How to claim against an uninsured driver
Uninsured drivers are involved in more than 25,000 incidents a year on our roads. And, considering driving without insurance is illegal in the UK, that’s a lot of risky drivers out there.
But with no insurance, how do claims get paid out? And what should you do if you find yourself having to claim against an uninsured driver? Our guide takes you through making a claim against an uninsured driver.
In This Guide:
- What should I do if I am hit?
- What level of car insurance do I need to claim?
- The motor insurers bureau (mib)
- Will claiming against an uninsured driver affect my car insurance premium?
What should I do if I am hit?
If you’re ever involved in an incident, there are essential steps to take:
Pay Attention to the Details
The first thing to do is take note of as much information as possible, that means taking down the registration, make and model of the vehicle. Also note the date, time and location of the incident. You should always take photos if you can – this helps provide evidence in any claim and we’d also recommend taking a mental picture of the driver, you never know when it could come in handy. This is the standard procedure.
Exchanging Insurance Information
So, you’ve done the above and now it’s time to exchange details. This step… gets a bit tricky if the other party doesn’t have insurance, and if they’re reluctant to pass on insurance information or outright refuse to, then things can become a little more complicated.
It’s illegal to drive without car insurance in the UK. Therefore, if the offending driver doesn’t, it’s likely they’ll find another route to make amendments or reconciliations, which might be straight-up offering to exchange bank details. Of course, remember that many insured drivers take this route too, preferring to settle outside of insurance for minor incidents, however if you are feeling uncertain or sceptical of the validity of the information passed to you, then you can always check whether the driver has insurance by using the Motor Insurance Database (MID). The MID will tell you instantly whether a vehicle has insurance and we recommend doing this to ease any doubt.
Hit and Run
We’re aware that, sadly, some drivers are rogue and aren’t going to stick around in the event of an incident. In this case, still take down as much information as you can and make a police report, as not leaving details constitutes an offence. They may eventually track down the driver and, if they have insurance, you can make a claim. However, the offender might not have insurance nor even be traceable, so we’ll talk you through what your options are a little later on.
What level of car insurance do I need to claim?
If you’ve been involved in an incident with an uninsured driver then you can claim damages through your insurance company if you have comprehensive cover. Whereas, unfortunately, those who only have a Third Party, Fire and Theft policy will not be covered for claims against an uninsured driver, irrespective of whether it was your fault or not. We advise you bear this in mind when thinking about going for a cheaper car insurance quote.
Don’t fear though - there are options! You can lodge a claim with the MIB instead, which is also of interest to those who don’t want to claim on their own insurance; however, be aware that these claims can take a long time to process and you may have to front the repair costs yourself first. But let’s back up, just what is the MIB?
The motor insurers bureau (mib)
The MIB was set up to help drivers in the event that they are involved in an incident with an uninsured driver. There will be certain criteria you have to meet such as how quickly after the incident you file a claim, but they can assist you with the process and may be able to compensate you in the absence of an insurance company.
A saving grace, yes, but where do the MIB get the money to pay compensation? It’s actually from us: on the hefty premiums we face, a portion is siphoned off to the MIB from our insurance companies, in order for them to pay out on successful claims on uninsured and untraceable drivers. So, a big thanks again to those driving without insurance...
Will claiming against an uninsured driver affect my car insurance premium?
In short, it’s likely. Dependent on the extent of the damage to your vehicle, you may be compelled to claim the damages through your insurance company. This is if, say, there’s significant damage to your car as opposed to a scrape, which might not be worth making a claim for, as it's probably cheaper to fix yourself rather than to face a potential premium increase. We know, there’s no justice.
In most cases, if you make a claim on your car insurance, you’ll lose your no-claims bonus. You may be reluctant to, but we know that sometimes claiming is unavoidable.
But don’t fret, there are some policies that have exemption clauses which are often referred to as an Uninsured Driver Promise. This clause protects your no claims bonus in the event of having to claim against an uninsured driver if, and we stress, it wasn’t your fault. Just note that this promise is usually only included in comprehensive levels of cover car insurance.
Now you know what to be aware of, especially if you’re looking for cheap car insurance: you always get what you pay for.