Elderly Drivers Risk Their Homes

Under insured accident costs elder their homeAn elderly driver, minimal auto insurance, and a serious accident can cost the driver their home.

Home as life savings

Elders seem to be most likely to have fully paid-for homes.  In most places in California, it isn’t usual to have  equity exceeding the California homestead exemption of $175,000 for those over 65.

All of the value in a home above the exemption amount is exposed to claims of a victim of the owner’s negligence.


Those same elders often underestimate their exposure to lawsuits tied to auto accidents.

It’s easy to downplay the risk:   you don’t drive many miles, or drive just around town.

At Moran Law Group, we have seen recently several cases where elderly drivers caused serious or fatal accidents driving locally and had only the bare minimum of insurance.

The premium for the lowest amount of liability seemed reasonable, without really thinking about the amount of harm even a modest accident can cause.

In each of those cases, it seems certain that the money damages from the accident will result in the loss of the home.

Family members and caregivers to older drivers should ask about the level of liability insurance in place.

Skimping on insurance premiums can be very costly.

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About the Author
Northern California bankruptcy lawyer Cathy is a 30+ year veteran of bankruptcy practice in the Silicon Valley. She is known for energetic representation of clients and her command of bankruptcy law.