Lawyer in California for Car Accident with Uninsured Driver
If you or someone you love or depend on suffered injuries in a car accident with an uninsured or underinsured driver, what can you do? Fortunately, you do have options depending on your own insurance coverage. This complicated question is one you should not try to figure out on your own. Ryan Sargent, a car accident lawyer in California, can help you.
The Facts on Uninsured Drivers in California
California law requires every driver to carry a minimum of $15,000 per person and $30,000 per accident in bodily injury liability coverage and a minimum of $5,000 property damage coverage. But there were over 4.1 million uninsured drivers as of 2012, according to the Insurance Research Council, making California an exceptionally bad place to have a motor vehicle accident.
Further, even if the other driver does have insurance, that money might not cover everything. For example, you were sitting at a red light when the car behind you barreled into you. You suffered injuries, missed work, and have been pursuing medical treatment to cope with the pain you suffered. But the other driver who rear-ended you only carried the statutory minimum of $15,000 in bodily injury liability coverage. Your medical expenses alone could be much more than that.
So what can you do if you are in an accident with an uninsured or underinsured driver?
Your Options to Recover Damages after an Accident with an Uninsured Motorist
You do have options after getting into an accident with an uninsured or underinsured driver. California allows drivers to purchase uninsured and underinsured motorist coverage (UM/UIM), also known as Uninsured Motorist Bodily Injury Coverage, in an amount equal to the maximum liability policy you already carry. This policy protects you in the event that the person who hits you is either uninsured or underinsured. There is a similar policy known as the Uninsured Motorist Vehicle Damage Coverage that protects your property.
UM/UIM protection is not mandatory, so you will have to check if you have it on your policy. Other insurance coverage may also be available to you, such as collision coverage that covers property damage you suffer regardless of fault. You may also have to rely on your health insurance coverage in some cases.
Work with attorney Ryan Sargent to go over every insurance policy available to you and identify coverage options that can help. Contact us today for help navigating this complicated situation. Call 888-501-6083.