Month: January 2018

Did You Know That….? (Underinsured Motorist)

Did you know that Underinsured Motorist (Bodily Injury) coverage on your automobile insurance policy may be available to you at no additional cost?

Underinsured Motorist (Bodily Injury) coverage is often incorporated into your Uninsured Motorist coverage. You can look on your declaration page to see if these are listed on the same line. If they are not, you should read the fine print on your policy or ask your agent about Underinsured Motorist coverage.

If you are involved in a motor vehicle accident and it is the other person's fault, and you are injured to the point where you suffer damages for medical expense, loss of earnings and pain and suffering in a greater amount than the coverage purchased by the person at fault, your Underinsured Motorist (Bodily Injury) coverage can contribute more money to your global settlement, if your policy limits on the Uninsured/Underinsured Motorist portion of your automobile policy are higher than the person at fault's policy limits.

In other words, should the person at fault have only minimal coverage of $15,000/$30,000 in California and you take out Underinsured Motorist coverage that is higher than minimal, you now have excess coverage and more protection for covering your damages than relying solely on whatever the person at fault carries through his or her automobile insurance policy.

This may become very beneficial to you if you are involved in a severe automobile accident. You can upgrade your policy limit in this category and, very importantly, there is no deductible taken out before they start payment. You just need to show your insurance company that you have received the policy limit amount from the other insurance company. There are various increments of coverage available in this category, depending upon the insurance company. And, of course, the higher the amount of coverage, the higher the premium cost will be, and the more protection you and your loved ones will have in the event of a catastrophic loss.