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When Does Umbrella Insurance Kick In?

The idea of being sued is strange. Nobody considers what it’s like until it’s already happening. Unfortunately, it’s not an entirely unique experience. If you’re up against legal problems, umbrella insurance could save the day. That’s why we at Smucker Insurance Agency, Inc want every resident of Plain City, OH, to understand how umbrella policies work.

You Lose a Liability Case

The primary purpose of umbrella insurance is to pay liability damages that are awarded by a court. A common example is in a car accident. If a person is injured in a car accident and they sue you for damages, a court might rule that you owe them compensation. Before umbrella insurance kicks in, your auto policy will cover liability damages that are awarded. Still, if the amount is greater than your auto policy can cover, the umbrella policy steps in to make up the difference (up to the limit of the umbrella policy). With the second insurance, you aren’t paying out of pocket to cover liability.

You Have Legal Expenses

You don’t have to lose a court case to use umbrella insurance. Its other central role is to help you deal with legal expenses. If you get sued for damages and don’t lose your case, you’re still going to owe money to lawyers, and you still might incur court fees. If you have an existing policy that covers the legal fees, it will pay before you turn to umbrella insurance. However, if legal defense costs more than your other policies can handle, the umbrella policy steps in to make up the difference. 

It’s important to understand that you don’t have to be among the wealthiest citizens of Plain City, OH, to benefit from an umbrella policy. You can get substantial umbrella coverage for surprisingly affordable prices. Check with your Smucker Insurance Agency, Inc. representative to see your options.