What happens when the other driver doesn't have car insurance?

Posted By Boohoff Law, P.A. || 10-May-2017

There are many uninsured drivers in Florida. In fact, Florida has one of the highest rates of uninsured drivers in the country, roughly 1 in 4 drivers is uninsured.

In Florida, you are only required to carry PIP and Property Damage coverage. This means a driver can legally be on the road with just PIP and Property Damage and not have the coverage to protect others in case that driver is at fault. However, one of the biggest misconceptions is that having the bare minimum is good enough. Unfortunately, when someone is hurt in an accident, a single hospital visit can very often cost over $10,000, essentially exhausting your entire PIP coverage.

What does this mean?

If you are involved in an auto accident with a driver that does not have liability coverage, you may not have coverage beyond the first $10,000 in immediate medical expenses and some lost wages. You will not be protected for medical expenses beyond the first $10,000, any future medical expenses, significant lost wages, or non-economic damages such as disability, pain, and suffering.

4 Reasons Why You Need To Protect Yourself With UM Coverage

Uninsured Motorist (UM) coverage is extremely important in Florida.

  • High chance of being hit by a driver that is not insured.
  • If you are injured by an uninsured or underinsured driver, you may be paying for your own medical costs and not be able to recover any money for future medical, or pain and suffering.
  • There’s a strong possibility that if you are involved in an accident with a driver who cannot afford insurance, it is unlikely that they would be able to pay for your medical expenses from their own pocket.
  • Most importantly, UM coverage protects you. It is the best way to ensure your coverage doesn’t come up short when the worst happens.

3 things you need to know about protecting yourself with this important coverage:

  • Insurance companies are required to offer uninsured motorist coverage, but it is not mandatory for you to have it on your policy in FL.
  • It is the most important coverage you can have in Florida. If you do not have UM coverage, then you are not protected. Medical bills following an accident can quickly become overwhelming.
  • Uninsured motorist coverage cost is quite reasonable.

Do you already have uninsured motorist coverage?

If you do, that’s great, but be sure to re-evaluate your policy from time to time to ensure that you are adequately covered.

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Categories: Personal Injury