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How to Protect Yourself in an Accident with an Uninsured or Underinsured Driver

It is a requirement in most states for anyone who owns a vehicle to have at least liability insurance on their vehicle. Many people work to get around this requirement. In many cases, people will purchase insurance for their vehicle and maintain it long enough to have their vehicle legally registered. Once this is done, they will cancel the insurance policy. In a bad economy, the number of people driving without insurance increases significantly.

Uninsured Driver Study

A study conducted by the Insurance Research Council shows that approximately one out of every seven drivers on the road does not have insurance on their vehicle. On a national scale, this represents 14 percent of drivers operating vehicles without insurance. The state with the highest number of uninsured drivers is Mississippi and next is Tennessee and then Florida. The states with the lowest rate of uninsured drivers are New York, Maine, and Massachusetts.

Minimize Financial Impact

There are things a driver can do to minimize their financial losses after being in an accident with an uninsured or underinsured driver. It is possible to purchase insurance coverage designed to protect against accidents with an uninsured or underinsured driver. This insurance will provide protection if a driver is in an accident with someone who has no insurance or too little insurance. It can also protect against a driver who is a hit-and-run driver and leaves the scene of an accident.

Coverage

When a vehicle owner purchases uninsured coverage, it will cover the driver as well as relatives residing in the driver’s home. It will also apply to passengers in their vehicle at the time of an accident. It will provide compensation for any of these individuals who are injured when in an accident with an uninsured driver as well as a hit and run driver. Underinsured motorist coverage will cover the driver as well as relatives residing in the driver’s home. It will also apply to passengers in their vehicle at the time of an accident. This provides protection against being in an accident with a driver who does not have sufficient coverage to pay an accident claim. Uninsured and underinsured coverage will not pay for any property damage caused by the accident.

Suing Uninsured Or Underinsured Driver

When a person is in an accident with an uninsured or underinsured driver, it is possible to sue them for losses resulting from a vehicle accident. The only way this is effective is if the driver who is uninsured or underinsured has enough personal assets to reimburse an accident victim’s for their loss. In most situations, a driver who is uninsured or underinsured won’t have financial assets sufficient to compensate an accident victim. This means litigation may not be a viable way to obtain compensation for losses from this type of vehicle accident.

Won’t Exceed Primary Coverage

It is important for people to realize that uninsured and underinsured coverage won’t be more than the amount of a person’s primary coverage. Should someone have $150,000 in coverage for any vehicle accident they may cause, then their uninsured and underinsured coverage cannot exceed $150,000. With most vehicle insurance policies, this coverage is reasonable when compared to minimum liability coverage. It is better than dealing with not having coverage.

Filing A Claim

When a person is in an accident with someone who is uninsured or underinsured, they should contact their insurance company as soon as possible. It’s important to let them know they intend to file a claim. Many insurance companies have strict deadlines when it comes to filing an uninsured or underinsured claim. Often insurance companies require a claim to be submitted within 30 days after the accident. It’s important to tell the insurance company the other driver did not have insurance or refused to provide their insurance information. These claims usually require a little longer to settle.

An uninsured and underinsured insurance claim will follow the same process as any other vehicle accident claims. In this case, it will be the accident victim’s insurance company that will pay the claim. There will be an investigation, review of various records, police reports, depositions of witnesses as well as a review of medical records and more. It will often provide compensation in situations where there would not be any type of payment without this coverage.

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Insurance Terms 101: Speak Like an Insurance Agent!

The terminology used by an insurance agent can be daunting. Most of us have heard the terms numerous times, but cannot explain what they really mean. Not fully comprehending these terms can be problematic for the average consumer. These terms indicate the type of coverage the policy issues. If you choose the wrong one based on ignorance, your entire future could be at stake. The good news is that you don’t have to stay in the dark. Learn the parlance of an insurance agent to get the best policy for yourself.

In the World of Auto Insurance

The first car insurance distinction to know is the difference between insurer and insured. Although this seems fairly intuitive, it is easy to confuse. The insurer is the insurance agency that issues the policy. The insured is the named party on the policy. It can also refer to other parties that the policy covers.

Another often used, but misunderstood term is deductible. In insurance-talk, the deductible is a sum of money the insured will pay to activate the policy coverage. For example, when you are in an accident, you’ll pay a deductible before the policy will pick up the rest of the tab. The deductible is set in the insurance contract. When you sign up for a new policy, you will likely have the choice of several deductible options. The of the deductible will affect your monthly insurance payment.

Since we mentioned monthly payments we should discuss the premium. This term is just a fancy word for the money you must pay monthly or annually to maintain the policy. Premiums differ from agency to agency, and according to the type of coverage.

The term coverage can refer to a few different things. What the coverage means depends on which word it is paired with. Collision coverage means that the policy covers damage to your vehicle following an accident. Comprehensive coverage covers damage to your vehicle that occurs outside of a car accident.

There are other uses of coverage that are immediately recognizable. Medical payments coverage takes care of any health care bills or funeral costs. This coverage usually applies even if the accident is your fault. Bodily injury coverage is triggered when you are at fault. It covers the medical expenses of other parties. Finally, uninsured motorist coverage pays for the injuries of your vehicle’s occupants when an uninsured driver is at fault.

Learning About Life Insurance

One final area of insurance with confusing terminology is life insurance. This area is rife with unintelligible terms. The face amount is what is payable at death. This is usually the first number people look at when shopping policies.

When it comes to coverage, you may be confronted with term life or whole life terminology. With term life, coverage is effective for a predetermined period of time. If the insured dies within this time, his or her beneficiaries will be entitled to the policy funds. Whole life coverage continues throughout the insured’s lifetime. However, the premiums need to be satisfied to keep the policy active.

Traversing Health Insurance

Health insurance shares some general insurance terms with other types of coverage. When looking at health insurance plans, you’ll see the same references to deductibles and premiums. However, there are a couple of terms that are unique to this field of insurance.

You’ll need to have a good understanding of the co-payment. This is a small payment you’ll make for each visit to the doctor. You should also be aware of the meaning of co-insurance. This term will dictate how much you pay after the deductible is met. Typically policies will require you to pay 20% to 40% of the total medical bill.

Using the Jargon

Now that you understand some of the most commonly used insurance terms, you should have no problem choosing a policy. You can also feel confident speaking to an insurance agent without missing a beat. Knowing the jargon helps you comprehend what you are getting into. It also can help you to customize a policy that meets all of your needs.

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