Uninsured Motorist (UM) Accidents Attorney
What is Louisiana UM Coverage?
Uninsured/underinsured motorist (UM) coverage comes with all Louisiana auto insurance policies unless the purchaser rejects it in writing. The coverage protects drivers when they are in an accident caused by an uninsured or underinsured driver. The coverage will pay pain and suffering, medical expenses and lost wages when applicable. An insured is anyone named on the policy of insurance providing UM and also any passenger of a vehicle that is covered with UM. If a UM policy is “economic only” it will only pay medical expenses and lost wages related to an accident, but not pain and suffering.
What is Med Pay Coverage?
Med Pay coverage is an available coverage in Louisiana automobile insurance policies. It is similar to UM coverage, except that Med Pay coverage only pays for medical expenses that are related to an accident. However, fault typically is not a factor in whether Med Pay coverage will apply. Thus, when you have purchased Med Pay coverage, you can use it to pay accident related medical expenses for a car accident that you caused.
Med Pay coverage can be purchased in addition to UM or without UM. Med Pay pays accident related medical bills, but your auto insurance company will have a right to seek reimbursement from the defendant driver’s insurance company; the seeking of reimbursement is called subrogation. It is important to check your policy’s language regarding Med Pay exclusions. For example, some policies exclude Med Pay coverage when the insured driver or passenger was working at the time of the accident.
Louisiana Uninsured/Underinsured Motorist (UM) Attorney
Donald D’Aunoy Jr. “Lawyer Don” is a Louisiana UM attorney with offices in Metairie and Harvey. Lawyer Don represents clients in other Jefferson Parish cities like Kenner, Harahan, Gretna, Westwego, Marrero and Waggaman. Furthermore, Lawyer Don represents clients throughout southeast Louisiana. He makes free house calls to all his clients. He also provides free case evaluations/consultations to all prospective clients. If you have a question about an accident case, contact Lawyer Don at 504-508-6414.
How UM Works
UM will apply when an uninsured or underinsured driver hits you. For instance, if you have 15/30 UM and are wrongfully hit by an uninsured motorist, you can recover up to $15,000.00. The amount of the $15,000.00 you recover will depend on the extent of your injuries, medical bills and lost wages. If you have passengers in your vehicle, each passenger will be able to recover up to $15,000.00 in UM. However, your insurance company will never be liable for more than $30,000.00 of total UM per accident. If you carry 25/50 in UM, the limit per person is $25,000.00 per accident never to exceed $50,000.00 in total payout per accident. Common Louisiana UM limits are 15/30, 25/50, 50/100, 100/300 and 250/500.
You can also use UM when a driver that is underinsured injures you. For instance, if you are wrongfully hit by a driver that carries 15/30 of bodily injury (BI) liability limits and you carry UM, you can make a claim on your UM to the extent that your damages exceed $15,000.00.
You can purchase UM in an amount not to exceed the bodily injury (BI) liability limits that you carry on your vehicle. For instance, if you carry 100/300 in BI liability, you can carry UM coverage up to a maximum of 100/300. 100/300 UM means each person in your vehicle is protected with a maximum of $100,000.00 in UM per accident, and the total payable to all occupants per accident will not exceed $300,000.00 per accident.
You can also carry less UM than BI liability limits. For instance, you could carry 100/300 in BI liability but only 50/100 in UM. However, you cannot have UM limits greater than your BI liability limits.
UM covers you as the driver and your passengers at the time of the accident. UM also follows you when you are not in your vehicle. For instance, if an uninsured motorist hits you while you are jogging, you can make a claim for UM against your insurance company as long as you carry UM on a vehicle you own.
You can also make a claim on your UM when you are an occupant in someone else’s vehicle. For instance, if you are a passenger in vehicle that does not carry UM and are wrongfully hit by an uninsured motorist, you can make a claim on your UM as long as you carry UM on a vehicle you own.
Consulting with an Attorney
Consulting with an attorney before making a Louisiana UM claim is always advisable. UM insurance law is complex, and in some cases an injured victim can make a claim on two UM policies. Furthermore, even though UM coverage is purchased through your own insurance company, making a claim for UM creates an adversarial relationship between you and your insurance company. Your insurance company is going to want to pay as little as possible for your UM claim. Thus, it is important to have a champion fight on your behalf.
Furthermore, insurance companies write their own UM policies. What one insurance company covers in UM may be different than another company’s UM policy. And some exclusionary clauses in UM coverage may be against public policy and, thus, void. Accordingly, an experienced attorney should review UM clauses in your insurance policy to know what protections are in your favor and what exclusions apply or are illegal. Lastly, an experienced accident attorney will help you take advantage of Med Pay coverage and obtain unconditional tenders (money distributions) while you treat for your injuries.
Contact Lawyer Don today for a free case evaluation: 504-508-6414.
Types of Accident
- Head-On Wrecks and Collisions
- Rear-End and Tailgating Accidents
- Pedestrian Accidents
- Uninsured Motorist (UM) Accidents
- Construction Zone Accidents
- Interstate and Highway Collisions
- Motorcycle Accidents
- Distracted Driver and Texting Accidents
- T-Bone Accidents
- Pileups and Mutlit Vehicle Accidents
- Collisions with Animals and Livestock
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