Top 6 Worst Auto Insurance Companies – 2011

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Shopping for auto insurance? No-Fault insurance lawyer from Michigan Auto Law lists the auto insurance companies who may not treat you right after a car accident

Car accident and truck accident victims have been walking away from millions of dollars in deserving claims that insurance companies are required to pay.
- Steve Gursten

As insurance lawyers at the largest law firm in Michigan helping only auto accident victims, Michigan Auto Law attorneys are constantly asked, "What auto insurance companies should I avoid?" To arm drivers when shopping for auto insurance, our attorneys have compiled a list of the worst insurance companies.

Some of the auto insurance companies that made the list are some of the largest in the U.S. Here's the full list of our Top 6 Worst Auto Insurance Companies in 2011.

"If there's one thing you learn as an insurance lawyer, it’s this: auto insurance companies make money by not paying on legitimate claims," said Steven M. Gursten, partner of Farmington Hills-based Michigan Auto Law.

"In fact, car accident and truck accident victims have been walking away from millions of dollars in deserving claims that insurance companies are required to pay," Gursten added. "Many of these auto insurance companies believe you won't wait, you won't hire an accident lawyer to file a lawsuit, and you will eventually become so fed up that you'll take a low-ball settlement offer - or nothing at all."

Gursten said the insurance attorneys at his law firm compiled the worst insurance company list based on what they see every day from the insurance companies that are supposed to be protecting auto accident injury victims. The list is also based upon real car accident lawsuits (Mayher v. Martin [Docket No. 07-2640-NI, Lenawee County Circuit Court], Carducci v. Progressive [Docket No. 05-2813-NI, Macomb County Circuit Court] , Abay v. Daimler Chrysler Insurance Company [Docket No. 139725, Michigan Supreme Court]) and statistical data reported by the Michigan Department of Insurance, and the insurance companies themselves, he noted. The statistical data includes the 2008 Auto Insurance Complaint Ratios from the State of Michigan Department of Energy, Labor and Economic Growth; J.D. Power & Associates Auto Claims Satisfaction Study, November 2009 and the FBIC Ranking Of Group Insurers Claims Payment Practices.

Steve Gursten is available for comment and can expand on the insurance company horror stories that caused the insurance companies to make this list.

Here are tips for choosing the best auto insurance company.

For more information on the Michigan No-Fault law, visit Michigan Auto Law's Michigan No-Fault Insurance Resource Center. It has information on No-Fault benefits, the No-Fault Act,and additional coverage that can protect you if you're ever injured in an auto accident.

About Steven M. Gursten: Steven M. Gursten is recognized as one of the nation’s top insurance lawyers handling serious car and truck accident injury cases. He past-chair of the Michigan Association for Justice Auto Accident No-Fault Committee, and holds leadership in several other local and national legal organizations helping auto accident lawyers with traumatic brain injury cases. Gursten received the top-reported auto accident or truck settlement in 2008, 2009 and 2010, according to published reports from Michigan Lawyers Weekly.

About Michigan Auto Law: Michigan Auto Law is a third-generation law firm with 17 lawyers practicing exclusively in automobile accident and No-Fault insurance litigation throughout the state. The firm has offices in Farmington Hills, Sterling Heights, Detroit, Ann Arbor and Grand Rapids. For more information, please call (800) 777-0028.

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