You may feel fortunate to have experienced a major car crash and avoided severe injuries. Some people experience life-altering medical consequences after a crash they didn’t even cause. Walking away with only minor scrapes and bruises could make you feel most fortunate indeed.
However, the damage to your vehicle can cause hardship and stress. The insurance company may declare your vehicle a total loss if there is damage to the frame or the axles. Such a determination means that you cannot legally drive your vehicle or insure it.
You will have to replace it. The cost to buy even a used vehicle could be tens of thousands of dollars, possibly even more depending on your needs. What happens if the driver who totals your vehicle does not have car insurance?
Many drivers break insurance laws in Virginia
As you know because you pay for your own motor vehicle coverage, state law mandates that you carry liability coverage on your vehicle. Although you may have bought a policy when you had your first vehicle and have potentially even increased your coverage as your income has increased, not every driver makes such responsible choices.
The sad truth is that many drivers, either through intentional actions or forgetfulness, allow their insurance coverage to lapse. Compared to many other states, Virginia has a relatively low rate of uninsured drivers on the road. In 2019, the most recent year with data available, roughly 10.5% of Virginia drivers didn’t have coverage at any given moment.
If you get into a crash caused by one of these drivers, there won’t be any liability insurance to reimburse you for your expenses.
Seeking compensation after a crash with an uninsured driver
You may still have the option of filing an insurance claim if your own coverage includes uninsured motorist protection.
Virginia law requires that auto insurance policies carry uninsured motorist coverage. This type of coverage helps to protect you when injuries or damages are caused by a third party without any liability insurance. It is important to make sure that you have sufficient uninsured motorist coverage.
Understanding the options available for compensation after a crash can minimize your personal financial losses from a wreck.