In just the past few days, there has been two separate horrific car accidents causing the death of a 17-year-old in one case and a 70-year-old woman in the other. With one being caused by a drunk driver and the second caused by someone fleeing another car accident, these crashes are a reminder of the importance of underinsured motorist coverage to protect you and your family.
Last Friday, 17-year-old Sophie Delott was struck and killed by a car while biking on the Indian Rocks Causeway Bridge on Friday night, according to the Tampa Bay Times. Miss Delott was the only female on the Seminole High School football team and recently enlisted in the U.S. Marines.
Two days earlier, 70-year-old Margaret Waller was killed after a driver sped through a red light causing a car accident and then ran over Ms. Waller as she stood at the crosswalk. The Tampa Bay Times reports that just before the crash, police said the driver was involved in another collision while driving west on Central Avenue. He struck an unidentified SUV at 49th Street N, police said, then sped away and crashed into the Hyundai.
In these two instances, a 17-year-old and a 70-year-old were killed by drivers who were 69 years old and 19 years old. Sadly, car accidents are not age discriminatory. That’s why uninsured or underinsured motorist coverage is important. Underinsured motorist coverage will provide coverage to their survivors. Although no amount of money can provide justice, additional insurance coverage can pay for medical expenses and compensate the family for loss of wages and loss of their loved one.
Check your automobile insurance coverage to make sure you have uninsured or underinsured motorist coverage. Because Florida does not require most drivers to carry bodily injury liability coverage, uninsured or underinsured motorist coverage is the only way to protect you from drivers that may be inadequately insured.
My thoughts and prayers go out to the Delott and Waller families and all those families who lose loved ones because of a crash.
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