According to the Rocky Mountain Insurance Information Association, an estimated 16% of drivers in the state of Colorado are uninsured. This makes it the worst state in the nation for uninsured drivers. One of the reasons that Colorado drivers are uninsured is attributed to the high cost of auto insurance in the state. Currently, Colorado ranks highest in the nation for rising auto insurance rates, and this skyrocketing insurance forces many families into cutting corners and driving uninsured. When they do, they put themselves and other drivers at risk. Read more about our Uninsured Motorists on the Rise in Colorado story below.
If you’re involved in an accident with an uninsured driver, you won’t be able to collect compensation from their insurance company if you’re injured. As such, where will you turn for help?
Some Colorado drivers who purchased additional UM/UIM insurance policies are able to collect compensation from their own insurance companies. In Colorado, UM/UIM insurance policies work by filling in the gap between the other party’s insurance and your own losses. If the other driver is uninsured, then you should be able to turn to your own policy to pay all of your medical expenses and damages – up to your policy limits.
Sometimes the “at fault” driver has insurance, but they don’t have enough. If the at-fault driver has an insurance policy with a $50,000 limit and you have $75,000 in damages, you would only be able to collect $50,000 from the “at fault” driver. Where will the additional $25,000 come from? If you have an UM/UIM policy, then your policy would help pay the difference.
Is UM/UIM Insurance Mandatory in Colorado?
Unfortunately, carrying UM/UIM insurance is not mandatory in the state of Colorado. An insurer must offer this coverage to their clients, but drivers are allowed to decline this coverage if they wish. Without it, however, they won’t have coverage after an accident with an uninsured motorist.
If you did purchase UM/UIM insurance, you can rest a little easier. Colorado Revised Statute 10-4-609 ensures that consumers receive the full benefits of the policies they purchased in the state.
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If you or someone you love has been injured in an accident with an uninsured or underinsured driver in the state of Colorado, you need an experienced and skilled attorney on your side from the start. You may be able to collect compensation from your own UM/UIM plan in many situations. Call the Denver car accident attorneys at Paysinger Law, P.C. today. Our law firm offers FREE case consultations and can be reached at 303.279.0221. We can help you obtain the money you need to put your life together again after a serious accident. Call today.
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