What is Underinsured Motorist Coverage?
This post will explain why Underinsured motorist coverage (UIM) can be vital in protecting you and your family in the event of a car accident. Unfortunately, statistical data show that many drivers in California are operating motor vehicles without either inadequate insurance coverage, or no insurance at all.
In fact, in the state of California, the only requires motorists to hold a minimum insurance policy no more than $15,000 per person and $30,000 per incident. If you’re severely injured by someone holding a minimum insurance policy of $15,000, this could spell disaster for you or your family.
This is where Underinsured motorist coverage (UIM) and Uninsured motorist coverage (UM) can help protect you. UIM and UM are types of insurance that provides protection for the policyholder in the event that they are involved in an accident with a driver who does not have enough liability insurance to fully compensate them for their injuries and damages.
When an individual is involved in an accident with an underinsured motorist, their own UIM coverage will kick in to cover the difference between the limits of the underinsured motorist’s liability coverage and the policyholder’s own damages.
For example, if an individual is involved in an accident with an underinsured motorist who only has liability coverage of $15,000, but their own medical damages are $100,000, their UIM coverage would cover the remaining $85,000.
Here are a few reasons why UIM coverage is important:
- Protection against underinsured drivers: UIM coverage provides protection for the policyholder in the event that they are involved in an accident with a driver who does not have enough liability insurance to cover their damages. Without UIM coverage, the policyholder would have to pay for any additional damages out of their own pocket.
- Coverage for medical expenses: UIM coverage can provide coverage for medical expenses, including hospital bills, doctor’s visits, and rehabilitation. These expenses can be substantial, and without UIM coverage, the policyholder may be responsible for paying them.
- Coverage for lost wages: UIM coverage can also provide coverage for lost wages if an individual is unable to work as a result of injuries sustained in an accident with an underinsured motorist.
- Protection in case of high damages: Many states have minimum liability limits that are not enough to cover high damages, such as medical expenses or property damage, in case of serious accidents. UIM coverage can provide added protection in these cases.
- Cost-effective option: UIM coverage is typically less expensive than purchasing additional liability coverage. It can be an affordable way for individuals to protect themselves from financial losses.
It’s important to note that not all states require UIM coverage, but there is no doubt it is invaluable protection. It’s essential to review your policy and check with your insurance company to find out if UIM coverage is available to you, and if you have any questions please reach out and we’ll be happy to assist you to determine if you have UIM coverage.