While nearly all states in America require drivers to have the minimum liability car insurance, there are still drivers behind wheels without insurance driving on public roads. According to a study by the Insurance Research Council, one in eight drivers doesn’t have auto insurance. So what are your options if hit by an uninsured driver? This article outlines the dos and don’ts to help you obtain compensation after an accident with an uninsured driver.
Do: Call the police immediately
Your first step to getting fully compensated for your injuries or losses is calling the police. Your insurance provider will rely on this report when seeking compensation if they cover the damages. At Foresee General Insurance Agency Inc. we also recommend getting the name of the police officer who interrogates you at the scene.
Don’t: Move the car
Whether the accident happened on the highway or a small less busy road in Harrison, AR, never move your car until you are done with the police report. Altering the scene before the police arrive can heavily impact your compensation process.
Do: Get contact details of the other driver
The other driver might not have their insurance details as they don’t have insurance in the first place, but they have their personal contact details that you can use to reach them. Don’t forget to take details of a witness as their statements will be beneficial during the claim process.
Don’t: Accept money
The other driver may try to offer you money to avoid legal repercussions. They could face some hefty fines and fees or even have their driving license revoked. Never accept money even if the deal seems too good. Remember you cannot estimate the damages or injury costs at the moment.
Do: Document the damage
Take pictures and videos of the two vehicles. You will need them when reporting the accident to your insurance provider.
Not sure whether you have enough auto insurance? Foresee General Insurance Agency Inc. can help you protect yourself, your loved ones and other motorists with quality auto insurance. Let us help you get the most out of your policy. Call us today or visit our Harrison, AR offices.