Arizona Uninsured Motorist Coverage
According to the Insurance Research Council (IRC), 9-11% of Arizona drivers are not insured as of 2014.
What is an Uninsured Vehicle?
An uninsured vehicle is typically considered one of the following:
- Vehicles that are not covered in a state that requires automobile insurance
- Vehicles used in hit-and-run incidents, where the identity of the driver is unknown
- Stolen vehicles
The burden of uninsured motorists is a growing concern as the costs associated with such an accident can be detrimental to the victims involved. In Arizona, uninsured motorist coverage is not mandatory. Uninsured motorist insurance is part of an automobile insurance policy that covers the insurance policy holder from uninsured motorists and hit-and-run drivers. Uninsured motorist insurance is referred to as Arizona hit and run insurance.
In order to be thoroughly covered in the state of Arizona, an individual will need to have a minimum level of insurance. If he or she does not carry this much coverage, a motorist will be regarded as underinsured. In this case, uninsured motorist insurance should cover the disparity between the amount the driver at fault is able to pay, and how much is due.
Seeking compensation from an Arizona uninsured motorist can be difficult. It’s hard to make a claim against a person with no insurance because typically they don’t possess enough assets to warrant litigation. However, you can make a claim against your insurance company to recover damages in the case of serious injury. Your insurance company will usually compensate you for the following expenses:
- Loss of future earning power
- Loss of wages
- Physical and emotional pain, suffering and permanent injury
- Medical expenses
You must ask the question; is driving around without Arizona uninsured motorist coverage worth the risk? If an uninsured motorist has injured you or a loved one please contact Friedl Richardson for a complimentary consultation at 602-553-2200.