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Insurance Question from Hanover, OH

Asked on 07/27/2010

Have Uninsured cov. Totaled car fault caused by skip & run did not hit me witness to back up story. Insurance doesn’t want to pay? Options? I have uninsured auto coverage. Was in a car accident where another car ran me off road into guard rail. Other car did not touch me and then left with no way to identify. Witness saw accident and told police. Police report backs up story. Safe Auto does not want to pay for repairs on auto. Said that since he did not hit car then they do not have to pay. Options?

Answer given on July 29, 2010

Uninsured motorist coverage, for vehicle damage, is intended to protect you when there is a collision involving an uninsured, identifiable driver.  In your case there was no actual collision and the other party is not identifiable, therefore uninsured motorist coverage would not apply to this incident.

If you have collision coverage on your car, the insurance company will pay for the damages to your car, less your deductible.  Since you have a witness and police report, the collision should not be considered a chargeable accident so your insurance rates should not be affected.

If you have injuries, your medical payments coverage would apply.  In addition, the uninsured motorist coverage could apply to the injuries, since there are different requirements for that coverage to respond.  Talk to your insurance agent.  They should be able to assist you in the proper way to report the claim.


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