Owning a car or other vehicle in the New York City area always requires one thing if you’re planning to drive it: insurance. Like most states, car insurance is mandatory in the event you have an accident. If you’re leasing or financing your vehicle, you’ll be required to carry comprehension and collision insurance to cover the lienholder’s losses if you’re involved in an accident, as well as repair costs.
New York takes care insurance very seriously. Without it, the state can suspend your driver’s license as well as your vehicle registration. There may be additional fines as well. Despite the requirement, many people in Greenwich Village and NYC flout the law and drive without it. It’s fine—until there’s an accident. Then it becomes complicated.
Check Your Own Policy First
It may be a while since you reviewed your car insurance policy. If you’ve been involved in an accident, chances are that’s when you’ll be taking a closer look.
Many policies do have uninsured and underinsured coverage as an extension, but it’s important to check. New York requires policies to include this kind of coverage in order to receive plates and registration. If you don’t have uninsured/underinsured motorist insurance, it’s time to talk to your agent.
Note that this coverage applies only to bodily injury due to an accident in New York State. Damage to your vehicle and other property is not covered.
New York Is A No-Fault State
New York’s No-Fault laws mean that you’ll file a claim with your own insurance company for related injuries no matter who is at fault. The conditions are that:
- You’ve registered your vehicle in the State of New York
- The vehicle involved in the accident was covered by the policy
- The accident occurred in New York
These policies apply only to injuries related to this accident. You may be required to file a claim against the other party to recover expenses for more serious injuries and vehicle damage, including a total loss.
The conundrum is that an uninsured driver probably doesn’t have the resources to pay for an insurance policy, much less cover your claim for injuries and damage. That leaves you leaning on your own insurer for help.
A Note About Insurance Companies And Claims
Many times, you’ve followed the rules and paid your premiums, but you find that your insurance company is balking when it comes to paying your claim. Worse, they may offer you a paltry sum that won’t pay for everything but will settle your claim. It’s entirely possible that the insurer will deny your claim outright, even though you were not at fault and the other driver was uninsured.
If you find yourself in a situation like this, it’s time to get help from a Greenwich Village personal injury attorney.
Other Party an Uninsured Motorist? Let Hoffmaier & Hoffmaier Help
Having an accident in Greenwich Village, or anywhere in New York City, is difficult enough. Finding out the other driver is a uninsured motorist can be even more problematic.
We offer free consultations for any kind of accident. You can talk to someone today at Hoffmaier & Hoffmaier by calling (212) 777-9400, or use our website contact form. As a family-owned NYC personal injury law firm, we have over 26 years of experience helping injured people after a devastating accident. We offer a contingency fee arrangement that means we won’t get paid until you do, whether we settle your case out of court or litigate it in court.