I smashed my hand in my car door. Can I make a bodily injury claim on my car insurance?
The answer most likely is "yes," says Snyder. Personal injury protection (PIP) and medical payments (MedPay) coverage pay the medical bills for you and your passengers following a mishap, no matter who is at fault.
In no-fault states such as Pennsylvania and New York, MedPay and PIP are the primary sources of health insurance coverage when you're injured in an auto accident. If you live in a state without no-fault insurance and have MedPay or PIP on your auto policy, you should use it first to pay accident-related medical expenses. Your health insurance company may deny coverage until you exhaust MedPay or PIP benefits.
Think twice before simply using your health insurance to avoid the hassle of a car insurance claim. “A lot of clinics will ask, 'Did this happen in your car?' says Ward."They will forward [the bill] to your auto insurance.”
Pages in this slideshow:
- Self-inflicted car insurance wounds: I crashed into myself!
- My wife backed out of the garage and hit my car in the driveway. Can we make a claim on our liability policy?
- Another car hit my door as I was opening it. Whose insurance pays?
- I crashed into my own garage door. Will I need to make a collision claim for my car and a home insurance claim for the garage door?
- I smashed my hand in my car door. Can I make a bodily injury claim on my car insurance?
- I left my engine running while I ran into a store, and somebody stole my car. Will comprehensive insurance pay my theft claim?
- I left my emergency brake off and my driverless car rolled down the driveway and across the street, into my neighbor's tree. Will my car insurance pay for the damage to my car and what about the damage to the tree?
- I crashed a car while on a test drive. Whose insurance pays?
- My daughter crashed her Little Tikes Cozy Coupe into my car, scratching the door. Can I make a comprehensive claim?