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What Is UIM?

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Uninsured motorist coverage (UM) is a type of car insurance that protects drivers and passengers when they are involved in an accident with an uninsured or underinsured driver. It is an optional coverage that can be added to your existing car insurance policy, and it is designed to provide financial protection in case you are involved in an accident with someone who doesn’t have adequate insurance coverage.

According to a study conducted by the Insurance Research Council, one in eight drivers in the United States is uninsured. This means that if you are involved in an accident, there is a good chance that the other driver may not have enough insurance coverage to pay for the damages. This is where uninsured motorist coverage comes into play.

UIM coverage provides protection for you and your passengers in the event of an accident with an uninsured or underinsured driver. This coverage typically includes:

  1. Bodily injury coverage: This coverage pays for medical expenses, lost wages, and pain and suffering that result from injuries sustained in the accident.
  2. Property damage coverage: This coverage pays for repairs or replacement of your vehicle or other property damaged in the accident.
  3. Uninsured motorist property damage coverage: This coverage pays for damages to your vehicle or other property caused by an uninsured or underinsured driver.

It is important to note that UM coverage is not required by law in every state, but it is highly recommended. In fact, some states require insurance companies to offer UM coverage to their customers, and they must provide the customer with the option to either accept or reject the coverage.

In states where UM coverage is not mandatory, it is still a good idea to consider adding it to your policy. The cost of UM coverage is relatively low, and it can provide you with a significant amount of protection in the event of an accident. Furthermore, the peace of mind that comes with knowing you are protected in case of an accident with an uninsured driver is priceless.

One important aspect to consider when purchasing UM coverage is the policy limits. The policy limit is the maximum amount that the insurance company will pay out in the event of a claim. It is important to choose a policy limit that is sufficient to cover your potential losses in the event of an accident. If your damages exceed your policy limit, you may be responsible for paying the difference out of pocket.

Another important factor to consider when purchasing UM coverage is the deductible. The deductible is the amount you will have to pay out of pocket before your insurance coverage kicks in. Choosing a higher deductible can lower your monthly premiums, but it also means that you will have to pay more out of pocket in the event of a claim.

It is important to understand that UM coverage only applies if the other driver is at fault for the accident. If you are at fault for the accident, your liability insurance will pay for damages to the other driver’s vehicle and any injuries sustained by the other driver and their passengers.

In addition to UM coverage, there are other types of insurance coverage that can provide additional protection in the event of an accident. For example, collision coverage pays for damages to your vehicle regardless of who is at fault for the accident. Comprehensive coverage pays for damages to your vehicle caused by non-collision events such as theft, vandalism, and natural disasters.

It is important to review your insurance policy regularly to ensure that you have adequate coverage for your needs. If you are unsure about what type of coverage you need, or if you have questions about your existing coverage, it is a good idea to speak with an insurance agent or broker.

In conclusion, uninsured motorist coverage is an important type of insurance coverage that can provide financial protection in the event of an accident with an uninsured or underinsured driver. While it is not required by law in every state, it is highly recommended.

Did you know?

Insurance companies never have your best interest in mind - Every lawyer will advise you to be wary when talking to insurers because insurance companies are like any business—they are driven by profit. The less money they dole out per claim, the more money they are able to pocket for themselves. Their goal is to give you the least that they can, no matter what.

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You may have no need for an Injury Attorney today, but the time will come when you or a family member will. The changing legal landscape has made it so important to be informed when that incident occurs. Does the other driver have insurance? Will the police come document the scene? Unfortunately, often the answer is no.   

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