In some Maryland auto accident cases, insurance coverage for personal injuries may be available under multiple policies. Generally, the laws of the state in which the policy was issued govern coverage disputes. In a September 21, 2021 case, the Court of Special Appeals of Maryland considered whether underinsured motorist coverage was available for a Delaware resident under an insurance policy issued to a Maryland resident.
The plaintiff in the case was a Delaware resident. She was named as an “additional driver” of a vehicle insured by her daughter, a Maryland resident, under a Maryland auto insurance policy. The plaintiff was injured in an accident in Delaware, in which she was the passenger of a car that was not insured by the Maryland policy at issue. The plaintiff settled with the driver’s insurance company for his policy limits of $15,000, which was insufficient to cover all of her damages. The plaintiff then claimed underinsured motorist benefits under the Maryland policy issued to her daughter, which the insurance company denied.
The plaintiff filed suit against the insurance company that issued her daughter’s policy. When the circuit court granted the insurer’s motion for summary judgment, the plaintiff appealed to the higher court.