Uninsured Drivers Pose Serious Risk in Oklahoma Auto Accidents

by Keith Adkins

When an Oklahoma auto accident occurs, having insurance coverage can be crucial when it comes time to pay expenses; however, Oklahoma has one of the highest uninsured motorist rates in the United States today.

An investigative report from Oklahoma’s News 9 shows as many as one in four Oklahoma vehicles is on the road without proper insurance coverage. Oklahoma’s Insurance Commissioner, John Doak, passed a law in 2013 that was aimed at reducing the number of uninsured Oklahoma vehicles that were on the road by allowing officers to place a temporary tag on uninsured vehicles that provided coverage for up to 10 days. If the owner of the vehicle wants to get their original tag back, they must provide proof of insurance coverage within that 10-day period.

While the policy sounded wonderful in theory, it has been found to be ineffective in practice. Only six tags were taken during the program’s first year and less that half of all Oklahoma’s 77 Counties took a set of tags last year.

With this particular law being unable to provide motorists with adequate protection from uninsured drivers, the Oklahoma personal injury lawyers with Colbert Cooper Hill Attorneys say it’s more important that ever before to be aware of your legal rights if you’ve been involved in an accident with an uninsured vehicle. Speaking with an attorney can help you understand your rights.

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