What is Motorcycle Insurance?
Motorcycle insurance provides financial protection against physical damage and/or bodily injury resulting from traffic collisions and against liability that could also arise from the actions of the motorcycle driver.
Motorcycle insurance may also offer financial protection against theft of the motorcycle and damage sustained from things other than traffic collisions.
Motorcycle Insurance Coverages
There several different types of motorcycle insurance coverages. Some may be required by law. Others are optional. The main coverages are:
Covers loss, theft, or damage to motorcycle accessories like saddlebags, custom handlebars, and OEM electronics.
Comprehensive Physical Damage Coverage
Covers physical damage or loss of the motorcycle that is not the direct result of a moving vehicle collision.
Pays for damage to an insured motorcycle when it hits or is hit by another car or object, or if the motorcycle overturns.
Bodily Injury Liability Coverage
Pays damages for bodily injury or death resulting from an accident for which you are at fault and provides you with a legal defense. This includes passengers riding on your motorcycle.
Property Damage Liability Coverage
Pays damages for physical damage resulting from an accident for which you are at fault and provides you with a legal defense.
Medical Payments Coverage
Pays medical expenses of the parties riding on the motorcycle involved in a motorcycle accident.
Personal Injury Protection Coverage
This is an extension of motorcycle insurance available in some states that covers medical expenses and, in some cases, lost wages and other damages. PIP is designed to be paid without regard to legal liability.
Uninsured / Underinsured Motorist Coverage
Provides for a motorcycle operator to receive damages for any injury he or she receives from an uninsured, negligent driver. The coverage pays the difference between what the uninsured or underinsured driver can pay and what the injured operator would be entitled to as if the uninsured motorist had proper insurance.
Motorcycle Roadside Assistance Coverage
Roadside assistance and breakdown coverage assist operators whose motorcycle has suffered a mechanical failure that leaves the operator stranded.