Umbrella insurance has an unusual name, but it's a simple concept—it's an extra liability policy for added peace of mind. Most commonly, this type of coverage is something you get in addition to either an auto insurance or home insurance policy, as well as watercraft insurance.
This type of coverage is specifically about liability, which is the cost you might have to pay to somebody else for an unfortunate event where you are held responsible. It doesn't usually include losses you bear yourself, such as if your property is damaged or your possessions are stolen.
You'd usually get umbrella insurance when your main insurance policy has liability coverage limits that are too low for your needs. The policy will only pay out when your main policy has already paid out in full, and it will only pay out the remainder of your costs.
For example, if your auto policy covers liability up to $500,000 but you cause an accident that leaves the other driver with medical bills of $600,000, your main policy will pay out in full, and the umbrella policy will kick in for the remaining $100,000.
Umbrella insurance allows you to get more coverage if a claim goes over your auto, home, or watercraft policy's limits, which you'd have to pay for out-of-pocket otherwise.
If you have this type of insurance, it may cover members of your family or household. Be sure to understand who is covered by your specific policy when looking for coverage for your unique situation.
The policy itself will have its own limit, but this is less likely to be an issue. In addition, coverage might be more affordable than you might think. While it covers large potential payouts, the premium usually reflects the reduced risk that the policy will need to payout.
Are you ready to get additional protection for yourself and your family with umbrella insurance? Contact us to go over your unique needs in regards to an umbrella policy.