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Rick Howard: Can you expalin to me what are combined limits and split limits under an auto insurance policy? How do I review auto insurance limits for this?

Response: Please see the map attached for the auto insurance liablity limits for each state.
“Liability” is a legal term that refers to responsibility which one owes to another person’s injury or loss. While questions about who is liable for what are typically decided in court through the tort law as it is called. The liability settlements can be anywhere from thousands to millions of dollars. Having an insurance policy to protect you from such things is more than a good idea. In most states it’s the law.
Liability insurance is coverage from your car insurance company that pays the damages when you are in an car accident. Claims will cause an increase in your premiums, but that still far outweighs the alternative, which is a court settlement.

Liability insurance for cars comes in two basic types, based on how the insurance coverage limit is determined. The limit is the maximum your insurance company is required to pay on your behalf if you are in an accident. The different types are split limit and combined single limit policies.

A combined single limit combines property damage liability coverage and bodily injury coverage under one single combined limit. For example, an insured driver with a combine single liability limit strikes another vehicle and injures the driver and the passenger. Payments for the damages to the other driver’s car, as well as payments for injury claims for the driver and passenger, would be paid out under this same coverage.

A split limit liability coverage policy splits the coverages into property damage coverage and bodily injury coverage. In the example given above, payments for the other driver’s vehicle would be paid out under property damage coverage, and payments for the injuries would be paid out under bodily injury coverage.

Bodily injury liability coverage is also usually split as well into a maximum payment per person and a maximum payment per accident.
The split limits and the combined limits are smart ways for insurance companies to minimize their losses.

Now, here is a tip which you must always keep in mind that you must review both your split and combined limits individually and combined in order to decide whether they are optimum since for example if only one person is fataly wounded and that person is the key person if the limit per person (split limit) is only $500,000/- but your accident limit is 1 million you will get only $500,000 from the insurance company.
Review car insurance policy before you buy your insurance and even afterwards with any change.

Have a wonderful day.

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