In West Virginia, uninsured motorists cause a wide range of auto accidents every year, from fender benders to fatal collisions. The only real precaution you can take to safeguard yourself is to carry uninsured motorist coverage on your auto policy. As a matter of fact, the state of West Virginia requires every driver to carry at least $20,000 in uninsured motorist coverage.
Uninsured motorist coverage protects you in the event that a driver who hits you is driving illegally without insurance. While insurance companies will work to pay your claim, they will also work against you in many cases to pay you the bare minimum. But they’re supposed to be your ally, right? Wrong. Insurance companies make money by collecting premiums and paying out as little as possible to claimants. That’s why it is often necessary to hire a lawyer to fight for your rights in an uninsured motorist claim.
A lawyer can help you gather evidence to support your claim, call in expert witnesses to testify on your behalf, and gather reports from eyewitnesses who can corroborate your case. If you’ve been hit by an uninsured or underinsured motorist on I-79, Route 50 or in locations such as Upshur County or Harrison County, it is imperative that you call a reliable auto accident attorney to defend your rights. A lawyer can help you recover damages for your injuries to cover your medical expenses, lost time from work and/or pain and suffering.