The Consumerist -- After Woman Dies In Car Crash, Brother Says Her Insurance Company Defended Other Driver In Court
As he details on his Tumblr page, in June 2010, Matt's sister was killed in Baltimore when another car allegedly ran a red light and crashed into her vehicle as she crossed through the intersection.
According to Matt, the other driver's insurance company settled with his sister's estate "basically immediately," but because that driver didn't have much insurance, there wasn't much to be gotten from his insurance company. However, Matt's sister had a Progressive policy that he says was intended to protect her in the case of the other driver being under-insured.
But Matt claims that Progressive refused to pay out that policy. Left without other legal avenues to pursue, he says that his family sued the other driver in order to establish his negligence, which they could then use as leverage to compel Progressive to pay they believed was owed.
"Now my parents don’t harbor much venom for the guy who killed my sister," he writes. "But kicking that guy around was the only way to get Progressive to pay."
But, claims Matt, when the case came to trial, the other driver was defended by Progressive's lawyers.
In the end, it didn't matter, as the jury found the other driver responsible, which means the policy -- at least according to Matt's story -- should pay out.