Why does it matter if I do not have enough insurance?

This is actually a two-part question. 

First, you may not have enough liability insurance — the type of insurance that protects you in the event you cause a wreck and harm someone else.  If you don’t have enough liability insurance, then the person or persons can not only come after your insurance company, but you personally. A judgment against you could cause you to lose your personal assets.   A judgment is a big deal.  It can ruin your credit and make it difficult to rent, lease or buy a home or car.    Taking your physical assets is harder, but it can be done.   For example, in Texas, most people can’t take your homestead or garnish your wages, but someone could take your bank accounts after you deposit your paycheck.  That’s obviously a problem.
 
Second, you may not have enough coverage against uninsured/underinsured motorists. You need enough coverage to protect yourself in case you’re in a wreck someone else has caused.  When you don’t have enough coverage, any recovery you make will probably go toward paying your doctors’ and hospital bills (and often, it won’t even cover all of those). There likely won’t be enough to compensate you for your lost earnings, pain, mental anguish, impairment and the other elements of damage you’re entitled to recover. 

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