What is umbrella insurance (personal umbrella policy/PUP)?
Protect yourself from a scenario where your "standard insurance" isn't enough. A personal umbrella policy (PUP) may be referred to as "umbrella insurance" because it provides liability coverage over and above your standard auto or homeowners insurance. It offers protection for you and family in your household against large and potentially devastating liability claims or judgments. In short, a personal umbrella policy kicks in right where your other liability underlying limits have been reached.
Why would you want umbrella insurance?
Personal umbrella policies are optional, but they do provide extra protection. Here's an example of why you might want one: You're at fault for an accident that injures another driver. Your auto policy liability coverage pays up to your limit; let's say it's $250,000. But the other driver has a high-paying job, and she can't work for six months because of her injuries. Now she's suing you for $1 million, and your car insurance only covers $250,000. Your personal umbrella policy can cover the difference up to your policy limits.
Consider these potential real-life PUP scenarios:
- An accident on your swing set causes serious injuries.
- A guest has an accident around your pool that requires surgery.
- You're burning leaves and cause a fire that damages neighborhood homes.
- You accidentally crash your boat into another boat.
- Your teen driver accidentally hits a pedestrian.
- A broken step causes your babysitter or a guest to have an accident.
- Your dog bites someone and you are sued for the damages.
- You post a negative online review that results in an alleged defamation lawsuit.
What is covered with umbrella insurance?
Allstate® Personal Umbrella Policies cover a wide range of losses, including damages arising out of a covered occurrence* anywhere in the world that you are legally obligated to pay because of:
- Bodily Injury: Medical costs, loss of income and funeral expenses of other people involved in an accident
- Personal Injury: False arrest, invasion of privacy, libel, slander, humiliation or defamation of another person's character
- Property Damage: Physical destruction of someone else's property, including the resulting loss of its use
Who is covered under a personal umbrella policy?
- You and your spouse
- Any person named on the Policy Declarations
- Any relative or dependent living with you
Umbrella insurance doesn't cover everything
While a PUP can keep you covered for many of life's unexpected scenarios, there are some occurrences that are not covered under the umbrella policy, such as liability or damages related to your business, your personal belongings, intentional or criminal acts or omissions and any written or oral contract.
Personal umbrella policy limits
Typically, personal umbrella policies are available in million-dollar increments from $1 million to $5 million. Allstate personal umbrella policies can also include coverage for the following situations:
- If you're sued over an incident covered by your PUP, Allstate may retain and pay for your attorney.
- You're protected no matter where you are—even when you're out of the country.
- You could be covered for wages lost due to a court appearance, up to the limits specified in your PUP policy.
What you need to get protected
In order to purchase an Allstate® Personal Umbrella Policy, you must have an auto or property insurance policy with Allstate that meets the required limits*. Below are the minimum coverage limits required for auto and property insurance, as well as other policies such as motorcycle, boat and motor home.
Minimum coverage needed before you can purchase PUP
Required liability limits
Primary and secondary residence
Residential rental property
Automobiles and motor homes
Umbrella insurance FAQs
Your property and vehicle insurance policies don't cover personal injury liability. Also, you could get sued for more than the underlying limits of the property or vehicle policy.
No. With increasing settlement awards over the years, it's important to have coverage that protects your assets and future wages.
Besides the extra liability protection, the policy provides you with defense costs, attorney fees, personal injury protection and worldwide coverage.
Yes! Your Allstate PUP will cover you even if you don't have boat insurance.
Calling Allstate as soon as possible can help speed up the claim process. Even if you don't have all the information, you can always provide us with additional details later.
The fact that you don't own a home won't stop someone from suing you after an accident or other unexpected event — and PUPs are designed to help protect you against liability claims. In fact, one of the most important reasons to have a PUP may be protecting your income from being garnished if you're found liable for damages