Did you know that 50% of motorists in most major states drive without insurance?
If you are involved in an accident with an uninsured driver or an unidentifiable driver that flees from the scene of the collision and you sustained injuries and damage to your vehicle, you must file an uninsured motorists claim with your insurance company.
Uninsured motorists coverage is coverage you purchase from your own insurance company. This type of coverage is voluntary. Ohio law no longer makes it mandatory for insurance companies to offer you uninsured motorists coverage. If you don’t have uninsured motorists coverage, you need to make sure that you purchase this coverage from your insurance company. Most insurance companies require that you show that the other driver was in fact uninsured. You need to produce evidence such as a statement from the driver’s insurance company or the Secretary of State confirming that the driver did not have insurance. You must also show that the driver’s vehicle made physical contact with your vehicle and that the uninsured driver caused the accident.
It is very important that you gather all of the necessary evidence including the following:
1. Obtain as many witness names and addresses as possible
2. Contact the police and file an accident report
3. Take pictures of your vehicle
4. Obtain medical treatment as soon as possible
5. Take down as many notes about the accident as possible
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