FILING AN UNINSURED/UNDERINSURED MOTORIST CLAIM IN NEW YORK
April 10, 2014
New York drivers are required to carry a minimum amount of liability insurance in the following amounts:
Bodily Injury Per Person: $25,000
Bodily Injury Per Accident: $50,000
Property Damage Per Accident: $10,000
Uninsured motorist claims can be made by drivers involved in an accident when the at-fault driver has no insurance or their vehicle was driven without permission or stolen. Uninsured motorist insurance also provides protection against hit-and-run accidents.
Underinsured motorist claims can be made when the at-fault driver does not have sufficient insurance coverage to take care of the costs associated with a vehicle accident.
Before paying any claim, insurance companies will investigate whether or not the at-fault driver was uninsured or underinsured. Claims made for hit-and-run accidents need to include evidence that any injuries or property damage were the direct result of a hit-and-run, so having the right documentation – police report, written details of the accident, witness statements and photos – is important.
Making a successful underinsured motorist claim will depend upon how much coverage the at-fault driver has as well as the amount of underinsured motorist coverage you have on your policy. In addition, there are circumstances where an insurer will not pay, even if the at-fault driver’s policy does not cover all your damages.
To be sure you receive just compensation for injuries sustained in a New York auto accident, especially if an uninsured or underinsured motorist is involved, you will need the help of an experienced New York injury attorney.