The annual auto insurance fee that Michigan drivers pay toward caring for people catastrophically injured in crashes is rising to $160, a $10 increase.
The Michigan Catastrophic Claims Association announced the new per-car assessment for the 12 months starting July 1.
The Livonia-based group collects funds to reimburse auto insurers for personal injury protection claims that exceed $545,000 per claim. It paid out $1.1 billion in 2015, mostly for brain and spinal cord injuries, multiple fractures, and back and neck injuries.
Of the $150 being assessed, about $140 will cover anticipated new claims and $19 will address a $1.3 billion estimated deficit for existing claims. Another $0.40 will go to administrative expenses.
Michigan is the only state that requires drivers to buy unlimited medical benefits.