What to do if I was hit by a drunk driver and it appears that he has no insurance?

My insurance did not have uninsured motorist coverage. What can I do?

Asked on September 4, 2012 under Accident Law, Ohio

Answers:

Leigh Anne Timiney / Timiney Law Firm

Answered 8 years ago | Contributor

Unfortunately, if the person who caused the accident does not have auto insurance and you do not carry uninsured coverage, your options are limited.  You can bring a civil claim against the drunk driver for the damage to your vehicle, however, if the driver does not carry auto insurance, it is not very likely that he or she will have the means to pay a judgment if you were to get one against him or her.  You could end up spending a lot of money out of pocket and have very little if any recovery in the end. 


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