Uninsured/Underinsured (UM/UIM) motorist coverage provides insurance coverage to you, your resident relatives, no matter whose car they are in, and to those using your car if the at fault driver has no insurance or has minimal insurance. It is important to remember that if your coverage is the Virginia minimum of $25,000.00 and the at fault driver has the Virginia minimum of $25,000.00 in liability coverage, your UM/UIM coverage will not help. In order for your UM/UIM coverage to provide additional protection, your insurance coverage limit for UM/UIM coverage has to be more than the other driver's liability coverage. For example, if a family member gets in an accident with a driver who has $50,000.00 in liability coverage, unless your UM/UIM coverage is more than $50,000.00, it does not "kick in".
Since many people are driving around with only $25,000.00 in liability insurance coverage, it is important to talk to your insurance agent about UM/UIM coverage. I believe this is particularly important when teenagers begin to drive since UM/UIM insurance can protect your family members if they are a passenger in a friend's car.