2010 Wisconsin Code
Chapter 632. Insurance contracts in specific lines.
632.32 Provisions of motor vehicle insurance policies.
AUTOMOBILE AND MOTOR VEHICLE INSURANCE
632.32 Provisions of motor vehicle insurance policies.
632.32(1)(1) Scope. Except as otherwise provided, this section applies to every policy of insurance issued or delivered in this state against the insured's liability for loss or damage resulting from accident caused by any motor vehicle, whether the loss or damage is to property or to a person.
632.32(2)(2) Definitions. In this section:
632.32(2)(ag)(ag) "Governmental unit" has the meaning given in s. 50.33 (1r).
632.32(2)(am)(am) "Medical payments coverage" means coverage to indemnify for medical payments or chiropractic payments or both for the protection of all persons using the insured motor vehicle from losses resulting from bodily injury or death.
632.32(2)(at)(at) "Motor vehicle" means a self-propelled land motor vehicle designed for travel on public roads and subject to motor vehicle registration under ch. 341. A trailer or semitrailer that is designed for use with and connected to a motor vehicle shall be considered a single unit with the motor vehicle. "Motor vehicle" does not include farm tractors, well drillers, road machinery, or snowmobiles.
632.32(2)(b)(b) "Motor vehicle handler" means any of the following:
632.32(2)(b)1.1. A motor vehicle dealer, as defined in s. 218.0101 (23) (a).
632.32(2)(b)2.2. A lessor, as defined in s. 344.51 (1g) (a), or a rental company, as defined in s. 344.51 (1g) (c).
632.32(2)(b)3.3. A repair shop, service station, storage garage or public parking place.
632.32(2)(be)(be) "Owned motor vehicle" means a motor vehicle that is owned by the insured or that is leased by the insured for a term of 6 months or longer.
632.32(2)(cm)(cm) "Umbrella or excess liability policy" means an insurance contract providing at least $1,000,000 of liability coverage per person or per occurrence in excess of certain required underlying liability insurance coverage or a specified amount of self-insured retention.
632.32(2)(d)(d) "Underinsured motorist coverage" means coverage for the protection of persons insured under that coverage who are legally entitled to recover damages for bodily injury, death, sickness, or disease from owners or operators of underinsured motor vehicles.
632.32(2)(e)(e) "Underinsured motor vehicle" means a motor vehicle to which all of the following apply:
632.32(2)(e)1.1. The motor vehicle is involved in an accident with a person who has underinsured motorist coverage.
632.32(2)(e)2.2. At the time of the accident, a bodily injury liability insurance policy applies to the motor vehicle or the owner or operator of the motor vehicle has furnished proof of financial responsibility for the future under subch. III of ch. 344 and it is in effect or is a self-insurer under another applicable motor vehicle law.
632.32(2)(e)3.3. The limits under the bodily injury liability insurance policy or with respect to the proof of financial responsibility or self-insurance are less than the amount needed to fully compensate the insured for his or her damages.
632.32(2)(f)(f) "Uninsured motorist coverage" means coverage for the protection of persons insured under that coverage who are legally entitled to recover damages for bodily injury, death, sickness, or disease from owners or operators of uninsured motor vehicles.
632.32(2)(g)(g) "Uninsured motor vehicle" means a motor vehicle that is involved in an accident with a person who has uninsured motorist coverage and with respect to which, at the time of the accident, a bodily injury liability insurance policy is not in effect and the owner or operator has not furnished proof of financial responsibility for the future under subch. III of ch. 344 and is not a self-insurer under any other applicable motor vehicle law. "Uninsured motor vehicle" also includes any of the following motor vehicles involved in an accident with a person who has uninsured motorist coverage:
632.32(2)(g)1.1. An insured motor vehicle, or a motor vehicle with respect to which the owner or operator is a self-insurer under any applicable motor vehicle law, if before or after the accident the liability insurer of the motor vehicle, or the self-insurer, is declared insolvent by a court of competent jurisdiction.
632.32(2)(g)2.2. Except as provided in subd. 3., an unidentified motor vehicle, provided that an independent 3rd party provides evidence in support of the unidentified motor vehicle's involvement in the accident.
632.32(2)(g)3.3. An unidentified motor vehicle involved in a hit-and-run accident with the person.
632.32(2)(h)(h) "Using" includes driving, operating, manipulating, riding in and any other use.
632.32(3)(3) Required provisions. Except as provided in sub. (5), every policy subject to this section issued to an owner shall provide that:
632.32(3)(a)(a) Coverage provided to the named insured applies in the same manner and under the same provisions to any person using any motor vehicle described in the policy when the use is for purposes and in the manner described in the policy.
632.32(3)(b)(b) Coverage extends to any person legally responsible for the use of the motor vehicle.
632.32(4)(4) Required uninsured motorist, underinsured motorist, and medical payments coverages.
632.32(4)(a)(a) Except as provided in par. (d), every policy of insurance subject to this section that insures with respect to any owned motor vehicle registered or principally garaged in this state against loss resulting from liability imposed by law for bodily injury or death suffered by any person arising out of the ownership, maintenance, or use of a motor vehicle shall contain therein or supplemental thereto provisions for all of the following coverages:
632.32(4)(a)1.1. Excluding a policy written by a town mutual organized under ch. 612, uninsured motorist coverage, in limits of at least $100,000 per person and $300,000 per accident.
632.32(4)(a)2m.2m. Excluding a policy written by a town mutual organized under ch. 612, underinsured motorist coverage, in limits of at least $100,000 per person and $300,000 per accident.
