The direct benefits of having uninsured motorist (UM) coverage on their car insurance are obvious to most drivers. Such a coverage provides compensation for the insured’s bodily injuries and property damage in the event of collision with another driver, who does not have a valid liability insurance. In some cases, the uninsured motorist coverage also operates as underinsured (UIM) coverage, under which the injured party might obtain additional recovery from its own policy if the recovery from the liable party was not sufficient to compensate for all the injuries and damages, because that other party’s policy was insufficient, and he was “underinsured.”
However, every drivers should consider the other profound but not so obvious advantage of having uninsured motorist coverage. Generally, the more responsible people are also act more responsible on the road and are generally considered to be safer drivers. A person who is not responsible enough to comply with the law and have a liability insurance is more likely to drive irresponsibly and create dangerous situations on the road by speeding or otherwise acting “cool” on the road. Thus, the likelihood of getting into a serious accident with an uninsured motorist is higher than with a driver who is properly insured.
Further, people who cause serious accidents tend to flee from the scene of the incident more often to escape significant liability. An uninsured driver has even more reasons to try and run from the scene of the accident in order to not be cited for not having valid insurance. For a relatively small cost, your uninsured motorist coverage will cover your expenses for damages and injuries in a hit-and-run situation as well.
So, make sure you have an uninsured/underinsured coverage on your car insurance policy, as it provides significant and important protection for the most serious accidents.