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Using Insurance After an Accident

Anderson Franco Law

After an accident, you can turn to insurance to compensate you. Deciphering insurance information after an accident is confusing — but it doesn’t have to be. Understanding your coverage options is essential, especially if the at-fault driver’s insurance falls short. Here we explain how uninsured/underinsured motorist coverage can come to your aid and what steps you can take to protect yourself.

The Initial Setback: Limited Coverage

Imagine you’re rear-ended by another driver, only to find out they have a mere $15,000 in medical coverage. Meanwhile, you have liability coverage but lack additional medical protection. This situation can leave you wondering how you’ll manage the expenses beyond the at-fault driver’s coverage limit.

The Lifesaver: Uninsured/Underinsured Motorist Coverage

Thankfully, uninsured/underinsured motorist coverage is designed precisely for scenarios like this. It acts as a safety net when the other driver’s insurance isn’t enough to cover your damages. Despite the at-fault driver technically being insured, their coverage might fall short of your needs.

Bridging the Gap: How Uninsured/Underinsured Motorist Coverage Works

When your medical expenses exceed the $15,000 limit of the at-fault driver’s liability coverage, your uninsured/underinsured motorist coverage steps in to cover the rest, up to the limits of your policy. This means you still have a chance to receive adequate compensation for your medical bills, easing the financial strain on you.

It’s important to note that the application of uninsured/underinsured motorist coverage can vary based on your policy’s terms and the laws in your state. Familiarize yourself with the specifics of your coverage to ensure you know what to expect in such situations. Consulting with your insurance provider or a legal professional specializing in insurance matters can provide valuable insights tailored to your circumstances.

Exploring Additional Coverage: Underinsured Motorist Protection

But what if the at-fault driver had $15,000 in coverage? In such cases, your “uninsured” motorist coverage might not apply. However, many uninsured motorist policies also include “underinsured” motorist coverage, offering additional protection beyond the at-fault driver’s limits, up to your policy maximums.

When faced with medical bills surpassing the at-fault driver’s coverage, seeking legal counsel can be beneficial. Experienced personal injury attorneys can offer invaluable guidance, often providing free consultations to assess your situation and explore your options. Their expertise can help you navigate the complexities of insurance claims and ensure you receive the compensation you deserve.

Experienced personal injury attorneys know specific laws to reduce your medical bills. For example Section 3040 is a common statute that can be applied to reduce medical bills. To learn more about this read the article here.

Empowering Yourself After an Accident

After an accident, understanding your insurance coverage and rights is crucial. Don’t hesitate to explore your options and seek assistance if needed. By familiarizing yourself with uninsured/underinsured motorist coverage and consulting with legal professionals, you can empower yourself to navigate insurance matters with confidence and secure the compensation you’re entitled to.

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