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What Is Uninsured Motorist Coverage?

Uninsured motorist coverage is part of a car insurance policy that helps pay for your medical bills or car repairs if you're hit by a driver who doesn't have car insurance.

Typically, when you're in an accident and the other driver is at fault, his or her auto liability coverage would help pay for your medical bills or repairs to your car. But if the at-fault driver doesn't have car insurance, you may have to pay out of your own pocket for those expenses. That's where uninsured motorist coverage may help.

What Is Underinsured Motorist Coverage?

Underinsured motorist coverage is a protection that helps pay for your expenses if you're hit by an underinsured driver. So, what does it mean to be "underinsured"? An underinsured driver has auto liability insurance but either:

  • Their liability limits aren't enough to cover your bills after an accident, or
  • Their liability limits are less than or equal to your underinsured motorist coverage limit

What Does Uninsured Motorist Insurance Typically Cover?

Uninsured motorist coverage may offer two types of protection:

  • Uninsured motorist bodily injury coverage helps pay for your medical expenses resulting from an accident caused by an uninsured driver.
  • Uninsured motorist property damage coverage helps pay for repairs to your vehicle after an accident caused by an uninsured driver.

Is Uninsured Motorist Coverage Required?

Depending on where you live, uninsured motorist coverage may be required by law: 21 states and the District of Columbia have laws that make it mandatory.  Texas does not require this coverage.

Drivers in most states are legally required to carry auto liability insurance coverage. However, one in eight drivers on U.S. roads is uninsured, according to the Insurance Information Institute (III). So, it may be a good idea to consider uninsured motorist coverage, even if it's optional where you live.

Is Underinsured Motorist Coverage Required?

Underinsured motorist coverage is an optional protection and not required in Texas.

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