APPEAL FROM THE CIRCUIT COURT OF COOK COUNTY. HONORABLE EDWARD G. HOFERT, JUDGE PRESIDING.
Presiding Justice Hoffman delivered the opinion of the court: Cahill and S. O'brien, JJ., concur.
The opinion of the court was delivered by: Hoffman
MODIFIED UPON RECONSIDERATION AFTER REMAND
PRESIDING JUSTICE HOFFMAN delivered the opinion of the court:
The plaintiff, Illinois Farmers Insurance Company, filed the instant action in the circuit court of Cook County against the defendant, Gloria Cisco, seeking a declaration of rights and liabilities under two automobile liability insurance policies it issued to the defendant and her deceased husband, Richard Cisco. The parties filed cross-motions for judgment on the pleadings. The circuit court denied the plaintiff's motion, granted the defendant's motion, but held that the defendant could not stack the benefits under the two policies. The plaintiff filed a motion for reconsideration, which was denied, and this appeal followed. We affirm.
The facts giving rise to this litigation are not in dispute. Richard Cisco (Cisco) was fatally injured in a motor vehicle collision with an automobile driven by an uninsured driver. The vehicle driven by Cisco was owned by his employer and insured under an insurance policy issued by the Insurance Company of North America (INA). The INA policy provided uninsured motorist benefits of $20,000 per person and $40,000 per occurrence, and INA paid the $20,000 uninsured motorist benefit as a consequence of Richard Cisco's death.
At the time of his death, Cisco and his wife, the defendant, were insured under two personal automobile insurance policies issued by the plaintiff. The policies insured two vehicles owned by the Ciscos and separate premiums were charged for each policy; each of the policies provided uninsured motorist benefits of $100,000 per person and $300,000 per occurrence. Both policies are included in the record on appeal and each contains identical language which reads in pertinent part as follows:
"PART II - UNINSURED MOTORIST
Coverage C - Uninsured Motorist Coverage (Including Underinsured Motorist Coverage)
We will pay all sums which an insured person is legally entitled to recover as damages from the owner or operator of an uninsured motor vehicle because of bodily injury sustained by the insured person. The bodily injury must be caused by accident and arise out of the ownership, maintenance or use of the uninsured motor vehicle.
4. We will not provide insurance for a vehicle other than your insured car, unless the owner of that vehicle has no other insurance applicable to this part.
5. If any applicable insurance other than this policy is issued to you by us or any other member company of the Farmers Insurance Group of Companies, the total amount payable among all such policies shall not exceed the limits provided by the single policy with the highest limits of liability."
It is undisputed that: (1) Cisco fell within the definition of an insured person under the policies; (2) the driver of the vehicle that struck him was an uninsured motorist within the meaning of the policies; (3) at the time of the collision, Cisco was not driving a vehicle defined as "your insured car" under either of the policies; and (4) the owner of the vehicle being ...