Whether you’re getting auto insurance for the first or fifth time, the hardest choice to make is whether you would have limited or full tort. The choice between limited and full tort is made even harder with the confusing definition available on most insurance companies websites. Ultimately, it’s important to fully understand this concept in order to choose the option best for you and your family
What is tort?
According to Merriam Webster, tort is “a wrongful act, other than a breach of contract, [through] which relief may be obtained in the form of damages.” For motorists, that means this type of insurance essentially pays damages to the insured after an accident. Specifically, tort covers injuries you may receive from a run-in with another vehicle. The other party must be at fault, otherwise the tort option doesn’t come into effect.
With full tort, you retain the right to sue the at-fault party for more than medical expenses and other accident-related expenses, such as pain and suffering. In essence, full tort is a security blanket for your family. If injuries from an accident force you to rack up medical bills, rehab bills and remain out of work, your ability to sue for damages, including pain and suffering, can greatly ease the burden.
Which is right for me?
The main appeal of limited tort is the price. It’s considerably cheaper than full tort, and property damages and injuries are still covered. Limited tort, however, restricts what policy owners can include in a civil suit. Some major exceptions exist, which may allow for some compensation beyond medical under limited tort. For the most part, policy owners lose only the right to sue for pain and suffering, but that can be a devastating if the accident severely injured you.
Although full tort is considered the best option, choosing what’s right for you should be determined by your own needs and beliefs. One important question to ask yourself is whether or not you would sue the other party for damages. Although you would have the right to sue, you are never required to. If it goes against any beliefs you may have to pursue a suit, limited tort is just what the doctor ordered to help limit the cost of auto insurance. On the other hand, full tort provides the best security for your family, as it helps insure an accident doesn’t cause serious financial harm.
The truth is, there is no right or wrong answer. You have to decide whether or not you need the extra coverage of full tort, and if you can handle the extra expense each month on something you (hopefully) will never need to use. For more questions and to get a great rate on Colorado Car Insurance, contact an agent at Premier Group Insurance today.