632.32(4)(a)3m.3m. Medical payments coverage, in the amount of at least $10,000 per person. Coverage written under this subdivision may be excess coverage over any other source of reimbursement to which the insured person has a legal right.
632.32(4)(bc)(bc) Notwithstanding par. (a) 3m., the named insured may reject medical payments coverage. If the named insured rejects the coverage, the coverage need not be provided in a subsequent renewal policy issued by the same insurer unless the insured requests it in writing.
632.32(4)(c)(c) Unless an insurer waives the right to subrogation, insurers making payment under any of the coverages under this subsection shall, to the extent of the payment, be subrogated to the rights of their insureds.
632.32(4)(d)(d) This subsection does not apply to umbrella or excess liability policies, which are subject to sub. (4r).
632.32 - ANNOT.Cross Reference: See also s. Ins 6.77, Wis. adm. code.
632.32(4r)(4r) Required written offers of uninsured motorist and underinsured motorist coverages for umbrella or excess liability policies.
632.32(4r)(a)(a) An insurer writing umbrella or excess liability policies that insure with respect to an owned motor vehicle registered or principally garaged in this state against loss resulting from liability imposed by law for bodily injury or death suffered by a person arising out of the ownership, maintenance, or use of a motor vehicle shall provide written offers of uninsured motorist coverage and underinsured motorist coverage, which offers shall include a brief description of the coverage offered. An insurer is required to provide the offers required under this subsection only one time with respect to any policy in the manner provided in par. (b).
632.32(4r)(b)1.1. Each application for an umbrella or excess liability policy issued on or after November 1, 2009, shall contain a written offer of uninsured motorist coverage and a written offer of underinsured motorist coverage.
632.32(4r)(b)2.2. For umbrella or excess liability policies that are in effect on November 1, 2009, the insurer shall provide a written offer of uninsured motorist coverage to the named insureds under each policy that does not include uninsured motorist coverage and a written offer of underinsured motorist coverage to the named insureds under each policy that does not include underinsured motorist coverage. The insurer shall provide an offer under this subdivision in conjunction with the notice of the first renewal of the policy occurring after November 1, 2009.
632.32(4r)(c)(c) An applicant or a named insured may reject one or both of the coverages offered, but must do so in writing. If the applicant or named insured rejects either of the coverages offered, the insurer is not required to provide the rejected coverage under the policy at renewal by that insurer unless an insured under the policy subsequently requests the rejected coverage in writing. The action of one named insured to reject or request coverage applies to all persons insured under the policy.
632.32(4r)(d)(d) If an umbrella or excess liability policy that was issued on or after November 1, 2009, or an umbrella or excess liability policy that was in effect on, but renewed after, November 1, 2009, includes neither uninsured motorist coverage nor underinsured motorist coverage, or only one of the coverages, and the insurer did not provide a written offer required under par. (b) 1. or 2. with respect to the coverage or coverages not included, on the request of the insured the court shall reform the policy to include the coverage or coverages not included and for which the insurer did not provide a written offer, with the same limits as the liability coverage limits under the policy.
632.32(4r)(e)(e) This subsection does not apply to a town mutual organized under ch. 612.
632.32 - ANNOT.Cross Reference: See also s. Ins 6.77, Wis. adm. code.
632.32(5)(5) Permissible provisions.
632.32(5)(a)(a) A policy may limit coverage to use that is with the permission of the named insured or, if the insured is an individual, to use that is with the permission of the named insured or an adult member of that insured's household other than a chauffeur or domestic servant. The permission is effective even if it violates s. 343.45 (2) and even if the use is not authorized by law.
632.32(5)(b)(b) If the policy is issued to anyone other than a motor vehicle handler, it may limit the coverage afforded to a motor vehicle handler or its officers, agents or employees to the limits under s. 344.01 (2) (d) and to instances when there is no other valid and collectible insurance with at least those limits whether the other insurance is primary, excess or contingent.
632.32(5)(c)(c) If the policy is issued to a motor vehicle handler, it may restrict coverage afforded to anyone other than the motor vehicle handler or its officers, agents or employees to the limits under s. 344.01 (2) (d) and to instances when there is no other valid and collectible insurance with at least those limits whether the other insurance is primary, excess or contingent.
632.32(5)(d)(d) If a motor vehicle covered by the policy is sold or transferred, the purchaser or transferee is not an additional insured unless the consent of the insurer is endorsed on the policy.
632.32(5)(e)(e) A policy may provide for exclusions not prohibited by sub. (6) or other applicable law. Such exclusions are effective even if incidentally to their main purpose they exclude persons, uses or coverages that could not be directly excluded under sub. (6) (b).
632.32(5)(j)(j) A policy may provide that any coverage under the policy does not apply to a loss resulting from the use of a motor vehicle that meets all of the following conditions:
632.32(5)(j)1.1. Is owned by the named insured, or is owned by the named insured's spouse or a relative of the named insured if the spouse or relative resides in the same household as the named insured.
632.32(5)(j)2.2. Is not described in the policy under which the claim is made.
632.32(5)(j)3.3. Is not covered under the terms of the policy as a newly acquired or replacement motor vehicle.
632.32(6)(6) Prohibited provisions.
632.32(6)(a)(a) No policy issued to a motor vehicle handler may exclude coverage upon any of its officers, agents or employees when any of them are using motor vehicles owned by customers doing business with the motor vehicle handler.
632.32(6)(b)(b) No policy may exclude from the coverage afforded or benefits provided:
632.32(6)(b)1.1. Persons related by blood, marriage or adoption to the insured.
