Below are personal injury settlements that were paid by uninsured motorist (“UM”) insurers and underinsured motorist (“UIM”) insurers.
In these settlements, the careless driver didn’t have bodily injury liability (BIL) insurance, or didn’t have enough BIL insurance to pay for the claimant’s injuries.
Travelers UIM Insurance Pays $200K of $300K Settlement for Clearwater Car Accident (Broken Leg)
Ryan lived in Georgia. However, he was in Florida for a business trip. While in Florida, Ryan rented a car from Avis rental car.
Ryan was driving the rental car in Clearwater, Pinellas County, Florida. When doing so, another car was coming in the opposite direction.
The other car made a left hand turn and crashed into Ryan’s car. Consequently, they crashed.
The other driver got a ticket for failure to yield the right of way.
To illustrate, the diagram from the crash report is below. Ryan is vehicle #2 in the diagram.
After the accident, a friend took a photo of Ryan’s rental car. Here it is:
After the surgery, doctors took an x-ray of Ryan’s broken leg. Here is the image:
Allstate insured the driver who received a ticket for causing the crash. They paid his $100,000 BIL insurance limits.
In Georgia, Ryan owned a car. Travelers Insurance Company insured it. In fact, Ryan had underinsured motorist insurance on his car.
As a result, Travelers paid us $200,000 as Ryan’s uninsured motorist insurance settlement.
Again, the entire personal injury settlement was for $300,000. This is a very basic version of this uninsured motorist insurance settlement.
This claim was actually complicated.
Because Ryan was injured in while visiting from another state. I had to deal with the laws of two states. This required lots of research.
In addition, the at fault driver died. I made a claim against his estate.
Pedestrian’s UIM Insurer Pays $100K of $325K Settlement After Uninsured Car Hits Him in Coconut Grove
Here is a short video about this settlement:
A federal government employee was driving a car in Miami, Florida. He hit a pedestrian, who fractured his lower leg bone (tibia). I represented the pedestrian.
I argued that the government car was “uninsured” since the federal government is self-insured.
The pedestrian’s underinsured motorist (“UIM”) insurer, Ace Insurance Company, paid its $100,000 limits. The federal government and the employee’s rental car insurer paid a combined $225,000.
The total settlement against all parties was for $325,000. Most settlements for a pedestrian hit by a car are not this high. Thankfully, most people don’t need surgery if they are hit by a car.
Passenger and Driver UM Insurers Pay $130,000 for Shoulder Injury
A passenger was in a car on a highway in Bonifay, Florida. An uninsured car hit them.
The passenger claimed the the crash caused or worsened her rotator cuff tear.
She made a claim against her UM insurer, and the UM insurer of the car that she was in (“host car”). Nationwide Insurance Company insured each.
Nationwide paid the host car’s $100,000 UM insurance limits, and $30,000 of the passenger’s UM insurance policy. The total settlement was for $130,000.
The host car’s Medical payments (Medpay) insurance paid $8,433 of her medical bills.
Allstate UIM Insurance Pays $100K of $150K Settlement (Miami Car Accident)
Allstate paid its UIM policy limits of $100K to settle a car accident case. This was a left turn accident settlement.
The injured passenger claimed that the crash caused or worsened a herniated disc.
He had low back surgery (fusion).
Surgery increases the full settlement value of a case.
Progressive insured the careless driver, and paid its $50k limits to settle.
$100K Uninsured Motorist Settlement for Pedestrian Hit By Car (Miami-Dade)
A pedestrian was hit by a car in Homestead, Miami-Dade County, Florida. She had fractures in face, resulting in surgery.
Imperial Fire & Casualty Insurance (RAC partners) insured the driver with $10,000 BI limits. They paid the $10,000 limits.
The pedestrian was a named insured on a car insurance policy with $100,000 in UM coverage with Progressive. Progressive paid the $100,000 UIM insurance limits.
