The unemployment rate has finally started to decline in Pennsylvania, but the risk of a car accident with an uninsured motorist remains high. What do auto accidents have to do with the unemployment rate? More than you may think. Each time the unemployment rate goes up 1 percent, the number of uninsured drivers increases by an estimated 1 percent, according to a 2009 study.
Pennsylvania’s unemployment rate reached 8.5 percent in February this year. That’s down from the state’s 20 year high of 9.7 percent unemployment in February 2010. But such figures are far higher than past unemployment figures, which ranged from 3.67 to 6.3 percent in Pennsylvania between 2000 and 2008.
An estimated 16 percent of drivers have no auto insurance. Car accidents involving uninsured motorists can be complicated. Your best option for protection is to purchase an insurance policy with uninsured motorist coverage. That way, if you are involved in an auto accident with an uninsured motorist, you may recover money by making a claim against your own insurance company.
At Metzger Wickersham, our lawyers have years of experience helping drivers injured by reckless uninsured motorists fight to get the maximum compensation they deserve. If you or a loved one has been injured in an accident with an uninsured motorist, contact our firm for a free consultation.