Meeting the minimum car insurance requirements does not mean you’re adequately insured. In fact, insurers will see this as being underinsured. In Illinois for example, a $20,000 property damage liability coverage isn’t enough if you collide with a high-end vehicle. The repairs alone will quickly eat up your coverage. After it’s all used up, you’ll have to pay out-of-pocket.
If you have adequate health and life insurance, you may not need a huge car insurance coverage. Generally, your car insurance coverage is the first to be used up if you are involved in a vehicular accident. Then, you may use your health and life insurance policies to pay for medical bills, if applicable. One extension of car insurance policies is Personal Injury Protection (PIP) coverage, which covers your medical expenses, regardless of who is at fault. If you avail of this with your car insurance policy, and you also have life and health insurance policies, you need only take out the minimum PIP coverage.
Collision coverage is generally sold with a separate deductible. Even if you are at fault for the accident, your collision coverage will reimburse you for the costs of repairing your car, minus the deductible. If you're not at fault, your insurance company may try to recover the amount they paid you from the other driver’s insurance company and, if they are successful, you'll also be reimbursed for the deductible.
Please note that this website provides only a summary of auto insurance, written to illustrate in general terms how auto insurance works. Your insurance policy is the legal contract that contains the terms and limitations of your coverage. You should carefully review the contents of your policy. All products and coverages are subject to availability and limitations. Whether an accident or other loss is covered is subject to the terms and conditions of your insurance policy.