What happens when insurance doesn’t fully cover an accident?

Can insurance run out?

Insurance is supposed to be a way to protect you and your family from financial burdens when there’s an emergency. But what happens when your insurance plan doesn’t fully cover your bills? Many people think as long as they have insurance, they are adequately covered when anything goes wrong, but sometimes that isn’t the case. Here are the things that you should consider when shopping for insurance to minimize the possibility of paying out-of-pocket.

What is minimum Liability Coverage

Minimum liability coverage typically refers to government-mandated car insurance. This is the absolute minimum amount of coverage you can have to be legal. These requirements vary state-by-state, but most follow a similar standard. Texas requires drivers to have at minimum a $30,000 per person and $60,000 per accident bodily injury liability, as well as a $25,000 property damage liability plan. While this may be helpful if you get into a small fender-bender, these plans likely won’t cover a serious accident or property damage on a nicer car.

When it comes to liability coverage on other types of insurance not required by law, there is still a minimum amount that companies will provide as you choose your plan. While your insurer will provide a recommendation to you, it’s always a good idea to do your research and pick the plan that will give you the best coverage. The least expensive plan is not likely to adequately cover you in most cases.

How Do I Choose the Best Plan?

A plan’s summary of benefits should clearly define how much you’ll have to pay out-of-pocket for specific services. In the case of medical insurance, this can include things like co-pays, deductibles, and coinsurance. In general, your out-of-pocket costs will be lower if you have higher premiums. Higher premium and less out-of-pocket is good if you see a physician or seek emergency care frequently, take medications regularly, or are expecting surgery or a baby in the future. This plan is much better at protecting you in the event of an emergency. Lower monthly premiums and higher out-of-pocket pay is an option for people who rarely see a doctor. This can still be a risky choice because you will be minimally protected should something unexpected come up with your health. If there is an emergency, you will likely pay a large potion of the bills out-of-pocket.

Higher insurance premiums may initially look like the costlier of the two options, but in the long run it’s the safer route and will likely save you money. Whether it’s medical insurance, car insurance, home insurance, or something else, paying more now will ensure you’re protected in the future.