The effect of this restriction on insurers is that young men actually pay less and young women pay more for car insurance than if insurers were to set rates based on gender. This is because males—that are typically riskier drivers—raise the average cost of coverage for the group of drivers as a whole, and safer women drivers end up paying more for car insurance.
Insurers don't determine your actual cash value (ACV) settlement based on what you owe, but rather on what the car is worth just prior to the accident. Let's say you owe $20,000 on your new car, but it's only worth about $16,000. If your car is totaled, you might get a settlement check of $16,000 but still owe an additional $4,000 on your loan or lease.
Example: You cause an accident with another driver who has three passengers in her car. If you have liability insurance, you are covered against any bodily injury claims filed by the driver or her three passengers up to the limits of your policy. So if your per person bodily injury limit is $25,000 and your per accident bodily injury limit is $50,000, your policy will pay at most $25,000 to cover the bodily injury claims of any one of the four people in the struck vehicle but only up to $50,000 in total for all bodily injury claims resulting from the accident.
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