What happens if you're in an accident with an uninsured driver?

Author's Note

I was particularly interested in this assignment because a good friend of mine had been injured – and her car totaled – in an auto accident caused by an uninsured driver. This was in a tort state. My friend was out of luck. It would have done no good to sue the uninsured driver because that person had no assets. My friend's own insurance company was not going to pay because the accident was not my friend's fault.

In my research, I learned that my friend's problem was not unusual. There are a lot of uninsured drivers, and if you are unlucky enough to get into an accident caused by one of them, you may be in a bad situation. One of the most important things I learned is that you can pay to add uninsured motorist coverage to your policy. I also learned such coverage might be worthwhile even in a no-fault state.

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