If you are involved in a car accident that causes harm to another person or his property, you may be held liable for all subsequent costs, including medical bills, property repair, and pain and suffering. Liability insurance covers those expenses for you. You might be the world’s best driver, but if an accident happens that is deemed to be your fault, it won’t matter: you will be the one liable for damages to your vehicle—not the other driver.
Though some drivers may wonder why the law demands liability auto insurance, it is certainly in your best interest to have it. Even a minor fender-bender can result in vehicle damage, whiplash, and lost wages. Those outcomes can cost you hundreds—if not thousands—of dollars in fees. Though liability coverage is the only type of auto insurance required by the state of California, you should consider collision and comprehensive insurance as well. Collision insurance offers financial coverage for your vehicle in the event of an accident, and comprehensive insurance protects your car from other incidents such as theft or flood.
At its most basic, auto insurance is a contract that guarantees payment for damages during the use and ownership of a vehicle. There are multiple components of an auto insurance policy, and consumers can pick and choose the coverage they need—though some protections are required by law. The most fundamental coverage protects motorists against liability and property damage from a collision. Other policy types include comprehensive insurance, medical coverage, uninsured motorists protection, and personal injury protection.
State law requires that California drivers obtain a minimum amount of liability insurance. That includes a minimum liability protection of $15,000 against the death or injury of one person in an accident, and $30,000 for all involved parties. You must also obtain at least $5,000 in property damage liability protection. Of course, for optimal protection, most drivers purchase more than the mandated minimum coverage. Talk to your agent about your individual coverage needs.
A 2008 study by the Insurance Research Council found that a full 18 percent of California drivers lacked even basic liability coverage. This is despite the fact that driving without insurance in California could lead to fines or the suspension of your license. Without insurance, you’re also exposing yourself to substantial levels of personal liability. Purchasing at least a minimum amount of coverage is essential.
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