Umbrella Insurance – An extra step to peace of mind
What is peace of mind worth to you? For some, it’s knowing that they are protecting their assets and future with personal umbrella liability insurance.
Umbrella insurance is designed to give you added liability protection above and beyond the limits on your homeowners, auto and other personal insurance policies. With an umbrella policy, depending on the insurance company, you can add between $ 1 to 5 million in liability protection. This protection is designed to take over when the liability on other current policies has been exhausted.
What does this really mean?
Liability insurance is the portion of a homeowners or auto policy that pays for expenses such as the injured person’s medical bills, lost wages, or damages to a car due to the person at fault. The liability portion of an insurance policy also covers legal expenses if the negligence results in any court proceedings. After adding up all of the medical expenses for the injured and the legal fees, the standard liability in one’s homeowners or auto policy may be sufficient. Or not.
Connecticut & Rhode Island have financial responsibility laws that hold drivers accountable for bodily injury and property damage due to a car accident for which the at-fault driver can be sued for damages. Consequently, personal assets from the at-fault driver could be seized as a result of a lawsuit. Similar laws are in force for home, watercraft and motorcycle owners.
A personal liability umbrella insurance policy gives you added liability protection without much added cost. Having the added protection of an umbrella policy is coverage you shouldn’t think twice about –especially for the extra peace of mind it provides. Here is how it works:
You are found guility of negligence in an automobile accident. The jury awards the other party $ 750,000. in damages. Your automobile liability limit is $ 300,000, which the insurance company pays. This leaves $ 450,000 in damages to be paid. You would have to go through your savings, sell investments or property to pay that judgement which would have a seriously negative impact on your life- your retirement or your children's future education could be jeopardized. A personal liability umbrella policy of $ 1,000,000 would pay the remainder of that award.