632.32(6)(b)2.a.a. Any person who is a named insured or passenger in or on the insured vehicle, with respect to bodily injury, sickness or disease, including death resulting therefrom, to that person.
632.32(6)(b)2.b.b. This subdivision, as it relates to passengers, does not apply to a policy of insurance for a motorcycle as defined in s. 340.01 (32) or a moped as defined in s. 340.01 (29m) if the motorcycle or moped is designed to carry only one person and does not have a seat for any passenger.
632.32(6)(b)3.3. Any person while using the motor vehicle, solely for reasons of age, if the person is of an age authorized to drive a motor vehicle.
632.32(6)(b)4.4. Any use of the motor vehicle for unlawful purposes, or for transportation of liquor in violation of law, or while the driver is under the influence of an intoxicant or a controlled substance or controlled substance analog under ch. 961 or a combination thereof, under the influence of any other drug to a degree which renders him or her incapable of safely driving, or under the combined influence of an intoxicant and any other drug to a degree which renders him or her incapable of safely driving, or any use of the motor vehicle in a reckless manner. In this subdivision, "drug" has the meaning specified in s. 450.01 (10).
632.32(6)(c)(c) No policy may limit the time for giving notice of any accident or casualty covered by the policy to less than 20 days.
632.32(6)(d)(d) No policy may provide that, regardless of the number of policies involved, vehicles involved, persons covered, claims made, vehicles or premiums shown on the policy, or premiums paid, the limits for any uninsured motorist coverage or underinsured motorist coverage under the policy may not be added to the limits for similar coverage applying to other motor vehicles to determine the limit of insurance coverage available for bodily injury or death suffered by a person in any one accident, except that a policy may limit the number of motor vehicles for which the limits for coverage may be added to 3 vehicles.
632.32(6)(e)(e) No policy may provide that the maximum amount of uninsured motorist coverage or underinsured motorist coverage available for bodily injury or death suffered by a person who was not using a motor vehicle at the time of an accident is any single limit of uninsured motorist coverage or underinsured motorist coverage, whichever is applicable, for any motor vehicle with respect to which the person is insured, except that a policy may limit the number of motor vehicles for which coverage limits may be added to 3 vehicles.
632.32(6)(f)(f) No policy may provide that the maximum amount of medical payments coverage available for bodily injury or death suffered by a person who was not using a motor vehicle at the time of an accident is any single limit of medical payments coverage for any motor vehicle with respect to which the person is insured, except that a policy may limit the number of motor vehicles for which medical payments coverage limits may be added to 3 vehicles.
632.32(6)(g)(g) No policy may provide that the limits under the policy for uninsured motorist coverage or underinsured motorist coverage for bodily injury or death resulting from any one accident shall be reduced by any of the following that apply:
632.32(6)(g)1.1. Amounts paid by or on behalf of any person or organization that may be legally responsible for the bodily injury or death for which the payment is made.
632.32(6)(g)2.2. Amounts paid or payable under any worker's compensation law.
632.32(6)(g)3.3. Amounts paid or payable under any disability benefits laws.
632.32 - ANNOT.History: 1975 c. 375, 421; 1979 c. 102, 104; 1979 c. 177 ss. 67, 68; 1979 c. 221; 1981 c. 284; 1983 a. 243, 459; 1985 a. 146 s. 8; 1995 a. 21, 448; 1997 a. 48; 1999 a. 31, 162; 2007 a. 168; 2009 a. 28, 342.
632.32 - ANNOT.Legislative Council Note, 1979: Sub. (1) retains the scope portion of former sub. (1), but the notice provision of former sub. (1) is transferred to new s. 632.26 and broadened to apply to all liability insurance.
632.32 - ANNOT.Sub. (2) (b) continues former sub. (2) (a); pars. (a) and (c) are new definitions in this place, though par. (a) tracks the language of s. 344.01 (2) (b). It would be possible to sharpen up the definition of motor vehicle, though that can only be done on the basis of a policy determination of what policies should be subject to this section. The exact delimitation of the affected class of policies is of less importance than if the section were mandating insurance or purported to change rules of law.
632.32 - ANNOT.Sub. (4) continues former sub. (3) and former s. 632.34 (5) with major editorial changes but without intended change of meaning except to add an unidentified hit-run vehicle as an uninsured vehicle. A precise definition of hit-and-run is not necessary for in the rare case where a question arises the court can draw the line.
632.32 - ANNOT.Sub. (5) continues the permitted provisions of former sub. (2) (b). Par. (d) continues a sentence of former s. 632.32 (2) (b), relocated in relation to other provisions to make its application clearer.
632.32 - ANNOT.Sub. (5) (e) deals with a latent ambiguity in former s. 204.34, carried forward into s. 632.34, which was picked up and noticed by the Wisconsin Supreme Court in Davison v. Wilson (1975), 71 Wis. 2d 630. The court suggested (at p. 641) that the section should be the subject of a clarifying amendment. The same ambiguity was dealt with by the court in Dahm v. Employers Mutual Liability Insurance Company of Wisconsin (1976), 74 Wis. 2d 123. The resolution of the ambiguity in par. (e) is believed to represent the probable intention of the legislature in the original enactment and, in any event, to represent the sound position in public policy.
