Wednesday, June 27, 2001

Panel votes not to require offering uninsured motorist coverage

The Associated Press

        COLUMBUS — A House committee on Tuesday voted to remove a requirement that insurance companies offer uninsured and underinsured motorist coverage.

        The bill was introduced in reaction to two Ohio Supreme Court rulings that the insurance industry says could cost $1.5 billion in uninsured motorist claims.

        The coverage protects drivers if they are hit by someone who isn't insured or who doesn't carry enough insurance to cover damages and medical expenses. Without it, an individual or company would be limited in the damages they could collect in an accident involving a driver with little or no insurance.

        Supporters said removing the mandatory clause would eliminate the Supreme Court's ability to involve itself in lawsuits over uninsured coverage. The insurance industry said it would continue to offer such coverage.


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