A Georgia man died Thursday after he was allegedly drugged and taken into a car for hours to get cheap car coverage.
Dwayne S. Givens, 26 of Savannah, was found unconscious in his car after getting an emergency call from a woman claiming to be a hospital employee.
According to the Savannah Fire Department, Given was taken to Savannah-Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta Medical Center in critical condition and later died.
Georgia law requires all auto insurers to cover the cost of roadside assistance services and roadside assistance expenses, but it doesn’t require them to cover all medical bills.
The Georgia Consumer Financial Protection Bureau says consumers should be aware that they can use their own resources to cover any medical costs, even if they can’t afford it.
Georgia is one of five states that require insurers to include roadside assistance charges in their insurance coverage.
But that’s not the only way the law affects consumers.
Georgia is one state that allows individuals to opt out of covering roadside assistance costs.
If you’re an auto insurance agent or payee, you’re in the driver’s seat for any issues consumers may encounter, including roadside assistance.
The Consumer Financial Bureau recommends that consumers pay for roadside assistance as part of the premium they pay.