GEICO says umbrella insurance offers a canopy of extra protection for your financial assets

Washington, D.C., December 06, 2016 – Uh-oh. What if you accidentally hit and injure a bicyclist at a busy intersection? Or, you cause a multi-vehicle accident. Your insurance policy will cover damages and liability up to a specific dollar amount. Anything over that amount means you will have to personally cover the difference.

Umbrella insurance offers an extra layer of protection for your financial assets and helps protect you from catastrophic financial personal losses.

Here's how it works. Your primary auto, homeowners, motorcycle, and boat insurance policies each contain limits. If an accident happens and someone is injured or there is property damage well above the dollar amount specified on your primary insurance coverage, you will be held financially responsible to cover medical bills, legal fees and property damage in most cases.

A single umbrella policy offers a safety net by adding additional liability coverage above the current limits on your primary policies. Umbrella insurance also protects you against certain legal situations, including libel and slander that aren't typically covered by other policies.
GEICO infographic about the benefits of umbrella coverage

GEICO (Government Employees Insurance Company) is a member of the Berkshire Hathaway family of companies and is the second-largest private passenger auto insurance company in the United States. GEICO, which was founded in 1936, provides millions of auto insurance quotes to U.S. drivers annually. The company is pleased to serve more than 15 million private passenger customers, insuring more than 24 million vehicles (auto & cycle).

Using GEICO's online service center, policyholders can purchase policies, make policy changes, report claims and print insurance ID cards. Policyholders can also connect to GEICO through the GEICO App, reach a representative over the phone or visit a GEICO local agent.

GEICO also provides insurance quotes on motorcycles, all-terrain vehicles (ATVs), boats, travel trailers and motorhomes (RVs). Coverage for life, homes and apartments is written by non-affiliated insurance companies and is secured through the GEICO Insurance Agency, Inc. Commercial auto insurance and personal umbrella protection are also available.

For more information, go to www.geico.com.