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Life Insurance Company of North America (LINA) Required To Cover Accidental Death of Intoxicated Driver in California

Courts across the country have struggled with whether an accidental death insurance policy covers the death of a drunk driver.  Some courts have ruled that intoxicated drivers knowingly increase the risk of being involved in a fatal accident to the point that their death becomes foreseeable and thus, not accidental.  Other courts disagree, citing the fact that there is less than a 1% chance of an intoxicated driver being involved in a fatal accident. […]

By | 2011-01-07T14:19:31+00:00 January 7th, 2011|Insurance Companies, Legal Updates|Comments Off on Life Insurance Company of North America (LINA) Required To Cover Accidental Death of Intoxicated Driver in California

Accidental Death Claim: Denied Because Insured was Drinking and Driving

An accidental death insurance policy will pay benefits when the insured dies as a result of an accident.  But when the insured dies in an auto accident with a high blood alcohol rate – is that an accident?  That was the issue in a recent case we handled in which our client’s husband died in a single car accident while driving home from his brother’s house after having a few beers.  The insurance company argued that since the husband had intentionally consumed alcohol and intentionally driven home knowing he was drunk and knowing the dangers of drinking and driving, that [...]

Accidental Death Benefits Denied By MetLife Because Insured Was Drinking and Driving

An accidental death insurance policy will pay benefits when the insured dies as a result of an accident. But when the insured dies in an auto accident with a high blood alcohol rate is that an accident? Metropolitan Life Insurance Company recently denied a widow life insurance benefits when her husband died in a single car accident while driving home from his brother’s house. Met Life claimed that since decedent had been drinking beer before driving that the accident was not an accident under the law. […]

By | 2007-04-09T03:31:00+00:00 April 9th, 2007|Insurance Companies, Legal Updates|0 Comments