632.32 - ANNOT.Sub. (6) deals with prohibited provisions. Par. (a) picks up the last sentence of former sub. (2) (b) which was a prohibited rather than a required provision. Par. (b) incorporates what was formerly s. 632.34 (3) in sub. (6) (b) 1., former subs. (5) and (6) in sub. (6) (b) 2., former sub. (2) (a) in sub. (6) (b) 3 and former sub. (2) (b) and (c) in sub. (6) (b) 4. Par. (c) continues the first sentence of former s. 632.34 (4), without change.
632.32 - ANNOT.It escaped the attention of everyone involved in the revision, and not least the principal drafters, that former s. 632.34 (1) narrowed the coverage of old s. 204.34. That has led, in this amendment, to combining most of ss. 632.32 and 632.34 in a single section, numbered 632.32. All parts of s. 632.34 which need to be preserved are transferred to s. 632.32, with the minor exception contained in new s. 632.34. [Bill 146-S]
632.32 - ANNOT.NOTE: 1995 Wisconsin Act 21, which became effective on July 15, 1995, made significant changes in the law regarding the "stacking" of insurance policy coverage.
632.32 - ANNOT.NOTE: 2009 Wisconsin Act 28, made significant changes to this section.
632.32 - ANNOT.A "family exclusion clause" valid in the state of policy issuance will be given effect in Wisconsin. Knight v. Heritage Mutual Insurance Co. 71 Wis. 2d 821, 239 N.W.2d 348 (1976).
632.32 - ANNOT.The concept of permissive use is the same regardless of whether it arises under the "any motor vehicle" coverage section of s. 344.33 (2) or the omnibuses coverage statute. Gross v. Joecks, 72 Wis. 2d 583, 241 N.W.2d 727 (1976).
632.32 - ANNOT.A "fellow employee" exclusion clause is only valid if the tort-feasor and injured party are employees of the named insured and employer is required to provide worker's compensation coverage. Dahm v. Employers Mutual Liability Insurance Co. 74 Wis. 2d 123, 246 N.W.2d 131 (1976).
632.32 - ANNOT.A spouse who was not party to the contract, reasonably believing that coverage existed after the insured spouse's death, must be given a grace period before having to comply with technical, not commonly known provisions of a policy. Handal v. American Farmers Mutual Casualty Co. 79 Wis. 2d 67, 255 N.W.2d 903 (1977).
632.32 - ANNOT.Generally when a permissive user of a vehicle is the real owner of the car for all practical purposes, but not the named insured, and the permissive user grants permission for a 3rd person to use the vehicle, the named insured's permission is implied. American Family Mutual Insurance Co. v. Osusky, 90 Wis. 2d 142, 279 N.W.2d 719 (Ct. App. 1979).
632.32 - ANNOT.Injury to a police officer who was stabbed while unloading beer cans from an automobile did not arise out of use of the automobile. Tomlin v. State Farm Mutual Auto. Insurance Co. 95 Wis. 2d 215, 290 N.W.2d 285 (1980).
632.32 - ANNOT.Third parties may recover against an insurer even though the insured's fraudulent application voided the policy under s. 631.11. Rauch v. American Family Insurance Co. 115 Wis. 2d 257, 340 N.W.2d 478 (1983).
632.32 - ANNOT.Arguments that "reduction clauses" in uninsured motorist provisions were invalid and that a release did not bar subsequent a claim against the insurer for bad faith were frivolous. Radlein v. Industrial Fire & Casualty Insurance Co. 117 Wis. 2d 605, 345 N.W.2d 874 (1984).
632.32 - ANNOT.A "drive other car" exclusion that prohibited stacking of uninsured motorist benefits against the same insurer was voided by s. 631.43. Welch v. State Farm Mutual Automobile Insurance Co. 122 Wis. 2d 172, 361 N.W.2d 680 (1985).
632.32 - ANNOT.A motor vehicle operated by an insured driver was not "uninsured" under [former] sub. (4). Hemerley v. American Family Mutual Insurance Co. 127 Wis. 2d 304, 379 N.W.2d 860 (Ct. App. 1985).
632.32 - ANNOT.A reducing clause in an uninsured motorist provision was voided by [former] sub. (4) (a). Nicholson v. Home Insurance Cos. 137 Wis. 2d 581, 405 N.W.2d 327 (1987).
632.32 - ANNOT.Because uninsured motorist coverage is "personal and portable," the claimant was covered by a policy on a vehicle not involved in the accident. Parks v. Waffle, 138 Wis. 2d 70, 405 N.W.2d 690 (Ct. App. 1987).
632.32 - ANNOT.Loss of consortium is not a separate bodily injury under a policy's "each person" limitation. Landsinger v. American Family Mutual Insurance Co. 142 Wis. 2d 138, 417 N.W.2d 899 (Ct. App. 1987).
632.32 - ANNOT.An insurer could not avoid uninsured motorist coverage based on a policy provision excluding resident relatives who own their own car. Hulsey v. American Family Mutual Insurance Co. 142 Wis. 2d 639, 419 N.W.2d 288 (Ct. App. 1987).
632.32 - ANNOT.A reducing clause and "regular use" exclusionary clause violated [former] sub. (4) (a). Niemann v. Badger Mutual Insurance Co. 143 Wis. 2d 73, 420 N.W.2d 378 (Ct. App. 1988).
632.32 - ANNOT.An auto insurer who pays under an uninsured motorist provision is not a tortfeasor or tortfeasor's insurer against whom an injured insured's medical insurer may assert a subrogation claim. Employers Health Insurance v. General Casualty Company of Wisconsin, 161 Wis. 2d 937, 469 N.W.2d 172 (1991).
