Sisson v. Travelers Ins. Companies

Decision Date25 May 1983
Citation94 A.D.2d 953,464 N.Y.S.2d 77
PartiesRoy SISSON, Jr., Appellant, v. The TRAVELERS INSURANCE COMPANIES, Respondent.
CourtNew York Supreme Court — Appellate Division

Brown, Kelly, Turner, Hassett & Leach by Michael Pilarz, Buffalo, for appellant.

Mark G. Farrell by Cornelius Lang, Buffalo, for respondent.



While a pedestrian, plaintiff sustained injuries after being struck by an unidentified motor vehicle. At the time of the accident plaintiff resided in the home of his parents. Roy A. Sisson, plaintiff's father, was then the owner of an automobile insurance policy issued by defendant covering two motor vehicles. The insurance policy was in standard form and included coverage for bodily injuries caused by the operation of an uninsured motor vehicle (Insurance Law, § 167, subd. 2-a). The insurance policy set the limit of liability under the latter endorsement at $10,000 for each person, on each vehicle, and requires a $2.00 premium for the stated coverage on each vehicle. It is conceded that plaintiff is an insured person under the definitional terms of the uninsured motorist's endorsement.

Special Term, 114 Misc.2d 594, 452 N.Y.S.2d 133, denied plaintiff's application for a declaration that he was entitled to recover the $10,000 policy limit for each of the two vehicles covered even though a separate $2.00 premium was paid for each coverage. We agree.

Under the circumstances here presented, plaintiff must look to the uninsured motorist's coverage provisions of the policy in order to recover for non-economic loss. Uninsured motorist's coverage is a substitute for liability insurance where liability coverage on a particular motor vehicle (e.g., hit-and-run automobile) is unavailable. The insurance policy fixes the limit of liability for injury caused by an uninsured automobile at $10,000 for one person as the result of an accident (Insurance Law, § 167, subd. 2-a) and limits plaintiff's recovery, regardless of how many vehicles are covered by the policy (Matter of Spychalski 88 Misc.2d 129, 386 N.Y.S.2d 998, revd. on other grounds sub nom (Matter of Spychalski 58 A.D.2d 193, 396 N.Y.S.2d 533, affd. 45 N.Y.2d 847, 410 N.Y.S.2d 65, 382 N.E.2d 765).

That a separate premium was paid for this coverage for each insured vehicle is of no moment. Separate premiums have been paid for all of the itemized coverages on each of the insured vehicles. Contrary to plaintiff's assertion that the insured...

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