POSTED: Monday, August 26, 2013 - 11:00am
UPDATED: Monday, August 26, 2013 - 11:14am
Longview, TX — If you’re driving through Gregg County, look around — one in every six vehicles you see is driven by someone who is uninsured — the highest rate in Northeast Texas.
Farmers Insurance Agent Tony Glanton in Marshall said he’s seen his share of liability claims resulting from clients who are hit by uninsured drivers.
“One out of every five liability claims I process deals with an accident involving an uninsured driver,” Glanton said.
The Texas Department of Insurance estimates Texans pay almost $1 billion in extra costs in insurance premiums every year to protect themselves against the millions of drivers who don’t have insurance or who are underinsured.
Alex Ryan, also a Farmers Insurance Agent in Marshall, said, depending on driving record and vehicle, a driver could pay up to $25 more a month for uninsured motorist coverage.
Longview police spokeswoman Kristi Brian said the department processes wrecks involving uninsured motorists every day.
Read more  from the Longview News-Journal.