632.32 - ANNOT.A policy may expand but not reduce uninsured motorist coverage. The policy, not the statute, determines coverage beyond the statutory requirements. Fletcher v. Aetna Casualty & Surety Co. 165 Wis. 2d 350, 477 N.W.2d 90 (Ct. App. 1991).
632.32 - ANNOT.A policy cannot limit uninsured motorist coverage to occupants of vehicles. St. Paul Mercury Insurance Co. v. Zastrow, 166 Wis. 2d 423, 480 N.W.2d 8 (1992).
632.32 - ANNOT.If the insurer of a vehicle becomes insolvent, the vehicle is uninsured under sub. (4) (a) 2. [repealed 2009 Wis. Act 28]even though an insurance guaranty association assumes the liability of the insolvent insurer. Fritsche v. Ford Motor Credit Co. 171 Wis. 2d 280, 491 N.W.2d 119 (Ct. App. 1992).
632.32 - ANNOT.To take advantage of sub. (5) (c), a policy must include language that either says permissive users are restricted to the minimum statutory limits of liability or that users may not avail themselves of the policy unless there is no other valid collectible insurance. Carrell v. Wolken, 173 Wis. 2d 426, 496 N.W.2d 651 (Ct. App. 1992). See also Henry v. General Casualty Co. 225 Wis. 2d 849, 593 N.W.2d 913 (Ct. App. 1999), 98-2428; Pemper v. Hoel, 2004 WI App 67, 271 Wis. 2d 442, 677 N.W.2d 705, 03-2134.
632.32 - ANNOT.A reducing clause that is unavailable to a tortfeasor and seeks to reduce uninsured motorist benefits by amounts received under worker's compensation is invalid. United Fire & Casualty Co. v. Kleppe, 174 Wis. 2d 637, 498 N.W.2d 226 (1993).
632.32 - ANNOT.Adult members of a named insured's household are capable of giving themselves permission to drive under sub. (5). When the named insured is a corporation and the insurer knows the vehicle is owned by a corporation employee, the owner will be treated as the named insured under sub. (5). Home Insurance Co. v. Phillips, 175 Wis. 2d 104, 499 N.W.2d 193 (Ct. App. 1993).
632.32 - ANNOT.When a premium has been paid for underinsured motorist coverage under which no benefits may ever be paid due to the application of policy definitions, the coverage is illusory and against public policy. Hoglund v. Secura Insurance, 176 Wis. 2d 265, 500 N.W.2d 354 (Ct. App. 1993).
632.32 - ANNOT.Despite policy restrictions to the contrary, under sub. (3) separate coverage must be provided to both a named insured and an additional insured when both are actively negligent. Iaquinta v. Allstate Insurance Co. 180 Wis. 2d 661, 510 N.W.2d 715 (Ct. App. 1993).
632.32 - ANNOT.[Former] sub. (4) (a) did not require the named insured in commercial fleet policies, if the named insured is a corporation or government entity, to be interpreted as including all of the entity's employees. Meyer v. City of Amery, 185 Wis. 2d 537, 518 N.W.2d 296 (Ct. App. 1994).
632.32 - ANNOT.The uninsured motorist coverage requirements of s. 632.32 are inapplicable to self-insured entities under s. 344.16. Classified Insurance Co. v. Budget Rent-A-Car Inc. 186 Wis. 2d 476, 521 N.W.2d 478 (Ct. App. 1994).
632.32 - ANNOT.Sub. (3) (a) does not apply to uninsured motorist coverage so that a permissive user is entitled to increased coverage limits purchased for specifically named persons not including the user. American Hardware Mutual Insurance Co. v. Steberger, 187 Wis. 2d 681, 523 N.W.2d 187 (Ct. App. 1994).
632.32 - ANNOT.A medical insurer with subrogation rights may be an injured person under [former] sub. (4). An auto insurance policy providing that uninsured motorist coverage does not apply to persons claiming by right of subrogation, impermissibly reduces coverage that the statute mandates for injured persons. WEA Insurance Corp. v. Freiheit, 190 Wis. 2d 111, 527 N.W.2d 363 (Ct. App. 1994).
632.32 - ANNOT.No policy issued pursuant to the ch. 344 financial responsibility statutes may exclude coverage for persons related by blood or marriage to the operator as mandated by s. 632.32 (6) (b) 1. Bindrim v. Colonial Ins. Co. 190 Wis. 2d 525, 527 N.W.2d 321 (1995).
632.32 - ANNOT.This section does not prevent the exclusion of coverage of vehicles used solely on the insured's premises. Rea v. Transportation Ins. Co. 191 Wis. 2d 271, 528 N.W.2d 79 (Ct. App. 1995).
632.32 - ANNOT.This section does not distinguish between an owner and a named insurer. A policy that excludes coverage to the owner of a vehicle covered by the policy violates this section. Kettner v. Wausau Insurance Cos. 191 Wis. 2d 724, 530 N.W.2d 399 (Ct. App. 1995).
632.32 - ANNOT.When the insurer defines uninsurance as including underinsurance, all case law concerning an insurer's duties and limitations in an uninsurance situation apply. Kuhn v. Allstate Ins. Co. 193 Wis. 2d 50, 532 N.W.2d 124 (1995).
632.32 - ANNOT.An uninsured motorist policy that restricted coverage to cases when the insured is "hit" or "struck" was void. A bite by a dog tied in a parked vehicle was the result of use of the vehicle and subject to coverage. Trampf v. Prudential Property & Casualty Co. 199 Wis. 2d 380, 544 N.W.2d 596 (Ct. App. 1996), 95-0264.
