Uninsured-Underinsured Motorist Coverage

May 27, 2017 · Posted in General Articles on Car Insurance 
by Susan Reynolds

Although nearly every state requires that drivers carry at least liability insurance for their cars, the fact is that many do not. In some cases, uninsured or underinsured drivers can cause damage to your car, and then either don’t have enough in their policy to cover the damage or don’t have a policy at all, leaving you with no way to recoup the cost of the damages. This is a strong case for buying insurance that includes uninsured/underinsured motorist coverage.

Uninsured and underinsured coverage is not a separate policy. It can be included in your regular car insurance for additional fees. You might look at these additional monies and decide it’s not worth the price, but you have to think about the cost of NOT holding this sort of policy. Are you prepared to pay for damages to your car when an accident is not your fault? Even the most careful drivers are at risk. You wouldn’t want to regret your decision later.

Even in states where underinsured and uninsured policies aren’t a requirement, you should carry this policy. This kind of insurance doesn’t just cover you, it covers the passengers in your car, or anyone you list on your policy as an approved driver. This type of policy doesn’t just cover damage to your car, either. It can cover hospitalization, damaged or destroyed property replacement, and disability. The cost of an uninsured or underinsured motorist policy costs a lot less money than paying for the damages an irresponsible driver can cause.

This option is vitally important to every driver and should be included in your basic liability insurance coverage. Whereas, the basic policy covers personal injury and property damage caused by you to a third party, your own personal injury is not covered nor are the damages your car receives from another driver’s car.

In a perfect world, the other driver would always foot the bill for their mistakes. But this world isn’t perfect. Consider the current state of the economy. Then ask yourself what kind of person would drive without insurance in the first place. You don’t want to end up with that responsibility yourself. This is why you need to include coverage for uninsured or underinsured drivers.

Usually the price of damages is handled by the driver at fault. However, in the case of an uninsured driver, there is no other option than to take on this burden yourself. A single incident or accident could cripple your finances in a moment, and it’s in your best interest to protect yourself from this possibility.

Before you finalize your insurance policy, it would be wise to ask about the additional provision as a financial precaution. Accidental injuries should not be your financial responsibility, especially when you are not at fault. Statistics have shown that accidents are responsible for a large number of injuries and the losses of life. The resulting expenses can be a tremendous burden you should not have to bear. It is advisable to ask your agent about including the uninsured-underinsured provision to your policy before finalizing the insurance.

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