Janson Insurance Agency Blog
Janson Insurance Agency Blog
Did you know that approximately 1 in 7 drivers on the road is currently uninsured? This, according to the latest study done by the Insurance Research Council (IRC), shows that roughly 14 percent of all drivers are uninsured. The study actually broke down the findings by state and showed that in some states almost 28 percent of drivers are uninsured!
This brings to light a few questions we are often asked as agents:
We hope the following report will help shed some light on those questions. If you have any further questions or concerns, would like to add this coverage, or simply verify this coverage is on your current policy, please feel free to contact our office.
What is Uninsured/Underinsured Motorist Coverage?
Uninsured/Underinsured Motorist coverage can pay for your injuries, injuries to your passengers, and, in some cases, damage to your property when there is an accident with a driver who is uninsured or underinsured and is legally responsible for the accident.
Uninsured Drivers, by definition, means a driver who does not have any insurance, does not carry insurance that would meet the state-minimum requirements, or whose insurance company denies the claim. Hit-and-run drivers are also considered “uninsured.”
An Underinsured Driver is someone who carries enough insurance to meet minimum state requirements, but whose limits are not high enough to pay for the damage they caused. (In many states the minimum insurance liability requirement is as low as $15,000!)
Why Do I Need Uninsured/Underinsured Motorists Insurance?
While many states do not mandate the purchase of Uninsured/Underinsured Motorist Coverage, it is still highly recommended that you purchase it. If you do not carry this coverage and you are hit by an uninsured driver, the financial toll it could take on you and your family could be devastating.
According to Carolyn Gorman, Vice President of The Insurance Information Institute:
“You absolutely need this coverage, because, if you get into an accident with someone who is driving without insurance or doesn’t have enough of it, you want to be made financially whole again. You have to protect yourself fiscally and physically, and uninsured/underinsured motorist protection can help you in this regard.”
How Much Does It Cost?
The cost to add Uninsured/Underinsured Motorist coverage is fairly cheap. In many cases it costs less than $100 per year to add the coverage.
This is an incredible value when you consider the protection this coverage provides. Typically the coverage will not only pay for any physical injuries sustained by you and your passengers, but will often times include coverage for lost wages and pain suffering caused by the accident as well.
* Disclaimer . The above information is to be used as guidance only, and should not be considered as definite in any particular case. Every policy is different and you need to read through your policy and consult with your agent to best determine how your coverage will respond. Within this article we simply cannot analyze every possible loss exposure and exception to the general guidelines above.