632.32 - ANNOT.Under the subrogation provision of [former] sub. (4) (b), there is no requirement that the insurer plead setoff or file a counterclaim in order to recover payments made to or on behalf of its insured. Jones v. Aetna Casualty & Surety Co. 212 Wis. 2d 165, 567 N.W.2d 904 (Ct. App. 1997), 96-1183.
632.32 - ANNOT.When the named insured is a corporation, but the insurer knows the covered vehicles are owned by individuals and used by family members, this section does not distinguish between the owner of the vehicle and the named insurer in determining coverage. Greene v. General Casualty Co. 216 Wis. 2d 152, 576 N.W.2d 56 (Ct. App. 1997), 96-2578.
632.32 - ANNOT.[Former] sub. (4) does not prohibit the application of a policy arbitration clause to a disputed claim under the policy's uninsured motorist clause. Jones v. Poole, 217 Wis. 2d 116, 579 N.W.2d 739 (Ct. App. 1998), 97-1430.
632.32 - ANNOT.Because a business operates under a variety of "d/b/a" designations and provides a spectrum of services, some of which qualify under sub. (5) (c) and some of which do not, does not operate to bar the coverage restrictions under that paragraph. That a policy names a "d/b/a" designation does not prevent looking to the entire legal entity to apply sub. (5) (c). Binon v. Great Northern Insurance Co. 218 Wis. 2d 26, 580 N.W.2d 370 (Ct. App. 1998), 97-0710.
632.32 - ANNOT.Neither statutes nor case law expressly prohibit territorial limitations on uninsured motorist coverage. A clause restricting the territorial application of uninsured motorist coverage is valid. Clark v. American Family Mutual Insurance Co. 218 Wis. 2d 169, 577 N.W.2d 790 (1998), 97-0970.
632.32 - ANNOT.No hit and run under [former] sub. (4) (a) 2. b. occurred when the insured's vehicle was struck by ice that dislodged from an unidentified truck as it passed. Dehnel v. State Farm Mutual Insurance Co. 231 Wis. 2d 14, 604 N.W.2d 575 (Ct. App. 1999), 98-3187.
632.32 - ANNOT.[Former] sub. (4) required uninsured motorist coverage when a detached piece of an unidentified motor vehicle is propelled into the insured's motor vehicle by an unidentified motor vehicle. Theis v. Midwest Security Insurance Co. 2000 WI 15, 232 Wis. 2d 749, 606 N.W.2d 162, 98-2552.
632.32 - ANNOT.Sub. (5) (j) allows "drive other car" exclusions in only very narrow and specific circumstances. It did not allow exclusion of uninsured motorist coverage for an insured injured while occupying a fire truck in the course of her employment. Blazekovic v. City of Milwaukee, 2000 WI 41, 234 Wis. 2d 587, 610 N.W.2d 467, 98-1821. See also Nischke v. Aetna Health Plans, 2008 WI App 190, 314 Wis. 2d 774, 763 N.W.2d 554, 08-0807.
632.32 - ANNOT.Although only one parent was the named insured under an uninsured motorist insurance policy paying benefits for the wrongful death of their child, s. 895.04 requires payment of the proceeds to both parents. The purpose of the coverage is to reimburse the victim. If the victim is deceased the compensation must go to the victim's survivors, not to other insureds. Bruflat v. Prudential Property & Casualty Insurance Co. 2000 WI App 69, 233 Wis. 2d 523, 608 N.W.2d 371, 99-2049.
632.32 - ANNOT.Neither sub. (6) nor s. 344.33 requires an automobile insurance policy to include motorcycle coverage. Beerbohm v. State Farm Mutual Automobile Insurance Co. 2000 WI App 105, 235 Wis. 2d 182, 612 N.W.2d 338, 99-1784.
632.32 - ANNOT.No statute requires a self-insured entity under s. 344.16 to provide uninsured motorist coverage as part of the optional insurance it offers to its customers. Prophet v. Enterprise Rent-A-Car Company, Inc. 2000 WI App 171, 238 Wis. 2d 150, 617 N.W.2d 225, 99-0776.
632.32 - ANNOT.A hit and run under sub. (4) (a) 2. b. [repealed 2009 Wis. Act 28] requires: 1) an unidentified motor vehicle that; 2) is involved in a "hit;" and 3) "runs" from the accident scene. Physical contact must be present. A hit and run occurs when an unidentified vehicle hits an intermediate vehicle, propelling it into the insured vehicle. Smith v. General Casualty Co. 2000 WI 127, 239 Wis. 2d 646, 619 N.W.2d 882, 98-1849.
632.32 - ANNOT.This section applies only to policies issued and delivered in Wisconsin. Danielson v. Gasper, 2001 WI App 12, 240 Wis. 2d 633, 623 N.W.2d 182, 00-0950.
632.32 - ANNOT.When uninsured motorist coverage in the amount of $25,000 was contracted for in violation of the requirement for $50,000 coverage under sub. (4m) (d) [repealed 2009 Wis. Act 28], the higher level of coverage was read into the policy under s. 631.15 (3m), even though it was not reflected in the premium paid. Brunson v. Ward, 2001 WI 89, 245 Wis. 2d 163, 629 N.W.2d 140, 98-3002.
632.32 - ANNOT.The statute of limitations for subrogation claims under sub. (4) (a) 3. [now sub. (4) (c)]is the statute of limitations on the underlying tort. Schwittay v. Sheboygan Falls Mutual Insurance Co. 2001 WI App 140, 246 Wis. 2d 385, 630 N.W.2d 772, 00-2445.
