CAR INSURANCE PREMIUM DOES NOT NECESSARILY INCREASE BECAUSE OF NO-FAULT CLAIM
Minnesota is a “No-Fault” state. This means that if you are injured in a car accident, YOUR AUTO INSURANCE must pay your medical bills and reimburses lost wages up to the amount of your coverage, regardless of who caused the accident. In other words, even you are hit by a drunk driver who ran a red light while texting on his phone, YOUR auto insurance is the first to pay your medical and wage loss benefits. Your auto insurance pays your medical bills and wage loss even if you are a passenger in another person’s car and your car is not involved in the accident at all.
Even more surprising is that if a person doesn’t own a vehicle with auto insurance, and they are injured as a passenger in another vehicle, their medical bills are paid by the auto insurance for any family member they live with. For example, if your adult child who lives with you (and doesn’t own their own auto) is injured in an accident while in someone else’s car, your auto insurance must provide coverage for medical bills and lost wages.
Our car accident lawyers sometimes get questions from people who are worried that their auto insurance rate will go up if they make a No-Fault claim, even if the accident wasn’t their fault. And we frequently get questions if another family member is making a claim for an accident where the owner’s car wasn’t even involved in the accident at all. The answer is, if you are not at least 51% at fault in causing the car accident, the insurance company cannot raise your rates for submitting a claim for No-Fault Benefits for yourself or a person living with you.
In fact, it is against the law in MN for an insurance company to raise your rate for making a No-Fault claim. It is a fair claims violation under Minn.Stat. §72A.20 Subd 23(d) to use PIP claims to raise or increase premiums or rates where there was less than 51% fault on the insured. Subdivision (d) provides that no insurer that offers an automobile insurance policy in this state shall use an applicant’s prior claims for benefits paid under section 65B.44 as an underwriting standard or guideline if the applicant was 50 percent or less negligent in the accident or accidents causing the claims. To do so [increase premiums for a non at fault accident] would be in violation of Minn. Stat. §65B.17 Subd. 2(b), Minn. Rule 2770.7700 Subp. 2 and Minn. Rule 2770.7900 Subp. 5. Because this claim is not a “chargeable accident” as defined in the Rules, Minn. Rule 2770.7900, and specifically Subps. 5 & 7, prohibit the claim from being assigned points for purposes of underwriting decisions.
For more information on No-Fault insurance benefits, click here. If you or a family member has been injured in a MN car accident, please call us and speak with an attorney for a free consultation. One of our car accident lawyers will answer your questions and explain your rights to you. We have more than 25 years’ experience successfully helping hundreds of people who have been injured in a car accident. Our lawyers take cases throughout Minnesota and we will come to you.