When a motorist is involved in a car accident, one of their first thoughts is to contact their insurance company. Because of the large number of accidents in New York, insurance companies are at risk for losing their financial stability. Being knowledgeable about insurance policies will help insurers defend against unreasonable claims.
Auto collisions cost the United States billions of dollars yearly. Fortunately, automobile insurance helps drivers pay for the property damage and injuries of the insureds and the other parties involved. However, having insurance doesn’t mean that insurance companies are automatically liable for all damages. The amount of car insurance coverage and the type of coverage will help determine how much the insurance company owes. Authorities recommend that drivers have a policy that covers more than the state’s minimum requirements. While a more extensive policy will cost a driver more, it may prove to be beneficial in the case of more serious accidents.
Insurance policies indicate liability limits as to one person’s personal injury damages, for all personal injury damages for one accident and for all property damages for one accident. Bodily injury liability is what the insurer will pay toward medical expenses and other damages when other people are injured or killed in an accident caused by the insured. In cases where the driver who caused the accident doesn’t have insurance, the insured’s insurer will pay for injuries to the insured and insured’s passengers. This falls under Uninsured Motorist Coverage.
In many cases, a dispute will occur between the insured and the insurance company. Resolving complicated motor vehicle accident claims in the most cost-effective way possible is critical to protecting insurance companies.
Source: FindLaw, “Automobile Insurance Policy Coverage,” accessed on Dec. 21, 2015