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May 20, 2020
States require that auto owners carry liability insurance. However, state minimum limits are usually low and inadequate to fully compensate for injuries and damages. Also, there are some people who drive without insurance and do not have the financial resources to pay for an at-fault accident.
This leaves people unprotected when they are involved in an accident caused by uninsured (or underinsured) driver. The good news is that you can add uninsured and underinsured motorist (UM/UIM) coverage to your auto policy. With these coverages, your own insurance company will step up to pay what the at-fault driver cannot.
Below are examples of situations where UM/UIM coverage would help pay for damages, and which one would apply.
We recommend that our clients purchase UM/UIM limits equal to their liability limit. Premium for this coverage is reasonable.
More good news: you can also add excess UM/UIM coverage to your umbrella policy. Coverage applies after your auto policy UM/UIM limit is exhausted. (This scenario can occur if one or more family members are seriously injured, requiring hospitalization, surgeries, or rehabilitation.) We recommend that our clients purchase at least $1,000,000 of excess UM/UIM coverage.
No matter how law-abiding and responsible you are, you can still a suffer an uncovered auto loss through no fault of your own. Uninsured/underinsured motorist coverage can fill the gap when you are impacted by another driver’s inadequate liability insurance. With this hidden gem of coverage, it’s reassuring to know that your insurance company has your back when the other driver doesn’t.
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