Nekoosa, WI asked in Car Accidents for Wisconsin

Q: if a policy holder had a medical emergency, crashed into a tree, died, no other vehicles involved, what would their

insurance company pay

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James L. Arrasmith
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  • Personal Injury Lawyer
  • Sacramento, CA

A: In the event of a single-vehicle accident where the policyholder crashes into a tree and dies due to a medical emergency, the insurance company's payment would depend on the specific coverage included in the policyholder's insurance policy. Here's what a typical insurance company might cover:

1. Collision coverage: If the policyholder had collision coverage, the insurance company would pay for the damages to the vehicle caused by the crash, minus any deductible. However, if the policyholder only had liability coverage, the insurance company would not cover the damages to the policyholder's vehicle.

2. Personal Injury Protection (PIP) or Medical Payments (MedPay): If the policy included PIP or MedPay, the insurance company would cover the policyholder's medical expenses up to the policy limits, regardless of who was at fault for the accident.

3. Life insurance: If the policyholder had a life insurance policy through the auto insurance company, the beneficiaries named in the policy would receive a death benefit payout. However, this is not typically included in a standard auto insurance policy.

4. Funeral expenses: Some insurance policies may include a small amount of coverage for funeral expenses, but this varies by insurer and policy.

It's important to note that the insurance company would investigate the accident to determine if the medical emergency was the cause of the crash. They may request an autopsy or review medical records to confirm the cause of death.

In this scenario, since no other vehicles were involved, and the policyholder was at fault due to the medical emergency, the insurance company would not be liable for any damages or injuries to third parties.

Tim Akpinar
Tim Akpinar
  • Personal Injury Lawyer
  • Little Neck, NY

A: I'm sorry for the loss of the driver - it would probably be best to review the policy thoroughly, with an attorney if necessary, to find out exactly what benefits it includes. There are certain statutory minimum coverages included in auto policies across the nation, governed by state law. But policyholders may have the right to opt for or decline some provisions. It can sometimes be policy-specific. Good luck

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