Hit and Run Drivers – Why You Need Uninsured Motorist Coverage

Posted by Craig F. Schauermann | Mar 20, 2014 | 0 Comments

I was reading the Clark County Section of The Columbian newspaper on Friday, March 14, 2014 and noticed a very disturbing series of articles.

The lead article was about a woman that had been arrested for allegedly striking a 65 year old man in a crosswalk then driving away from the scene. A second article on the front page of this section dealt with a 28-year-old man that had been arrested after allegedly striking a 20 year old man and then also fleeing the scene. A third article on this same page explained about how two teens had allegedly left the scene after they had crashed their car. That was not the end of it. Inside the first page of the Clark County section was a FOURTH article about how police in Portland were seeking information about the driver of a minivan that had hit two pedestrians and also left the scene. WOW-4 articles about hit and run drivers in the paper on the same day. It appears to be an epidemic!

It occurred to me that many people don't know that they are covered by their uninsured motorist protection in their own automobile policy even when they are pedestrians, cyclists, or even passengers. Don't overlook this very valuable coverage when you are injured by a hit and run driver or when the other person's insurance is not enough to fully compensate you. And whatever you do-make sure that you have that coverage and that it is enough to take care of you or your family members if you are the victim of one of these terrible events.

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Craig F. Schauermann

Member.  Effective July 1, 2015, Craig Schauermann has transitioned from managing partner of the firm to an “Of Counsel” role with the firm. As a founding partner, along with William “Bill” Thayer, Craig's name will remain with the firm. Craig will continue his long history of mentorship to the firm's attorneys and contribute to the firm's active cases. You may contact him via this page, but he is not taking on new cases directly in his new role with the firm. Location: Vancouver, Washington Phone: 360-558-3766 Fax:               360-696-0583 Contact Craig Schuermann Emphasis: Before going of counsel July 1, 2015, Craig advised and advocated for his clients in personal injury and wrongful death cases for nearly 40 years. He continues to work part time with the attorneys in our office on matters relating to serious personal injuries and wrongful death. Professional Qualifications & Education: Bachelor of Arts, 1973 Washington State University; Juris Doctor degree, 1976 University of Puget Sound; Licensed to practice before all courts in the State of Washington, the Western and Eastern District Federal Courts of the State of Washington, and the Ninth Circuit and the United States Supreme Court. Professional Experience: Craig started work in Seattle as an associate with a small personal injury firm and moved to Clark County in January of 1979. He practiced exclusively after that in the State of Washington, primarily in Clark County. He was instrumental in obtaining for his clients a number of large verdicts, arbitration awards, and settlements. Professional Affiliation: Member of the Board of Governors for the Washington State Trial Lawyers Association from 1996-2001. Political Action Committee for WSAJ from 2004-2015.  Past WSTLA Eagle member for over 25 years. Past President of the Clark County Bar Association. Former Chairman of the Washington State Bar Association's Continuing Legal Education Committee. Craig has been a speaker at numerous legal education seminars. Personal: Craig and his wife are the proud parents of three children and six grandchildren. He enjoys golf, playing bridge, and traveling with his family. Areas of Practice Personal Injuries Wrongful Death Litigation Percentage 100% of Practice Devoted to Litigation Bar Admissions Washington, 1977 U.S. District Court Eastern District of Washington, 1993 U.S. District Court Western District of Washington, 1977 U.S. Court of Appeals 9th Circuit, 1994 U.S. Supreme Court, 1994 Education University of Puget Sound School of Law, Tacoma, WashingtonJ.D. – 1976Washington State UniversityB.A. – 1973 Professional Associations and Memberships Washington State Trial Lawyers Association, Member, Board of Governors, 1996 – 2001 Washington Trial Attorneys Public Forum Clark County Bar Association, Past President Washington State Bar Association, Former Chairman, Continuing Legal Education Committee


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