(618) 239-6070 eric@lawkirkpatrick.com

Uninsured Motorist Attorney in Belleville, Illinois

Underinsured and Uninsured; When the other driver has little or no insurance

Uninsured Driver Law in Belleville, ILWhat if you are injured in a car accident and the driver at fault doesn’t have enough insurance to cover the extent of your injuries? What if he has no insurance at all? It happens more often than not.

I have seen people suffer catastrophic personal injuries only to find that the at fault driver has the state minimum of $20,000.00 coverage. I hate to see that happen.

Many people don’t understand that their own insurance coverage has provisions that protect them and anyone in the car in the event the other driver either doesn’t have enough coverage or has none at all. The coverage comes from the “underinsured” and “uninsured” provisions of your own policy. These can come in to play as coverage for you and anyone in your car.

Uninsured coverage applies and an insurance claim can be made under your own policy when the at fault driver has no insurance. It also applies when there has been a hit and run accident and the other driver cannot be found.

Underinsured coverage applies when the at fault driver does not have enough coverage and your own underinsured limit is more than the at fault driver’s policy limit. In that situation, you can make a claim under your own policy for the difference.

Just because the claim is against your own insurance company does not mean they will voluntarily pay what is fair and treat you right. They will still make you prove your damages. These cases often times proceed to arbitration under the terms of the policy.

I personally believe these provisions on a policy are the most important. This coverage for you and those in your car, which are usually those you love the most. I encourage everyone to purchase the highest limit on this type of coverage they can afford.

The Kirkpatrick Law Office proudly serves clients as a personal injury lawyer in St Clair County, Illinois and a personal injury lawyer, coal mine injury attorney, industrial accident lawyer, workers compensation and construction accident lawyer in Belleville, Illinois and other areas of Southern Illinois including but not limited to Carbondale, IL, Goreville, IL, De Soto, IL, Murphrysboro, IL, Freeburg, IL, Coulterville, IL, Hecker, IL, Waterloo, IL, Sparta, IL, St. Clair County, IL, Madison County, IL, Johnson County, IL, Randolph County, IL, Clinton County, IL and other Southern Illinois locations.

We typically assist injured workers and people with neck injuries, back injuries, knee injuries, shoulder injuries, elbow injuries, carpal tunnel syndrome, people requiring back surgery, coal mine injuries, union worker injuries, iron worker injuries, boilermaker, pipefitter and laborer injuries, those hurt as a result of construction accidents, road construction, semi-truck accidents, cell phone drivers, discrimination, warehouse injuries. We also help people hurt in nursing home injuries while lifting patients in nursing homes or other medical facilities.