21 June, 2021
Drivers are required by law to carry some form of automobile insurance, an estimated 12 percent of motorists are uninsured. The penalty for driving without insurance can include fines and a loss of driving privileges, but that’s sometimes not enough to keep some individuals from risking it. If you find yourself in a car accident with an uninsured driver, you may wonder how you can receive compensation for the damages to you and your vehicle.
The first step is to contact a top car accident attorney who will better be able to determine your legal options based on the facts of your case and the circumstances of the uninsured at-fault party. Your lawyer will likely present you with two possible options: filing a claim against your own insurance company for uninsured motorist benefits and suing the uninsured driver for damages. Here’s what to know about each potential strategy.
You may consider suing the other driver directly, though there are some drawbacks to consider: Uninsured drivers typically have very little money available to compensate you for any potential damages. A top car accident lawyer will better be able to determine whether filing a lawsuit against the uninsured driver makes sense for your situation.
If this avenue is what you and your lawyer decide to pursue, keep in mind that the court may set up a payment plan option for the at-fault motorist if they’re found to be financially stable enough. You can potentially garnish wages from the negligent party or put a lien on their property so that it can’t be sold until they’ve paid the full amount.
However, there are many options that may be better for your situation, and you can go over all of your customized options with an experienced car accident lawyer at The Barnes Firm — for FREE.
If you don’t have UM coverage and decide not to sue the other driver, there are other potential methods for receiving compensation from your policy:
After your accident, your first priority should be to take care of yourself.
After contacting police and gathering information, it’s important that you get in touch with a car accident attorney who can help walk you through your options and fight to get you the compensation you deserve.
At The Barnes Firm, we know how frustrating it can be to get into a car accident by means of a negligent motorist, especially if the at-fault driver doesn’t have insurance. The process can sometimes be infuriating, complex, and time-consuming. That’s why we want to make this as easy and pain-free as possible for you. After meeting with you one-on-one, we’ll launch a legal investigation into your case and the circumstances leading up to the crash in order to provide you with the soundest case possible.
With over 100 years of combined legal experience, our trusted and experienced car accident lawyers can handle a case of any size and are available 24/7 to review your accident and answer your questions. To schedule a free consultation with our knowledgeable auto accident attorneys, call The Barnes Firm or fill out our online contact form today.
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