Florida has one of the highest uninsured motorist populations in the country. Despite state laws requiring drivers to maintain minimal auto insurance covering personal injury or property damage, many drivers simply ignore this obligation. Even if drivers do have the minimum required coverage, the benefits frequently will not be enough to adequately cover all of the medical expenses and other costs associated with an accident. This situation places an unfair financial burden on innocent victims.
At Heintz & Becker, our car accident attorneys believe that auto accident victims should not be forced to pay for the negligence or carelessness of other drivers. If you were injured in an auto accident with an underinsured or uninsured motorist, we can help. Contact our firm to schedule a complimentary appointment with one of lawyers in Bradenton or Sarasota.
Why Your Own Auto Insurance Coverage May Not Be Enough
You may be able to pursue a claim with your own insurance company. However, you may find that your insurance company is more concerned about its bottom line than your needs. Your insurer will work to minimize its financial culpability.
Even with personal injury protection coverage (PIP), known as no-fault insurance, the benefits may not cover serious injuries. Before you find your insurance claim is delayed, underpaid, or wrongfully denied, we encourage you to speak with one of our auto accident attorneys. We can help you overcome the obstacles preventing you from securing the compensation to which you are entitled.
Helping You With Your Uninsured Motorist Claims
If you have been involved in an accident with an uninsured motorist, you may be able to recoup expenses through uninsured motorist coverage. Uninsured motorist coverage pays for many of the things that the other person's insurance would have paid if it existed. You may be entitled to compensation for:
- Medical bills and rehabilitation costs
- Lost wages
- Pain and suffering, and disfigurement
- Emotional distress
- Loss of future earning capacity
There are some things that uninsured motorist coverage may not cover, including:
- Property damage (unless you also have collision coverage)
- Punitive damages
Underinsured Motorist Claims
Underinsured motorist coverage is not the same as uninsured motorist coverage. Underinsured motorist coverage applies when the person who caused your accident has insurance but the limits aren't high enough to compensate you fully for your losses.
Florida requires that all automobile policies offer underinsured motorist benefits. This means that your own policy may pay the amount necessary to fully compensate you for your injuries over and above the amount paid by the at-fault party. Your insurance carrier then has the right to sue the underinsured driver to get the money back.
Contact Our Florida Car Accident Attorneys to Schedule a Free Consultation
We understand the complexities of underinsured motorist law and the processes involved in pursuing a claim. We frequently obtain underinsured motorist settlements in cases in which the insurance company claims there is no underinsured coverage. To schedule a complimentary consultation with one of our auto accident attorneys in Bradenton or Sarasota, call us today at 941-748-2916.