When a car accident happens, you expect the at-fault driver’s insurance to cover your expenses, like medical bills or car repair costs. But in some situations, you may be unable to collect damages from the other party or their insurance. Or, you may be at fault – everyone makes mistakes sometimes, and even a small error can sometimes lead to a car crash. Additionally, sometimes people have accidents that aren’t their fault but also aren’t avoidable, such as a deer jumping in front of a car.
In all of the above scenarios, you won’t be able to rely on standard liability insurance to cover your costs. In some situations, your liability coverage may pay for another party’s damages but not your own. Fortunately, several other types of insurance provide additional protection for you in a wider range of situations. Unlike liability insurance, these are not required under Georgia state law, but opting out of them may put you at risk of being stuck with the bill in certain kinds of accidents. In this article, we’ll talk about uninsured motorist coverage, collision coverage, and MedPay coverage, their differences, and what each type of insurance will cover.
If you’re currently trying to sort out a car accident claim or have been injured due to another driver’s negligence, it’s a good idea to get legal advice about your specific situation. Attorney Ali Awad is experienced in battling insurance companies and helping clients get the best settlement possible. A few years ago, he founded the CEO Lawyer Personal Injury Law Firm and quickly turned it into one of the fastest-growing law firms in the country. The best time to get an expert opinion on your insurance claim is right now, so please contact the CEO Lawyer Personal Injury Law Firm immediately for a free, no-obligation consultation.
What Is Uninsured Motorist Coverage?
You’re driving along, and out of nowhere, another vehicle slams into you because the driver ignored a stop sign or red light. They were clearly at fault, but when you ask about their insurance, you can’t seem to get a straight answer. Eventually, the police arrive and ask both of you for proof of insurance. It turns out that the other driver doesn’t have insurance after all. They say something about not having the money to pay the premiums anymore. Now you’re in pain, you need to see a doctor, and your car is wrecked, but there’s no way to collect damages from the other driver.
This kind of situation is more common than you might think. About 12 percent of Georgia motorists are driving illegally without insurance, and the cost is the most likely reason. If one of them causes a crash that leaves you with damages, uninsured motorist coverage is your best chance of getting your costs covered. Uninsured/underinsured motorist coverage, sometimes called UM/UI, will pay your bodily injury and property damage costs, up to the limits of the policy, for a collision caused by an uninsured motorist. You don’t have to be driving, either – UM/UI will also cover damages if you are struck by an uninsured motorist while walking, riding a bike, or riding on public transportation. You may need to prove the other driver was mostly at fault if this isn’t made clear by the police report. Your car accident attorney may be able to help if the insurance company denies your claim for “fault” reasons.
What Is Collision Insurance? Does Collision Cover Uninsured Motorist Situations?
This is a broad type of coverage that pays your property damage costs no matter where the fault lies. You only have to prove that your car was damaged in an accident. This is very helpful if you were at fault, if you had a single car accident for any reason, or if you have vehicle damage costs from an uninsured driver that are not fully covered by an uninsured/underinsured motorist policy.
Collision is especially helpful if you have damage to your car from a hit and run driver. UM/UI will cover bodily injury in hit and run cases, but does not cover your property damage if the other driver is never found.
What Is MedPay?
MedPay is a type of no-fault insurance to take care of your injuries in an accident, no matter who caused the collision. It can be used if you’re injured by an uninsured or underinsured driver, but it’s also beneficial in accidents where you may be at fault. Not having to prove fault will save you some time and hassle when filing a claim, but you will still need to prove your injuries happened in the collision. If you have trouble getting your claim paid, it may be that the insurance company believes your injury was a preexisting condition, that the treatment wasn’t necessary, etc. If this happens, contact a Georgia car accident lawyer right away – they can work to convince the insurance carrier of the validity of your claim.
MedPay may also pick up any remaining balance if you’ve used up your UM/UI coverage and still have some unpaid bills. For example, if your UM/UI policy only covers $25,000 in bodily injury and you have $50,000 in medical bills, but another $25,000 in MedPay, you may be able to “stack” the MedPay coverage on top of the UM/UI policy to get all $50,000 covered.
So Which Kind of Coverage Should I Buy?
Ideally, all three. They all offer coverage in some situations where the others don’t. It may cost you a little more on your premium, but if you’re in an accident with an uninsured motorist, you’ll be glad you have multiple options for getting your claim paid.
The CEO Lawyer Personal Injury Law Firm Is Here to Help After an Accident
If you or a loved one have been hurt by an uninsured driver, please contact the CEO Lawyer Personal Injury Law Firm right away for a free review of your case. We’ll answer your questions, and if we take your case, we’ll get right to work seeking out the biggest settlement possible. We also work on a contingency basis, so you don’t owe us anything until we win.
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Frequently Asked Questions
After a personal injury, you're bound to have legal questions. The CEO Lawyer Ali Awad can provide you with answers to these questions, just as he's given answers to his millions of curious social media followers. Take a look at some of the most common personal injury law questions for general information, and then reach out to one of our seasoned attorneys for specific guidance on your case!
To quickly resolve matters following an accident, insurance companies will offer you less than you deserve in compensation for your injuries. Many victims feel pressured to accept these offers as the bills begin to pile up, but that is rarely a good idea. The insurance company is looking to protect its bottom line; and will offer injured victims less than they deserve. An experienced personal injury attorney understands how to negotiate with the insurance company and can look out for your best interests by getting you the compensation you deserve after an injury. If you or a loved one has been injured in an accident, it is important to avoid negotiating or providing recorded statements to the insurance company without first seeking help from a qualified personal injury attorney.
Do You Have a Personal Injury Case?
The best way to determine if you have a personal injury case is to speak with a knowledgeable attorney. Our legal professionals have the expertise to evaluate your case and determine a strong legal strategy so that you can obtain the greatest amount of compensation possible under the law. We will enlist investigators, assistants, and other specialists to collect accident reports, speak with witnesses to your accident, and put together a plan. While you focus on your physical recovery, we will remain committed to fighting for the compensation that you deserve.
Georgia's Personal Injury & Accident Firm
Accident victims have a limited time to file a personal injury lawsuit. This time period is referred to as the statute of limitations, and in Atlanta, it lasts only two years. This means that if you or a loved one has been injured in an accident, you have only two years to pursue a personal injury suit. If you wait too long to reach out to an experienced attorney, you might be forever barred from seeking the compensation you deserve.
What to Expect From Your Initial Consultation With a Personal Injury Attorney?
During your initial consultation with CEO Lawyer team, we will go over the important details of your personal injury accident, which include the nature and extent of your injuries, how your injuries have impacted your ability to earn a paycheck, the cost of your medical treatment, and whether further medical treatment will be required. We will answer any questions you might have, as well, in regards to our experience, our track record of success, and what to expect from the legal process.
Many personal injury victims wonder if they will be able to afford the legal fees required to pursue a lawsuit. CEO Lawyer injury and accident attorneys will not ask for any type of upfront fee unless we are successful in obtaining compensation for you. That means that if you have been harmed in a motor vehicle accident, slip and fall accident, defective product accident, or any other type of personal injury accident, you can absolutely afford to contact our law office today for assistance. In fact, you cannot afford to wait. Reach out today.
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