Q: What happens if I was injured in a collision caused by an uninsured driver?
You may have a claim for uninsured motorist (UM) benefits under your own policy. If you make a UM claim, your own carrier has the right to use all defenses that the other driver may have had against you. Many people make the mistake that they will be treated better by their own insurance company. This simply is not true. Your insurance carrier will be allowed to assert all defenses available to the at-fault driver, and the carrier almost always does. A UM claim therefore creates an adversarial relationship between you and your own insurance carrier. It is wise to retain an experienced attorney before asserting a UM claim. As can be expected, your own carrier will NOT be looking out for your interests (even though you are its insured!). Instead, your insurance carrier will be looking for ways to pay out as little money as possible, despite what your injuries are worth. In the event you do not have UM coverage, you may have no other means of obtaining fair compensation for your injuries. This is why you should always carry UM coverage, preferably with limits of at least $100,000.