How much liability insurance is necessary for someone with limited assets?

I am a recent college graduate and just accepted a new job. I have my car (paid off), but no other assets. I am keeping full coverage because the car is worth close to $9,000, but how much liability do I really need if I don’t own anything else?

Answer
“Congrats on the new job! Even without significant assets, you should consider keeping sufficient liability insurance to cover you in the event of an accident.
Most agents will likely recommend keeping limits of $100,000 per person and $300,000 per accident for bodily injury liability, and at least $50,000 per accident for property damage liability.
Although some will advise lower limits, reasoning that you have limited assets, your future income is also an asset that should be considered. As things like your savings account and 401(k) grow, so should your liability protection.
If you decide to go with lower liability limits, compare the cost of increased limits frequently and raise your limits as soon as you are able to. “
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Shannon Martin
Answered on Apr 26, 2021
Shannon is an expert in personal lines liability insurance with 13 + years of insurance industry experience. She also served as a special insurance liaison to AARP members for 6 of those years. She is a graduate of UL Lafayette and currently resides in NY with her family. Shannon is also an amateur juggler, ukulele player, and is a time travel paradox theory enthusiast.
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