I was in a car wreck yesterday. It was probably my fault. I looked at my automobile liability insurance policy and it says that I have liability limits of $50,000 / $100,000. What does that mean?
It means that for any one car wreck that is your fault your insurance company will pay a person injured in the wreck up to $50,000 in losses and damages they suffer. If more than one person is injured in the wreck, the company will pay, on your behalf, up to $100,000 but no more than $50,000 for any one person.
So, if one person was hurt in the wreck, the insurer will pay no more than $50,000 in damages. If two people were hurt, the insurer will pay up to $100,000, but no more than $50,000 per person. If three people were hurt, the insurer will pay up to $100,000, but no more than $50,000 per person. Note that each person who is injured does not automatically get $50,000 – they must demonstrate amount of their damages and can recover up to $50,000 each.
To the extent that a person injured in the wreck has claim worth more than $50,000 you are personally responsible for the amount of damages over $50,000 if the wreck was your fault.
Your policy also has a separate provision for paying property damage to the other driver’s car if it is determined that the wreck was your fault.
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