Low Cost Car Insurance or Proper Liability Coverage?
The amount of insurance you will need will always be determined to late, once you have an accident. To try to understand how to protect yourself, you first need to know what your liability insurance will cover. It is always broken up in two parts bodily injury and property damage liability.
Bodily injury liability covers just that, injuries that are caused do to an auto accident:
1. First Aid at the Accident
2. Medical bills due to injuries
3. Restitution for lost salary
4. Final expenses
5. Legal defense fees and/or bail bonds for anyone listed on your policy
Property Damage Liability covers the damage that is sustained in an accident:
1. Property damage to houses as other buildings
2. Repair or replacement costs for other stationary objects
3. Car restoration or replacement expenses
So, you are probably thinking to yourself what coverage limits should I have? Minimum liability guidelines are set by each individual state, they are usually 15,000/30,000/15,000 worth of coverage. The reason there is 3 numbers instead of two is because body injury liability is usually set in split limits but you could request a single limit of coverage.
Single vs split limit: In example above of 15,000/30,000/15,000 in coverage, this first 15,000 would cover individual injuries to others obtained from the accident you caused up to 15,000 per person. The 30,000 represents the maximum pay out for injuries caused to the while accident. If you had a single limit of bodily injury coverage it would be equal to 30,000 for the extra accident broken up as needed.
The last number in your liability coverage is always your property damage limit in the above cast is was also $15,000.
By this point you could probably sue how state limits that are usually 15,000/30,000/15,000 might not be adequate coverage. With medical cost and the price of automobiles and property rising you might want to consider higher limits.
The most common amount of coverage around the country is split limit of 100,000/300,000/50,000 but you might want to consider even higher limits. The cost to raise liability from 15,000/30,000/15,000 to 100,000/300,000/100,000 or even higher shouldn’t cost more than a couple of hundreds of dollars per year. I’ll personally spend a little more now to save thousands later just in case I was sued for expenses costing more than my coverage limits.