has insrance but it isn’t enough to cover all of your damages, UIM coverage would provide additional coverage. It may cover bodily injury or property damage, or both, depending on the policy.
The thresholds discussed above for non-economic damages don’t apply to hit-and-run accidents. That means if you have a UM policy, you can use it to recover damages for pain and suffering.
How Can a Utah Car Accident Attorney Help with a Car Accident Insurance Claim?
Insurance companies are profit-driven businesses. And while they may seem helpful in their communication after an accident, they will try to settle your claim for as little as possible. They often try to blame you for the accident in an attempt to deny your claim.
A skilled personal injury attorney has dealt with insurance companies in hundreds, if not thousands, of cases. They know what tactics the insurance companies tend to use, and they’ll protect you from unfair blame.
Other ways a Utah car accident lawyer can help you with a claim:
Gather supporting documentation to support the full value of your claim for damages
Identify all the insurance policies that apply to your accident
Handle all administrative tasks and all communication with the insurance companies
Negotiate with the insurance adjuster to help you get a fair settlement offer
Prepare to file a personal injury lawsuit and present your case in court, if the insurance company refuses to present a fair offer
Unfortunately, if you aren’t represented by a reputable attorney, insurance companies may try to take advantage of you and pressure you into taking a settlement that’s less than what you deserve. America’s Accident Attorneys offer free consultations, so it costs you nothing to find out more about how they can help.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
Should I Still Get a Lawyer for an Accident That Was My Fault?
Yes, it would be best if you still got a lawyer. In addition to investigating the extent of your fault, an experienced truck accident lawyer will negotiate with your insurance company to resolve the claim.
What Is the Most Common Injury in a Truck Accident?
The most common injuries in a truck accident are spinal cord injuries, traumatic brain injuries, head and neck injuries, and broken bones.
A truck or even a semi-truck accident can cause fatal and life-long injuries. For your medical expenses to be adequately covered, ensure that you wait until the end of the anticipated recovery period before settling your truck accident case.