New Jersey Uninsured & Underinsured Motorist Claims
UM / UIM Injury Claims After an Auto Accident
All motorists are required by law to carry a minimum amount of auto liability insurance so they can compensate any victims they harm in preventable accidents. According to a 2021 study by the Insurance Resource Council, however, as many as 1 in 8 motorists are uninsured.
When drivers don’t have auto insurance or enough auto insurance, they can put victims at serious risk of not being able to pay for the medical care they need and for facing tremendous financial strains.
Fortunately, there may be options for recovering needed compensation after an accident with an uninsured or underinsured driver, including claims filed with your own insurance company under a UM / UIM policy. Our New Jersey attorneys at Levinson Axelrod, P.A. can help explore your options for a financial recovery.
How UM / UIM Claims Can Make the Difference
If you have been injured in an accident involving a driver who doesn’t have insurance, you don’t have the option to file a claim against their insurance. That doesn’t mean you are out of options, however!
In the state of New Jersey, drivers can obtain Uninsured / Underinsured Motorist coverage and file a UM / UIM claim with their own provider. If you have UM coverage and want to make sure you are given proper compensation under your policy, talk with Levinson Axelrod, P.A.
Remember, even though you are the policyholder, the insurance company is always focused on their bottom line. Their goal is to minimize the amount of damages they dish out, which means you need an advocate who is on your side.
With 80 years of experience, our New Jersey lawyers can help you fight for a financial recovery! Tell us about your accident during a FREE consultation.
When Can I File a UM Claim?
Just like any other accident, you can only obtain benefits from an Uninsured Motorist claim when you can prove that the uninsured driver is truly at fault. Since your insurance company will essentially be standing in the shoes of the other driver, you must be able to present evidence that the uninsured driver is liable.
It is important to keep the following in mind:
- You will likely have to pay a $500 deductible for any property damage claims.
- Your claim will only be paid if the other driver was legally responsible for damages.
- You can only collect damages if your degree of liability is less than the other driver’s.
The last statement is the most impactful for your case. Under New Jersey’s Comparative Negligence law, your degree of liability must not exceed that of the other driver’s in the car accident in order for you to collect any damages. That means if you are partially at fault, you should make sure you demonstrate that the other driver carried more of the fault. Having an advocate who knows how to do this through the law is crucial.
What if the Other Driver is underinsured?
Underinsured Motorist coverage can make the difference when a negligent driver’s policy limit is too small to cover the extent of the damages. When you have UIM coverage, you are only eligible to obtain damages through UIM benefits if your coverage limits are higher than the Liability Coverage limits of the at-fault driver.
When you turn to Levinson Axelrod, P.A., we help by:
- Gathering evidence to prove the other driver’s fault
- Proving your negligence does not exceed the other driver’s
- Communicating with the insurance company on your behalf
- Handling all claims and filings so you don’t have to
- Ensuring you get maximum compensation through your UIM policy
We know that this can be a very stressful time. You may be concerned that you won’t be able to get the medical treatment you need or may even have to pay for expenses out of pocket. The good news is that a UIM claim may be able to make up for the difference between your expenses and the other driver’s liability coverage. Our New Jersey car accident attorneys can explain more when you call to discuss your case.
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Backed by 80 years of legal experience, our firm knows how to handle complex car accident claims. We have tackled truck accident cases, bicycle claims, motorcycle collisions, and other vehicle accident cases all throughout New Jersey.
No matter the details of your accident, having a New Jersey car accident attorney guide you through this process is crucial. A lawyer can ensure your claim is handled correctly by your insurance company and that you are given the fair damages you are owed. They can also help you demonstrate the other driver’s fault so that you don’t have any complications with your insurance company.
Levinson Axelrod, P.A. offers FREE consultations and handles cases on contingency fees, which means that if we don’t win, you don’t pay.
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