California drivers are required to have at least $15K/$30K/$5K in liability coverage. In English, this means your policy must cover at least $30k in bodily injury expenses, with a max per injured person of $15k, and $5k in property damage. This covers damages inflicted upon the third-party in the event you’re at fault for an accident.
You can be held liable for damages which exceed your policy. This can be particularly dangerous if you have a high paying job or lots of assets, because third parties will be more likely to take you to court. A bad wreck with inadequate coverage can easily bankrupt someone, even if he or she is financially successful.
How Much Insurance Should I have?
It all depends on your financial situation. I would recommend that the average person have at least $100k/$300k/$50k in liability coverage. This is actually pretty conservative. A bad accident can easily spill into the $1 million range. I would recommend that you try and get as close to $1 million in bodily injury liability coverage as your budget allows.
In addition to liability coverage, it is also wise to have collision coverage and comprehensive coverage. Collision coverage ensures that your insurance will pay to have your own vehicle repaired even if you’re at fault. Comprehensive coverage will cover repairs for incidents such as robbery and falling tree branches. Finally, uninsured and underinsured motorist coverage might be a good idea if you don’t have good health insurance. This ensures that your insurance will cover your medical bills and repairs if a third-party is at fault but has no insurance or insufficient insurance. Many drivers are uninsured or underinsured, so this feature could save you a lot in medical expenses if your medical insurance isn’t great.
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