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5 Common Strategies for Uninsured/Underinsured Motorist Cases

Oct 31, 2017 - Personal Injury by

In Alabama, if you’re injured in a motor vehicle accident by a negligent driver, there’s a strong possibility that the defendant-driver is uninsured or underinsured. A study conducted by the Insurance Research Council revealed that 19.6% of motorists in Alabama were uninsured (though the Alabama Department of Revenue has recently reported an uninsured motorist rate of 12.9%). How can you recover damages if the defendant is uninsured/underinsured?  Consider the following. Purchase UM/UIM Coverage Alabama does not require that drivers purchase uninsured/underinsured motorist coverage (UM/UIM).  Despite the fact that such coverage is not mandatory, it’s highly recommended that you purchase UM/UIM coverage given how many drivers in the state of Alabama are uninsured or underinsured. Suppose that you are seriously injured in a collision.  You sue the defendant-driver to recover damages, but they are uninsured.  You could attempt to sue them and recover against their personal assets, but they do not have sufficient assets to cover your total damages.  Generally speaking, drivers who are uninsured do not have substantial personal assets. If you have UM/UIM coverage, however, you can file a claim with your insurer to receive benefits. Obtain a Lien on the Defendant’s Assets Some defendant-driver’s may have a substandard insurance policy, but have assets enough to pay out damages.   In such cases, you may be able to sue the defendant and obtain a lien on their assets to cover your losses.  This can be a difficult process, however, so it’s typically better to be paid out by your UM/UIM […]

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