Why Auto Insurance Is Important

by : Amy Nut

Many of us need automobiles to get from place to place, so we all know how useful they can be while also recognizing the fact that driving an automobile is dangerous. You might be careful in obeying traffic laws, but you never know when someone else will not and be the cause of an accident that involves you. Then again, mistakes do happen and you never know when something may occur that you will be at fault. These are reasons why it is important to have auto insurance.

However, auto insurance covers much more than just collisions. There are times when certain acts of nature may occur such as a hail storm or a falling tree that may cause damage to an automobile and it would cost too much money out of pocket to fix these things. The insurance will sometimes charge a small deductible depending on the type of accident that has occurred, but the cost is minimal compared to what it would cost to fix an automobile on your own.

A world without auto insurance

Just imagine what a world without auto insurance would be like. First of all, people who are at fault in accidents would be paying money to the accident victims out of their wages and other income for years to come. Those who have been injured in an accident at no fault of their own are entitled to have their medical bills, vehicle repairs, and other expenses paid by the insurance of the person who was at fault. If the person at fault does not have insurance, then they do have to pay those expenses out of their pocket. Many people have been known to lose major assets because they did not pay the minimal cost of having auto insurance to prevent such losses.

Then there are those natural disasters that we have absolutely no control over. There have been many overturned trees from high winds that have decided to fall the direction of someone's brand new car. There have also been the occasional hail storms throwing golf ball-sized hail out of the sky at the many automobiles below. This can cause thousands of dollars in damage that goes beyond the scope of what most individuals can afford straight out of their pocket.

So why is it important?

It is probably already quite obvious to see why having auto insurance is very important. If not, then look at it this way:

• You are protecting your automobile, one of the largest investments you make in your life.
• You are able to pay for medical bills if an accident occurs.
• You don't have to feel the biggest part of an accident-related lawsuit.
• Protects assets that you've worked hard for from being lost due to a lawsuit.
• Protects you from those motorists that may not have insurance of their own.
• Not only pays for accidents and weather-related incidents, but also pays for vandalism and theft.
• You know you are protected every single time you hit the road.

However, this brings about another point. It is very important that you review your insurance policy and make sure you understand all of it since every policy is different. Depending on a person's financial situation, they may choose a certain type of coverage over another for a variety of reasons. This can be because they want to cut premium costs because they simply cannot afford higher coverage or another reason that they find they don't need extensive coverage. These things should be considered carefully because you never know when one accident may be the event that causes you to lose many of your assets in order to satisfy the cost of a lawsuit settlement.