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Uninsured and Underinsured Motorists

Mesa Uninsured & Underinsured Motorist Attorneys

Protecting Our Clients’ Rights to Recovery

At Skousen, Gulbrandsen & Patience, PLC, our team understands how frustrating and frightening it can be to be injured in a car accident, only to learn that the at-fault driver lacks the insurance you need to cover your losses. Injuries can be expensive to treat, and it doesn’t help that you’re also losing wages from having to miss work. Recovering from injuries can put a financial strain on both you and your family, which is unfair when you didn’t cause your accident. Fortunately, our Mesa uninsured and underinsured motorist attorneys have decades of experience helping clients secure the compensation they need to successfully heal, including in accidents where the driver doesn’t have adequate insurance. Whether you were in a truck accident, car crash, or a hit and run, we can analyze your existing insurance policy and find a solution that benefits you.

Call our lawyers at (480) 999-9181 today to take advantage of your free consultation, or contact us online. We speak English and Spanish and have served our community for 60 years.

Uninsured Vs. Underinsured Motorist Coverage

Uninsured and underinsured motorist coverage are benefits that can be payable to you by your insurance company in the event that you’re injured by a driver who lacks the coverage you need.

The main difference between uninsured and underinsured motorist coverage is whether the driver who caused your injuries has the auto insurance to cover damages after an accident. If the driver has no insurance, you can file a claim with your insurance company through UM coverage.

If the driver has insurance, but it’s not enough to cover the full extent of your damages, you may have to file two claims: one against the driver, and one with your own insurer. This means that if the total cost of your damages is $40,000 and the driver who injured you is only covered for $25,000, then your insurance can cover you for the remaining $15,000. In order to obtain compensation from UIM coverage, your damages must be higher than the limits in the at-fault driver’s policy, and you must have purchased more UIM coverage than the driver’s liability insurance limits.

Uninsured and underinsured motorist coverage provides the same protections and can cover the following damages:

  • Medical expenses for injuries
  • Loss of income
  • Funeral or burial costs, if the injured individual passed away
  • Costs of treating emotional and mental issues

Both types of insurance cover motorists and usually pedestrians and bicyclists who are injured in accidents. Uninsured motorist coverage is usually accessed after a hit and run accident, as the driver can’t be located and held accountable.

What Are Arizona’s Liability Insurance Requirements?

Arizona law requires all drivers to carry liability insurance, though unfortunately many drivers don’t comply with this, or they have limited coverage. According to the Insurance Information Institute, 12 percent of drivers in the state are uninsured.

As of July 2020, Arizona’s minimum required policy structure includes:

  • $15,000 per accident for property damage
  • $25,000 per person for bodily injury or death
  • $50,000 per accident for total bodily injury or death

If motorists are caught operating vehicles without having the minimum insurance required, they can face penalties such as license suspension, suspension of vehicle registration plates, and a $500 to $1,000 fine.

What to Do After an Accident

After a car accident, it’s important to seek medical attention if you’re injured. Injuries can range in severity and include abrasions, whiplash, broken and crushed bones, loss of limbs, spinal cord and neck injuries, brain and head injuries, and more. However, some injuries aren’t obvious immediately following your accident and can appear over the following days and weeks – it’s important that you get checked by a doctor even if you think your injuries are minor.

Once you’ve been diagnosed and treated, you should hold onto your medical records and receipts and then call our firm for a free consultation. Having a lawyer to handle your case means you don’t need to worry about doing extra work to gather evidence – we can do this and much more.

Our attorneys can communicate with your insurance provider and examine your policy to determine if you have uninsured or underinsured motorist coverage. We can also handle all communication with your insurance provider and can ensure that adjusters don’t undermine your claim or give you any less than what you deserve.

Our team can work tirelessly to obtain the coverage you need to pay your medical bills and make sure you get the treatment you need. We can also file your claims in a timely manner, as individuals have three years from the date of injury to file a UM/UIM claim in Arizona.

Call our lawyers at (480) 999-9181 today to take advantage of your free consultation, or contact us online. We speak English and Spanish and have served our community for 60 years.

Client Testimonials

We've Helped Thousands of Clients Throughout the East Valley
  • “Jess was amazing. He instantly put my mind at ease on the handling of my case. If you want great results and to deal with great people, Jess Gulbrandsen is who you need to see after a car accident.”

    - Todd, Client
  • “I got into a real bad roll-over, and they did everything to their ability to get me what was right. I just want to give a huge thanks to Chris and Ria for all the wonderful help and time that they put into my case, as it was a long one.”

    - Matt, Client
  • “My experience with Skousen, Gulbrandsen & Patience has been nothing short of amazing... I recommend Skousen, Gulbrandsen & Patience to all my friends and family.”

    - Rusty, Client
  • “Being in a car accident was difficult enough. Not having to worry about the case or how things would be paid out for medical expenses was the greatest…Thanks so much for everything!”

    - Lynsey, Consultant
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Client Victories

Millions Recovered in Successful Verdicts & Settlements
  • Bus Rollover Crash $50 Million

    Over $50 million recovered in a case involving multiple attorneys and victims in a bus rollover crash.

  • Truck Accident $10 Million

    We recovered over $10 million for a family involved in a trucking accident case.

  • Motor Vehicle Accident $5.3 Million

    We recovered $5.3 million for a client involved in a motor vehicle accident.

  • Biking Accident $5 Million

    We recovered $5 million for a client involved in a biking accident.

  • Burn Injury $1.5 Million

    We recovered $1.5 million for a burn victim.

  • Motorcycle Accident $1.5 Million

    We recovered $1.5 million for a client involved in a motorcycle accident.

  • Tire Defect $1.5 Million

    We recovered $1.5 million for a client against a tire manufacturer involving a tire defect.

  • Car Accident $1.25 Million

    We recovered $1.25 million in a car accident involving a rollover.

  • Motor Vehicle Accident $1 Million

    We recovered $1 million for a client involved in a motor vehicle accident.

  • Sand Rail Accident $450,000

    We recovered $450,000 for a client involved in a sand rail accident.

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What We Offer Our Clients

Why You Can Trust Us to Handle Your Case:
  • A Record of Results

    We have recovered millions of dollars for injured clients throughout Arizona and are proud members of the prestigious Million Dollar Advocates Forum.

  • Experience on Your Side

    Founded in 1961, we are among the oldest firms in the East Valley, proudly serving injured clients in our communities for 60 years.

  • Personalized Legal Solutions

    We believe in treating each client and case with the individualized care and attention that they deserve.

  • Dedicated Attention

    When you hire our firm, you will work with one attorney from start to finish, ensuring that your representation is intimately familiar with the details of your case.

We Are Here for You

Our law offices are open to all who are in need. This is our community too and we want to see victims justified. If you live in the Mesa area and need a team of professionals on your side, call us and we will fight for justice by fighting for you.