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Uninsured/Underinsured Motorists

Explore Your Options with a Knowledgeable Plano Car Accident Attorney

Texas law requires every car on the road to be covered by liability insurance. Liability insurance pays for property damage and bodily injuries for the party that is not at fault in the car accident. Texas sets the minimum coverage for bodily injuries at $30,000 per person and $60,000 per accident. This may seem like plenty of money to cover car wreck injuries. So why would you ever need uninsured motorist/underinsured motorist coverage?

Unfortunately, a great number of drivers in Plano and Collin County, Texas, break the law by not carrying liability insurance. Most of these drivers do not carry insurance because they cannot afford it. If they can’t afford liability insurance, they are unlikely to have any assets to justify filing a lawsuit against them. If you are injured in a car wreck with an uninsured motorist, your only source of recovery may be uninsured motorist insurance.

Contact The Law Office of Joel M. Vecchio for a free consultation with a car accident lawyer in Plano if you were injured by an uninsured or underinsured motorist.

Uninsured Motorists

Underinsured Motorists

We often think of car wrecks as causing minor, soft tissue injuries. However, people suffer devastating and debilitating injuries in car wrecks every day.

Uninsured/Underinsured Claims vs. Liability Claims

When you are injured in a car wreck, and it was someone else’s fault, you have a claim against that person based on a theory of negligence. If the at-fault driver has liability insurance, you file a claim with his insurance company. If you are unable to resolve your claim with the at-fault driver’s insurance company, you file a lawsuit against the at-fault driver. His or her insurance company then has a contractual duty to defend them against your lawsuit.

  • Uninsured Motorist - Uninsured motorist claims are filed with your own insurance company. You still have to prove your injuries and present a claim for damages. In the case of an uninsured motorist claim, you may also have to prove that the other driver was uninsured. This process can be much easier when you have an underinsured and uninsured motorist attorney.
  • Underinsured Motorist - It is not uncommon for the medical bills resulting from a car wreck to exceed the policy limit of the at-fault driver. In these cases, underinsured motorist coverage is supposed to kick in to cover the shortfall. You must collect the policy limit of the at-fault driver prior to collecting underinsured motorist benefits, and you must still prove your damages and present a claim for damages.

When you are injured in a car wreck, and the other party does not have liability insurance or their insurance is insufficient to cover your damages, you have options. You can file a claim on your uninsured or underinsured motorist policy. Because these claims are filed with your own insurance company, they are governed by the terms of your policy.

Bad Faith Claims

Your insurance policy is a contract between you and your insurance company. If your insurance company refuses to pay a valid claim, you can file a lawsuit against them for bad faith. Bad faith claims often allow additional damages against your insurance company. When faced with a properly documented claim and threatened with a bad faith lawsuit, most insurance companies will pay a reasonable claim. They are also much more likely to pay reasonably when you have an underinsured and uninsured motorist attorney on your side.

Texas Insurance Requirements

The State of Texas requires all Texas auto insurance companies providing auto insurance to offer uninsured/underinsured motorist coverage. If you reject this coverage, you must do so in writing. Your insurance company will send you a form in the mail for you to sign and return. If you have not specifically rejected this coverage, you may be covered. We have represented many injured drivers on uninsured/underinsured motorist claims. If you were injured in a car wreck with an uninsured or underinsured motorist, and your insurance company has denied or delayed your claim, the Law Office of Joel M. Vecchio can help.

Learn about your options for obtaining compensation after an injury with an uninsured or underinsured driver by calling our Plano car accident lawyer at (972) 426-2668.

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