Woman’s car crash that killed husband left her without life insurance
A woman who lost her husband to a car accident when she was too drunk to drive her own car will have to pay more than $600,000 for medical expenses alone after the insurance company she bought him out of sued her.
The New York Times reported that the New York-based Walkers Insurance Company sued Sarah Dittrich on Tuesday, alleging she lied about her medical history and the car she had been driving when the accident occurred.
It’s the second time that the insurance agency has sued Dittbruns insurance company, which had been working with her for years to sell her the car.
She had a prior accident in 2006 that left her with traumatic brain injuries, which were later attributed to alcohol.
Dittbrys husband, who has not been named, was driving a 2002 Volkswagen Beetle when he suffered a head injury, the Times said.
The insurance company says he was driving while under the influence of alcohol, but police found no alcohol in his system.
Sarah Dittrofs attorney said in a statement to the Times that she and her family were “heartbroken” about the outcome of the lawsuit.
“The company had been seeking a settlement for more than a year, and we have tried to negotiate a settlement to get a fair deal for Sarah and her son,” attorney Brian Fong said in the statement.
Last year, Sarah Ditzels family sued Walkers for $2.6 million, accusing the company of falsely claiming that the car in question had been damaged when it was in fact not.
Insurance agents have sued several insurance companies in recent years over claims that they made false claims about their policies, according to the New Yorker.
New York Insurance Commissioner Stephen Burt has called on insurers to be more diligent about verifying claims.
He told the Times the agency was working with Walkers to address the issue, and was reviewing the company’s claims history.
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