June 24, 2018

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What Happens if You’re Hurt by an Uninsured or Underinsured Motorist?

Car Crash

Most, but not all, states require drivers to carry liability insurance. Arizona, New Hampshire, and Virginia do not, but they still hold drivers financially responsible for accidents they cause. Legal or not, there are many drivers out there who are not insured. And those who are typically only purchase the minimum insurance which means that their policy limits may not be enough to pay for your injuries. So, what happens if you are hurt by an uninsured or underinsured motorist?

Uninsured/Underinsured Motorist Coverage

Best case scenario, you are covered by uninsured/underinsured motorist coverage (UM/UIM). You may have it and not even know. You may have it on your own car or be covered by another household member’s policy, even if you weren’t in their car. UM/UIM can even cover you in a pedestrian accident. An experienced auto accident attorney will look for any and all UM/UIM coverage available in your case.

If you’re reading this out of curiosity, not because you’ve already been in an accident, now is the time to find out if you have UM/UIM protection and get it if you don’t. When you consider the reasons why people drive without insurance, or without enough, it may be more valuable to you than your own liability insurance. Common reasons why people choose to drive uninsured include:

  • They don’t have a driver’s license
  • They can’t afford insurance, so they definitely can’t pay for your injuries
  • Their driving history is so bad they can’t get insurance, so they are highly likely to cause another accident

Other Causes and Contributing Factors

It could also be that your accident, or the severity of your injuries, had another cause. If your accident or injuries were the result of a defective vehicle or defective roadway, an experienced and knowledgeable motor vehicle accident attorney will seek compensation from responsible parties other than the uninsured or underinsured driver.

To learn more about your options if you have been hurt by an uninsured or underinsured driver, please, contact an experienced motor vehicle accident attorney right away.

About Sandra Dalton

With a background as a paralegal, focusing on criminal defense and civil rights, Sandra Dalton launched her freelance writing career in 2000 with a weekly column on Freedom for Suite 101 and pro bono projects for individuals and organizations supporting causes close to her heart. One of her first projects was for the Police Compliant Center writing about police misconduct. Sandra’s legal writing quickly expanded to include personal injury, animal welfare, criminal defense, disability discrimination, family law and much more.

Sandra’s other writing around the web includes a broad range of topics such as food, pet health, feral cats, music and film. Sandra is also a fine art photographer, helps with animal rescue and TNR in her community, and volunteers as a DJ at her local radio station.