632.32 - ANNOT.Sub. (6) (a) was applicable to a general liability policy that contained an endorsement for non-owned liability coverage. Heritage Mutual Insurance Co. v. Wilber, 2001 WI App 247, 248 Wis. 2d 111, 635 N.W.2d 631, 01-0017.
632.32 - ANNOT.An underinsured motorist provision that required the named insurer to be an occupant of an insured vehicle violated sub. (6) (b) 2. a. because the occupancy requirement had the effect of excluding coverage for a named insured. Mau v. North Dakota Insurance Reserve Fund, 2001 WI 134, 248 Wis. 2d 1031, 637 N.W.2d 45, 00-1369. See also Ruenger v. Soodsma, 2005 WI App 79, 281 Wis. 2d 228, 695 N.W.2d 840, 04-1795.
632.32 - ANNOT.An underinsured motorist provision that required the named insurer to be an occupant of an insured vehicle was a "drive other car" exclusion under sub. (5) (j) because it had the effect of excluding coverage for a named insured not occupying the insured vehicle. Because the vehicle was a rental vehicle, it did not meet the requirement of sub. (5) (j) 1. that a vehicle subject to a permissible "drive other car" exclusion must be owned by a named insured or related party. Mau v. North Dakota Insurance Reserve Fund, 2001 WI 134, 248 Wis. 2d 1031, 637 N.W.2d 45, 00-1369.
632.32 - ANNOT.For actions seeking coverage under an underinsured motorist policy, the statute of limitations begins to run from the date of loss, which is the date on which a final resolution is reached in the underlying claim against the tortfeasor, be it through denial of that claim, settlement, judgment, execution of releases, or other form of resolution, whichever is the latest. Yocherer v. Farmers Insurance Exchange, 2002 WI 41, 252 Wis. 2d 114, 643 N.W.2d 457, 00-0944.
632.32 - ANNOT.Sub. (3) (b) does not extend policy-limits protection to both the tortfeasor and the person or persons vicariously liable for the tortfeasor's wrongdoing. A person to whom the negligence of another is imputed is not entitled to separate liability coverage. Folkman v. Quamme, 2003 WI 116, 264 Wis. 2d 571, 665 N.W.2d 857, 02-0261.
632.32 - ANNOT.Sub. (6) (b) 2. a. only prohibits excluding coverage for certain individuals relating to the insured vehicle. An exclusion barring coverage for a non-owned vehicle is not prohibited. Gulmire v. St. Paul Fire and Marine Insurance Company, 2004 WI App 18, 269 Wis. 2d 501, 674 N.W.2d 629, 03-1199.
632.32 - ANNOT.A self-insured city is not an insurer writing policies subject to s. 632.32 (4m) (a) 1. [repealed 2009 Wis. Act 28] and is not subject to the requirement to provide underinsured motorist coverage. Van Erden v. Sobczak, 2004 WI App 40, 271 Wis. 2d 163, 677 N.W.2d 718, 02-1595.
632.32 - ANNOT.Sub. (3) extended coverage under an umbrella policy with an endorsement covering vehicles of the policy owners' daughter to include liability for an accident involving the daughter's car while being driven by a 3rd party with the daughter's permission. Dorbritz v. American Family Mutual Insurance Company, 2005 WI App 154, 284 Wis. 2d 442, 702 N.W.2d 406, 04-1896.
632.32 - ANNOT.Sub. (3) (a) mandates that, except as provided in sub. (5), coverage provided to the named insured must apply in the same manner and under the same provisions to any person riding in any motor vehicle described in the policy. Sub. (3) (a) applies to uninsured motorist coverage, regardless of whether that coverage is categorized as liability or indemnity insurance. An insurer cannot cast its "other insurance" clause as an "exclusion" under subsection (5) (e) in order to save the clause from the requirements of subsection (3) (a). An "other insurance" clause that operated so that the policy provided primary coverage for a named insured while providing only excess coverage for an occupancy insured violated sub. (3) (a). Progressive Northern Insurance Co. v. Hall, 2006 WI 13, 288 Wis. 2d 282, 709 N.W.2d 46, 04-0688.
632.32 - ANNOT.Neither sub. (3) (a) or (b) requires an insurance policy to provide separate limits of liability to both a person permissively using the covered vehicle and the named insured who is liable by statute for imputed negligence as a sponsor for a minor's driver license, for the minor's negligent operation of a vehicle. LaCount v. General Casualty Company of Wisconsin, 2006 WI 14, 288 Wis. 2d 358, 709 N.W.2d 418, 03-3258.
632.32 - ANNOT.A full-service car wash where vehicles are serviced and driven by employees is a service station and therefore a statutory motor vehicle handler under sub. (2) (b). Rocker v. USAA Casualty Insurance Company, 2006 WI 26, 289 Wis. 2d 294, 711 N.W.2d 634, 04-0356.
632.32 - ANNOT.The broad scope of the entire section is dependent upon whether a policy includes motor vehicle coverage, but each subsection can include provisions that exempt certain coverages from the scope as defined in sub. (1). An insurer cannot reduce the scope of the section simply because the motor vehicle coverage is issued as part of a comprehensive insurance policy. The statute can apply despite the fact that an insurer's policy excludes coverage for any vehicles owned by the insured, and no vehicles are specifically described in the policy. Under sub. (1), sub. (6) (a) applies to a policy that provides liability coverage for customers' automobiles while on or next to the premises. Rocker v. USAA Casualty Insurance Company, 2006 WI 26, 289 Wis. 2d 294, 711 N.W.2d 634, 04-0356.
