What you should know about auto insurance coverage (from the perspective of a auto accident lawyer):
#1: For some reason that I will never understand, some insurance agents will sell you an auto insurance policy that has higher limits (coverage) for liability, and smaller limits for uninsured motorist coverage. This is crazy. A typical policy that we see carries $100/300 coverage for liability, and $15/30 coverage for uninsured motorist. By law, uninsured motorist coverage includes underinsured motorist coverage. This means that if you cause an accident, the people you hurt have up to $300,000 in coverage available to them (per accident) if their injuries warrant that amount of money, with a limit of $100,000 per person. But, if you are out driving with your friends and someone else causes an accident and you and your friends all get injured badly, then you are guaranteed to only have $15,000 per person, and $30,000 per accident available to you. If you have four friends in a car the car with you, then you we each are going to be stuck with $6000 if the other driver has no or minimal insurance. This happens way too often. And for some reason, it tends to happen when there’s been a tragic accident. It is not sensible to rely on others to obtain an adequate amount of insurance to protect you. This is ultimately your responsibility. Please look at your coverage and make sure that your uninsured motorist coverage matches your liability coverage.