Feb 18

13-Year-Old Driving Stolen Van – Think There’s Coverage?

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uninsured motorist coverageYet another reason to check your car insurance policy to make you have uninsured motorist coverage.

Bay News 9 reports that at around 11 p.m. Wednesday a Pinellas Park Police officer noticed a tan-colored Honda Odyssey van driving recklessly on 82nd Avenue in the 6300 block. While trying to catch up to the van, the officer saw the van run a red light at the intersection of 82nd Avenue and 66th Street. When the officer turned on his emergency lights, the driver of the van turned off all the van’s lights and attempted to escape, heading westbound on 82nd Avenue. The driver crashed the van into a neighborhood brick wall and fled. The suspect was found in the neighborhood just north of the crash scene. The driver was just 13 years old! Investigators later discovered that the van had been reported stolen out of Pasco County. The driver was charged with grand theft auto and leaving the scene of a crash.

A 13 year old driver. A stolen van. The commission of a felony. All signs that had this driver hurt someone in a car accident, the injured would have no recourse to pay medical bills, receive lost wages or recover additional damages if they did not carry uninsured motorist coverage (UM). Uninsured motorist coverage protects you and your family from other drivers – unlike your bodily injury liability (BI) coverage that protects others from your driving. I see too many of my clients have plenty of BI coverage and no uninsured motorist coverage. If you are going to pay premiums, pay for coverage that protects you and your family – get uninsured motorist coverage. Even better, get stacking uninsured motorist coverage (especially if you have more than one car on the policy). Stacking coverage provides additional protection for little additional cost.

Drive safely and watch out for those who don’t. Protect your family with uninsured motorist coverage.


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