Umbrella insurance is critical to your insurance plan
Personal Umbrella Liability is one of the most commonly overlooked policies, but in the case of a catastrophic financial event, it could be the best line of defense you’ll ever have. If you’re involved a major auto accident or if someone gets injured on your property, you could be sued for damages well beyond the liability coverage provided by your Home and Auto Insurance policies.
Umbrella insurance example scenario
To get a better sense of what Umbrella Insurance is and how it would work in a real life situation, it helps to think about it in action.
Say you’re held liable for causing a car accident with multiple vehicles, and the cost to cover the damages and injuries is $850,000. However, the liability limits on your Auto policy are only $300,000.
In this case, your insurance would pay only $300,000 for the entire accident, and you would be responsible for the remaining $550,000 out of your own pocket!
With an Umbrella policy, however, you could extend your liability limits beyond the maximum provided by your underlying policies. In this case, an Umbrella policy would provide liability limits above the $300,000 limit of your Auto policy, up to the limit you choose for your Umbrella policy (typically anywhere from $1 million up to $5 million in coverage).
In other words, you wouldn’t be left paying the remaining $550,000.
- your dog bites a neighbors child
- fire at your condo spreads to other units
- accident at your rental property
How much does an umbrella policy cost?
One of the things that makes Umbrella insurance so appealing, and almost a no-brainer in most situations, is that the cost is generally very low.
Most insurance carriers offer coverage starting at around $150 per year. The cost of your policy goes up based on the amount of cars and homes you need it to overlay, but in general the cost is pennies on the dollar, and all the risk is on the insurance company.
Even if your premium was $300/yr, the insurance company is on the hook for at least $1,000,000. That is a tremendous value, and something that everyone should think about given the litigious nature of our society.
Coverage That Keeps You Protected
Your Umbrella Liability policy from ISU Lovering Insurance Services works to give you additional protection when damages exceed the liability coverage of your standard policies. It also offers extra security for many situations that may not be included in your basic insurance.
Personal Umbrella insurance can be applied to events such as:
- Car Accidents
- Accidental injuries on your property
- Accidents involving your boat, ATV, or other recreational vehicle
- Golf Course Injuries
- Defense fees and other legal costs
- Personal Injury Coverage for claims of libel, slander, and more
At ISU Lovering Insurance Services, we are committed to the safety and security of you and your family, which is why we will work with you to create a perfect policy that protects all of your interests. Since Personal Umbrella Insurance will vary depending on your individual coverage needs, it’s important to discuss your options with one of our insurance specialists before making a decision.