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Oregon Insurance Loophole Makes Family Drive Costly

April 16, 2007

Oregon drivers could find their insurance policy doesn't provide the protection they paid for if an accident involves and injures a family member. Insurance companies say the "family exclusion" law is needed to prevent inflated damage claims, but critics say it can keep crash victims from getting the money they need for medical care. Tosha Mowry found that out first-hand when an accident injured her during a family drive.

"When I got my coverage, nothing was ever said about this in any of the papers that I signed. Pretty much you're not getting what you pay for."

The legislature is considering a bill that would close that loophole. Mowry was a passenger when an accident injured her and ended her six-month pregnancy. She says this law puts a huge number of Oregon consumers unknowingly at risk.

"Most people when they're in their vehicle are most likely with their family."

The House Committee on Consumer Protection is scheduled to hold a work session on HB 3086 this week.

Dondrea Warner/Chris Thomas, Public News Service - OR