632.32 - ANNOT.An umbrella policy insures with respect to a particular motor vehicle when the policy requires underlying insurance that does. Accordingly, under sub. (4m) [repealed 2009 Wis. Act 28], an insurer is required to notify its insured of the availability of underinsured motorist coverage under the umbrella policy. Under the circumstances of the case, that there was not a brief description of the coverage in the umbrella policy as required by sub. (4m) was not fatal when the underlying automobile policy gave the insured underinsured motorist coverage and also defined the coverage in a special full-page endorsement attached to the policy. Rebernick v. Wausau General Insurance Co. 2006 WI 27, 289 Wis. 2d 324, 711 N.W.2d 621, 04-0487.
632.32 - ANNOT.Sub. (6) (b) 1. applies to underinsured motorist coverage when issued as part of a policy containing liability insurance. Vieau v. American Family Mutual Insurance Company, 2006 WI 31, 289 Wis. 2d 552, 712 N.W.2d 661, 04-1358.
632.32 - ANNOT.When a tortfeasor injures more than one person in a single occurrence and the injured persons are not insured under the same underinsured motorist policy, a definition of an underinsured motor vehicle that compares the injured person's UIM limits to the limits of a tortfeasor's liability policy without regard to the amount the injured person actually receives from the tortfeasor's insurer is invalid under subs. (4m) [repealed 2009 Wis. Act 28] and (5)(i). A UIM policy must provide a fixed level of UIM recovery that will be arrived at by combining payments made from all sources. Welin v. American Family Mutual Insurance Company, 2006 WI 81, 292 Wis. 2d 73, 717 N.W.2d 690, 04-1513.
632.32 - ANNOT.The physical contact element for a hit-and-run accident under sub. (4) (a) 2. b. [repealed 2009 Wis. Act 28] requires: 1) a hit by the unidentified motor vehicle, or a part thereof, and 2) a hit to the insured's vehicle by another vehicle or part thereof, but not necessarily by the unidentified vehicle. DeHart v. Wisconsin Mutual Insurance Company, 2007 WI 91, 302 Wis. 2d 564, 734 N.W.2d 394, 05-2962.
632.32 - ANNOT.The insured's umbrella insurance applied to motor vehicle liability and constitutes a policy within the meaning of sub. (4m). The insurer was therefore required to provide notice of the availability of UIM coverage under that policy and failure to do so violated the mandate of the statute. Pursuant to s. 631.15 (3m), enforcing the umbrella policy "as if it conformed to the statute" entitles the insureds to only the level of coverage necessary for their policy to conform to sub. (4m) (d), $50,000 per person and $100,000 per accident. Stone v. Acuity, 2008 WI 30, 308 Wis. 2d 558, 747 N.W. 2d 149, 05-1629.
632.32 - ANNOT.[Former] sub. (4) (a) did not require coverage when, as here, the alleged tortfeasor is the operator of the vehicle and is covered by liability insurance. Blum v. 1st Auto & Casualty Insurance Co. 2009 WI App 19, 315 Wis. 2d 822, 762 N.W.2d 819, 08-1324.
632.32 - ANNOT.Meyer instructs that a limitation on uninsured motorist (UM) coverage under a commercial policy does not violate [former] sub. (4) (a) as long as the restriction does not apply to the purchaser or policyholder, but only to its employees. There is nothing to indicate that the legislature sought to require UM coverage for employees under commercial fleet policies, whether the absence of coverage arises from the definition of the named insured, which did not include employees, or from the definition of "covered autos," which did not include employees' nonowned autos. Mittnacht v. St. Paul Fire and Casualty Insurance Co. 2009 WI App 51, 316 Wis. 2d 787, 767 N.W.2d 301, 08-1036.
632.32 - ANNOT."Motor vehicle described in the policy" under sub. (3) is not read to require the importation of a separate and broader definition of "covered auto" from a policy's liability insuring agreement into the policy's uninsured motorist insuring agreement. Mittnacht v. St. Paul Fire and Casualty Insurance Co. 2009 WI App 51, 316 Wis. 2d 787, 767 N.W.2d 301, 08-1036.
632.32 - ANNOT.This section did not extend coverage to a rental car: 1) that the driver was not authorized to drive; 2) that he took without the express permission of either the owner of the car or the lessee of the car; 3) when the named insured in the insurance policy under which coverage was sought was not the owner of the car involved in the accident; and 4) when the adult resident who crashed the car was not a named insured under the insurance policy at issue. For the omnibus statute to require coverage, two factors must be met: 1) the rental vehicle must be a "motor vehicle described in the policy"; and 2) the use of the rental vehicle must be "for purposes and in the manner described in the policy." Neither fact was present. Venerable v. Adams, 2009 WI App 76, 318 Wis. 2d 784, 767 N.W.2d 386, 08-2188.
632.32 - ANNOT.[Former] sub. (4) requires coverage when a detached piece of an unidentified motor vehicle is propelled into the insured's motor vehicle by an identified motor vehicle. There need not be first a "hit" and then a "run" for uninsured coverage. All that is required is that there be both a "hit" and a "run" (namely, a hit resulting from something done by the unidentified vehicle) in any sequence. Tomson v. American Family Mutual Insurance Company, 2009 WI App 150, ___ Wis. 2d ___, 775 N.W.2d 541, 08-2744.
632.32 - ANNOT.Uninsured motorist coverage: Wisconsin courts open up additional avenues of recovery. Dunphy. WBB Nov. 1982.
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