UM Insurer Pays $10K of $210K Settlement for Truck Crash (Shoulder Injury)
Bob (not real name) was driving a truck for work. The front of his truck smashed into the back of a truck that Mike was driving for work.
Mike hurt his shoulder. Bob’s employer, a trucking company, had a $2 Million dollar BI policy with a $250,000 self-insured retention.
We argued that the trucking company was “uninsured” under Florida law, since the trucking company had a self-insured retention.
Mike had a $10,000 of Progressive UM insurance on his personal car. Even though Mike was driving a work vehicle, Mike’s Progressive Insurance paid the truck driver its $10,000 UM limits.
$50K Uninsured Motorist Insurance Settlement with GEICO (Hip Fracture)
A young driver (Andrew) lost control of his car. He crashed into the guardrail. He suffered a hip fracture. An ambulance took him to the hospital.
Doctors performed surgery on him. Specifically, they put hardware put inside his hip.
Andrew told the police officer that another car cut him off. He said that the other car left the scene.
Andrew received a ticket.
He actually hired us for another accident. He had a broken wrist from that other accident. We settled his case for $35,000 (policy limits). During that claim, we learned about his hip fracture.
He didn’t know that he had an uninsured motorist insurance claim. Fortunately, his mother had purchased $10,000 worth of stacking uninsured motorist (“UM”) coverage with GEICO. She had five vehicles under the GEICO policy. Thus, there was $50,000 in uninsured motorist insurance.
We settled his hip fracture case for the $50,000 uninsured motorist insurance limits. GEICO quickly paid me the limits. The uninsured motorist insurance adjuster didn’t even take Andrew’s statement.
$45K Uninsured Motorist Insurance Payout with Lyft/York ($70k Total Settlement)
A Lyft passenger was injured in a car accident in Miami Shores. The passenger claimed that the crash caused his injuries.
Specifically, he claimed that he had neck and back pain. He also had wrist and ankle injuries.
Once an Uber vehicle is engaged in a ride, there is $1 million of available uninsured motorist insurance. That is awesome news for passengers and drivers.
Lyft has $250,000 in uninsured motorist coverage when the vehicle is engaged in a ride.
Driver’s Uninsured Motorist Insurer Pays $47K of $57K Settlement for Back Injury
A police officer suffered back injury, while he was on duty, when he was rear ended in a car accident in Medley, Miami-Dade County, Florida.
The driver who caused the accident received a ticket for following too closely. We received the policy limits of $10,000 from the at fault party’s insurance company, State Farm.
My client suffered a bulging disc and was a candidate for back surgery (lumbar laminectomy). He had epidural shots to his lower back.
Travelers Insurance insured the police officer’s personal car with uninsured motorist insurance. Even though he was working at the time of the accident, Travelers UIM paid $47,000 to settle the case.
Since the cop was working at the time of the crash, workers compensation for the police department paid over $17,000 in indemnity (lost wages) and medical benefits.
Bicyclist’s UIM Insurer Pays $42,500 of $52,000 Settlement for Back Injury
A bicyclist was riding his bike in Miami-Dade County, Florida. A car cut him off and they crashed.
The bike rider claimed that he suffered a herniated disc and compression fracture in his spine. The car had $10,000 in BI insurance. The car’s insurer paid its $10,000 limits.
USAA insured the bicyclist’s car with UIM insurance. USAA paid $42,500 to settle.
UIM Insurer Pays $19K of $39K Settlement for Back and Neck Injury (Truck Accident)
Eric (not real name), a man in his 30’s, was diagnosed with a herniated disc in his lower back following an auto accident. The damage to his pickup truck is below.
The crash happened in Pinecrest, Miami-Dade County, Florida. Before this crash, he received years of chiropractic treatment on the same levels in his lower back that he claimed were injured in this accident.
He had epidurals to his lower back after this accident. GEICO insured the negligent driver with $20,000 of bodily injury (BI) liability coverage.
GEICO paid its $20,000 limits. My client had UIM insurance coverage with Star & Shield Casualty (NARS).
