Maryland law requires all motorists to obtain a certain amount of insurance coverage. There are several types of Maryland motorcycle insurance, including bodily injury liability, underinsured/uninsured motorist (UIM) protection and property damage liability.
Bodily injury liability provides coverage for injuries caused to others that are the fault of the insured motorist. On the other hand, UIM coverage provides coverage for the insured motorist in the event that the at-fault driver either had no insurance or did not have enough insurance to fully cover their injuries. Property damage liability covers damage to others’ property that is caused by the insured. As of 2020, the minimum insurance requirements in Maryland are $30,000 per person/$60,000 per accident in bodily injury liability and UIM protection and $15,000 in property damage liability.
Unlike cars and trucks, motorcycles offer little to no protection to riders in the event of an accident. Thus, Maryland motorcycle accidents often result in serious bodily injury. In many cases, the medical expenses alone will exceed the limits of an insurance policy, especially if the policyholder opted for the minimum amount of insurance. In these situations, UIM coverage is especially important. Uninsured motorist coverage can also help a Maryland motorcyclist recover compensation in the event of a hit-and-run accident where the at-fault party cannot be identified. In fact, Maryland law considers an unidentified driver an “uninsured driver” for the purposes of UIM coverage.