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Every state requires that drivers carry liability insurance. The liability coverage section of an auto insurance policy provides financial protection from liability claims against you when you (or certain other people) cause an accident that results in bodily injuries to other people and/or damage to their property. Every state has mandatory minimum levels of coverage in this area. The rationale behind such laws is that at-fault drivers should be able to compensate victims who suffer accident-related losses. But the required minimums in most states don't even come close to covering the costs of a serious accident. Consequently, if you wish to be adequately protected from liability claims, your liability coverage should probably exceed your state's requirements.

Other coverages are required in some states and optional in others. Medical payments coverage and uninsured/underinsured motorist coverage are two such coverages. Medical payments coverage covers medical expenses incurred by you, your family members, and your non-family passengers. Uninsured/underinsured motorist coverage covers losses you and others suffer as a result of an accident caused by a driver who either has no insurance or insufficient insurance. If buying these coverages is optional in your state, base your decision on your needs, circumstances, and other factors. Consult your insurance agent for more information.

Collision and comprehensive insurance is optional in virtually every state. The collision and comprehensive section of your policy covers physical damage to your own vehicle resulting from collisions and a variety of other causes (e.g., fire, falling objects). It may also cover losses associated with theft. However, your car's value plays a big part in assessing your need for this type of coverage. It may not be cost-effective if your vehicle is worth less than $1,000 because you'll have to satisfy a deductible, and the most you'll receive (even if your car is totaled) will be its actual value (i.e., after depreciation). That's not much, especially taking into account the premiums you would have been paying for coverage.

Mary works in US for a media company, occasionally writing for the biggest car insurance news portal, and drinking too much coffee.


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California wildfires: New bills aim to ease insurance headaches - The Mercury News


The Mercury News

California wildfires: New bills aim to ease insurance headaches
The Mercury News
SACRAMENTO — California lawmakers on Tuesday took aim at the insurance industry after hearing “horror stories” from constituents struggling to rebuild in the aftermath of a record-setting wildfire season that caused more than $9 billion in damages ...
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MJ Insurance Adds Rarick as Risk Management Consultant in Arizona - Insurance Journal


MJ Insurance Adds Rarick as Risk Management Consultant in Arizona
Insurance Journal
MJ Insurance has added Justin Rarick as a risk management consultant in its Phoenix, Ariz. office. Rarick is responsible for driving sales and service to new and existing clients. Rarick previously was a commercial claims specialist at Nationwide ...

Enlarging insurance pool makes sense - Baltimore Sun


Baltimore Sun

Enlarging insurance pool makes sense
Baltimore Sun
Dan Morhaim for his continuing focus on improving the state's procurement processes to benefit taxpayers (“Pooling insurance makes sense for Maryland,” Jan. 10). Once again, he proposes an innovative approach to saving taxpayer dollars and improving ...

At GE, $6.2 Billion Charge for Finance Unit Hurts CEO's Turnaround Push - New York Times


Reuters

At GE, $6.2 Billion Charge for Finance Unit Hurts CEO's Turnaround Push
New York Times
The newly disclosed trouble surfaced in one of those, a reinsurance unit, North American Life and Health, mainly because of the higher-than-expected cost of reinsuring long-term care policies sold by other insurers. After examining the trend in claims ...
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Oklahoma Says Farmowners Insurance Program Insurer, Rockingham, not Licensed - Insurance Journal


Oklahoma Says Farmowners Insurance Program Insurer, Rockingham, not Licensed
Insurance Journal
The Oklahoma Insurance Department says a farmowners insurance program being advertised in Oklahoma is not valid because the insurer, Rockingham Casualty Company, is not licensed to operate in the state. In early January, Rockingham Casualty and Edmond ...

The number of Americans without health insurance jumped by 3.2 million in 2017 — and Congress could be to blame - Business Insider

E&S Exit: State Auto's Rockhill Sells Environmental Insurance Renewals to CapSpecialty - Insurance Journal


E&S Exit: State Auto's Rockhill Sells Environmental Insurance Renewals to CapSpecialty
Insurance Journal
“CapSpecialty is committed to offering our wholesale brokers and insured customers access to strong environmental coverage, and Rockhill's appetite, products and focus on small to mid-sized business are all well aligned with those of CapSpecialty ...

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Troubles Push GE to Consider a Breakup - Wall Street Journal


Wall Street Journal

Troubles Push GE to Consider a Breakup
Wall Street Journal
General Electric Co. GE -2.93% is considering breaking itself apart, a dramatic move that would mark the end of one of the oldest and largest U.S. conglomerates. The 125-year-old business, which was once the most valuable U.S. company and still employs ...

Insurance Industry Bands Together to Make a Difference in North Carolina City - Insurance Journal


Insurance Journal

Insurance Industry Bands Together to Make a Difference in North Carolina City
Insurance Journal
A group of insurance and risk management professionals are working together to make a difference in one of North Carolina's largest cities. The group, Community Matters: Insurance Partners of Charlotte, started in 2012 to help raise funds to build a ...

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