Maybe its different where you are. While you aren't getting collision, typically liability also has comprehensive coverage. Meaning, things like theft or fire or hitting a dear. You may very well still have your car repaired. Nevertheless, one might assume the same scrutiny applies to a liability claim, although, I've not heard of examples.
You are sort of in a logic loop. You're upset that insurance companies don't just pay, but you intentionally buy from the ones that don't just pay (ie the cheapest rates).
you are absolutely right. i do. but i didn't always. i spent half of my adult life with reputable companies, and the well to do customers at the bike shop weren't using cut rate insurance, either. i on;ly changed after getting burned a few times.
i believe it is different here. liability, in my state, covers damages to the other people's property and personal injury. as far as i know, liability, here, doesn't cover more than that nless you upgrade your policy.
but, you do make a good point: that's car and motorcycle liability. i am not really completely sure what boat liability covers, outside of damages to other people's property and personal injury. that is something i will have to look over, carefully, when i sign up.