How Does Umbrella Insurance Work?

Umbrella insurance is personal liability insurance that will kick in if your claim is larger than your homeowners or auto insurance coverage limit. Umbrella insurance can also cover additional liability that may not be included in these policies, such as libel, slander, and false imprisonment. Umbrella insurance cannot be purchased separately. It must be purchased as additional coverage when you already have homeowners and auto insurance in place.

Many things could happen that could cause you to get sued, to the point where your home insurance is not enough. This could include your dog attacking a neighbor, your daughter getting into a fight at school, causing a ten car pileup while driving, or your teenager throwing a house party that breaks multiple things in the house or injuries that gets you sued by party guests or when someone gets a DUI. If any of these events happen and your primary coverage is not enough, then umbrella insurance comes into the picture.

Court Fees

If one of these things happens and you get sued, and the jury sides with the person who sued you, you will have to pay damages. If those costs were to reach $1 million, but your homeowner’s insurance only covers $500,000, you would be on the hook for that additional money. Without umbrella insurance, money may come out of retirement accounts, savings, or future wages will be taken.  

It can be hard to determine if you need umbrella insurance, but it can’t hurt to have it because of the risks we face in day to day life. If the total value of your assets is greater than the limits on your home insurance, then it’s smart to purchase the additional coverage. An insurance agent at Armor Insurance Group in Virginia Beach, VA can help determine your risk and how much additional coverage you should purchase to protect your assets.

Contact Armor Insurance Group serving Virginia Beach, VA, to get a quote on umbrella insurance.