North American Risk Services (NARS) handled the claim for Star & Shield.
NARS paid $19,000 to settle his personal injury claim. The total settlement was $39,000.
Settlement Date: March 2014.
Uninsured Motorist Insurer Pays $25K of $33K Settlement (Hip Fracture)
On July 30, 2018, Shankeva was a passenger in her boyfriend’s car in Holly Hill, Florida.
Another driver (vehicle 1) hit another car (vehicle 2) head-on. Vehicle 2 then struck the car in which Shankeva was a passenger. The Daytona Beach News Journal wrote a story about this accident.
Shankeva suffered an acetabular fracture. An acetabular fracture is a break in the socket portion of the “ball-and-socket” hip joint.
Unfortunately, vehicle 1 only had $10,000 per person in BIL insurance. This was a multi-car accident. We got $8,000 of the $10,000 BIL insurance limit.
Shankeva was a passenger in a car that State Farm insured.
The good news?
Specifically, the car had $25,000 per person in uninsured motorist insurance coverage.
Within just 30 days of the accident, State Farm paid us the $25,000 uninsured motorist insurance limit. I settled the entire injury claim for $33,000. Most of the settlement was for pain and suffering.
GEICO UM Insurance Pays $30,000 for Herniated Disc
My client claimed that a rear end crash caused her herniated disc.
The accident happened in Miami, Florida.
$25,000 Uninsured Motorist Insurance Settlement for Pinecrest Accident (Herniated Disc)
See a case where a passenger was rear ended by an uninsured driver. The crash happened in Key Largo, Florida.
Here is my client’s video testimonial:
Progressive UM Insurance Pays $10K of $20K Settlement for Homestead Car Accident (Finger Injury)
Here is a short video about the settlement:
Tracy was driving a pickup truck in Homestead, Florida. Unfortunately, another driver crashed into the back of Tracy’s truck.
Tracy suffered a cuts to his finger. He also complained of shoulder pain and bruising to his leg and spine.
Tracy had a small, permanent scar to his finger, from the avulsion injury.
He never regained sensation to the tip of his finger.
Tracy had $10,000 in uninsured motorist insurance with Progressive. Progressive (UIM) paid us $10,000 to settle the case.
The entire settlement was for $20,000. I represented him.
Progressive UM Insurance Pays $10K of $20K Settlement for Miami Car Accident (Herniated Disc and Scar)
Liz was in a car that was T-boned by another car at an intersection in Miami-Dade County, Florida.
Liz claimed that the accident caused or aggravated a herniated disc in her lower back.
I represented Liz.
Progressive UM Insurance Pays $10K of $20K Settlement for Miami Car Accident (Herniated Disc)
Henry was in a car that was T-boned by another car at an intersection in Miami-Dade County, Florida. After the accident, he hired a Miami car accident lawyer (me).
Henry claimed that the accident caused or aggravated a herniated disc in her lower back.
Infinity Indemnity Insurance Company insured the other driver. Infinity paid the BI liability insurance $10,000 limits.
Progressive Insurance paid its $10,000 UIM Insurance limits.
Will I Get an Uninsured Motorist Insurance Settlement if I’m Injured While on a Motorcycle?
Possibly. There will need to be uninsured motorist insurance on the motorcycle. If not, if the motorcyclist owns a car with uninsured motorist insurance, it may pay the rider.
Likewise, if the motorcycle rider lives with a relative who had uninsured motorist insurance, it may pay compensation.
Whether or not the injured person will be entitled to the relative’s uninsured motorist insurance depends on how the term “insured” is defined in under the liability and uninsured motorist coverage in the policy.
Some insurance policies have said that a relative who owns a car isn’t an insured under the policy. In that instance, the injured motorcycle rider isn’t entitled to his relative’s uninsured motorist insurance.
