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What's An Umbrella Insurance And Do I Need It?

Updated: May 12, 2023


Whether you possess a home, car, or boat, you're probably covered by main insurance plans covering liability for each asset. Unfortunately, your primary policy limits may not be sufficient to cover all claimed damages, causing financial hardship. This is when umbrella insurance comes into play.

Umbrella liability insurance is intended to provide additional protection against the costs of:

  • Claims for bodily injury to others caused by a car accident, boat incident, fall, or other covered accidents claimed against you.

  • Claims made against you for insured damage to the property of others.

  • Personal culpability for accusations such as libel, slander, character defamation, and invasion of privacy.

  • Out-of-pocket expenses associated with each of these (or other) covered incidents.

Furthermore, with increasing dollar amounts awarded by juries in personal car liability cases, driven in part by social inflation1, it is critical to protect your income and assets.

Who Should Get Umbrella Insurance?

Anyone with assets they want to safeguard should think about getting umbrella insurance. Consider the following examples:

  • Dangers in the Household - Trampolines and swimming pools may cause significant injuries and liability claims.

  • Slip and Fall Claims - Someone could slip and fall on your property, injuring themselves. This can apply to your primary residence as well as if you own one or more additional properties.

  • Family Issues - Consider your culpability if your adolescent commits a severe car accident.

These are only a few instances of the hazards that may necessitate the purchase of umbrella insurance. Other potential dangers might be discussed with an insurance representative.

Another major reason to buy umbrella insurance is for peace of mind. Mistakes and accidents happen in life. Someone could be gravely wounded on your property or while driving, including friends or visiting loved ones.

When anything like this happens, you'll know you went above and above to help cover the costs if you're found to be at fault.

How Much Umbrella Protection Do I Require?

Umbrella plans often have amounts ranging from $1 million to $10 million. To help you decide how much coverage you need, add up the worth of your property and financial assets, such as:

  • Automobiles, boats, and other modes of transportation.

  • Jewelry, paintings, antiques, and other things are all available.

  • Equity in your home or equity in other properties you own.

  • Cash, savings accounts, CDs, and bonds are all options.

  • 401(k), IRA, and other retirement plans.

  • Equities, bonds, and other types of investment accounts.

Bear in mind that the specific assets you could lose as a consequence of a judgment may differ depending on the state. Once you've determined the total worth of your assets, consult with your insurance representative to determine the amount of umbrella coverage that is appropriate for you.

It's also a good idea to assess your coverage on a regular basis and make any necessary adjustments to reflect any changes in your assets over time.

How Much Is Umbrella Insurance?

Umbrella insurance is typically regarded relatively reasonable. Your exact cost will be determined by elements unique to your case. Ask your insurance salesperson if you may save money on rates by bundling coverage with the same insurance company.

Is an Umbrella Policy Beneficial?

If you're thinking about getting umbrella insurance, keep this in mind: you hope you never have to use it, but if you do, you'll be glad you did. Umbrella coverage kicks in if the liability limits of your house, vehicles, or watercraft insurance are exceeded. It's a cost-effective approach to protect your assets now and avoid substantial financial difficulty later.

Are you prepared to protect yourself today and in the future? Give Retcho Agency a call for more information.

Need help? Contact us and get your umbrella insurance coverage quote.

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