Years ago, Dairyland Insurance Company’s auto insurance policy said that a relative who owned car couldn’t claim uninsured motorist insurance under their relative’s auto policy. The court agreed. The case is Dairyland Insurance Co. v. Kriz, 495 So.2d 892 (Fla. 1st DCA 1986).
In another case, a court rejected a similar claim for uninsured motorist benefits with Liberty Mutual. The case was France v. Liberty Mutual Insurance Company, 380 So.2d 1155 (Fla. 3d DCA 1980). This was an older case. It’s possible that Liberty Mutual’s current insurance policy would provide UM benefits.
I can’t stress this enough:
The injured person (or his attorney) needs to get a copy of the complete auto insurance policy.
Additionally, for uninsured motorist insurance to apply, another’s driver’s negligence must have caused the motorcycle rider’s injury. Otherwise, the rider won’t be entitled to a motorcycle accident settlement. At least not from uninsured motorist insurance.
Will a Rental Car Driver’s Personal Uninsured Motorist Insurance Cover You if You’re Injured While a Passenger?
No, if you are not a relative of the rental car driver.
Let me give an example to explain this.
Assume Amy has uninsured motorist coverage on her personal car. Amy is not related to Bob.
While on vacation in Florida, Amy rents a car. Amy and Bob are in the rental car. An uninsured driver (of another car) hits Amy’s rental car. The other driver was negligent. As a result, Bob is injured.
Will Amy’s uninsured motorist insurance pay for Bob’s medical bills? Will Amy’s uninsured motorist insurance pay compensation for Bob’s lost wages? What about Bob’s pain and suffering?
In this example, the answer is No. Amy’s uninsured motorist insurance will not pay for Bob’s injury.
Because Bob is a a Class II insured. In other words, Bob is not a relative of Amy’s.
A class II insured only gets the benefit of uninsured motorist insurance on the car itself. A class II insured can’t tap into the rental car driver’s personal uninsured motorist coverage.
What if Bob was a relative of Amy, and he lived with her?
In this instance, Bob may be able to get a settlement with Amy’s uninsured motorist insurance company.
Because resident relatives are considered Class I insureds. A Class I insured is entitled to the rental car driver’s personal uninsured motorist insurance.
Will You Get an Uninsured Motorist Insurance Claim Payout if You’re Hurt While in an Alamo Rental Car?
Maybe. I’ve already given several examples from above.
If you rented a car from Alamo Rent a Car, hopefully you purchased Extended Protection (EP).
EP includes UM/UIM coverage for bodily injury and property damage in an amount equal to the minimum financial responsibility limits applicable to the Vehicle (the Primary Protection).
EP also includes additional coverage through an excess liability policy, with limits for the difference between the statutory minimum underlying limits and $100,000 per accident.
This EP insurance coverage is underwritten by Ace American Insurance Company.
Will You Get an Uninsured Motorist Insurance Claim Payout if You were in an Thrifty Rental Car?
If you rented a car from Thrifty Rent a Car, hopefully you purchased Liability Insurance Supplement (LIS).
LIS includes uninsured/underinsured (UM/UIM) motorist coverage (while occupying the car) for bodily injury and property damage.
It get’s better:
When it comes to uninsured motorist insurance, Thrifty’s LIS is better than Alamo’s Extended Protection (EP).
Specifically, the UM/UIM coverage is for the difference between the state minimum underlying limits and $1,000,000 for each accident. Florida doesn’t have a state minimum UM requirement.
Thus, the LIS uninsured motorist insurance limit is $1 million.
Who insures Thrifty?
Just like Alamo, Ace American Insurance insures Thrifty. ESIS handles Thrifty’s car accident claims and settlements.
In 2016, ACE Limited bought Chubb.
How Long Does It Take to Get an Uninsured Motorist Insurance Settlement?
It varies from a case to case. I know people don’t want to hear that answer. But it’s the truth.
There are countless factors that affect the time it takes to settle a personal injury case.
You’ve now seen some of my uninsured motorist settlements. Please take a look at some of my personal injury settlements.
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