General Car Accidents Information
Car Accident Lawyer Nationwide
car accident, even if there are no injuries, is a headache and a hassle. However, that
doesn't even begin to describe the problems you may encounter if your
car is damaged in an accident AND the accident was not your fault. What
do you do? How do you deal with the insurance company of the person who
just crashed into your car?
You've had an accident. No one is hurt, but your car is damaged, and
you feel the accident was not your fault. What now? The first step is
twofold: try to keep your cool and then get the name and address of the
at-fault driver. You will now be making what is called a third party claim.
The at-fault driver has the responsibility of reporting the accident to
his or her insurer. However, you should also call the at-fault driver's
insurer because a person who caused an accident is not always so anxious
to report it.
After an accident, you should also call the police, who may issue a ticket
on the at-fault driver. The police report may later disagree with the
report of the at-fault driver's insurer. After a car accident, you
should also take pictures of the scene and talk to any witnesses if possible.
On-the-scene photos and witness descriptions can sometimes help to prove
your claim that the other driver was at fault.
After a car accident, it is also a good idea to call your own insurer
to report the accident even though you are claiming no fault. In addition,
with certain types of insurance, you may be able to make a claim with
your own carrier. For instance, if you have collision insurance, your
own carrier will pay for repairs or the loss of your car. This is usually
the fastest way to get your car repaired. Your own insurance company will
pay for the repairs even though you are not at fault. You will have to
pay the collision deductible, but that money may be returned to you when
and if your insurer settles the claim with the at-fault driver's company.
When the other driver's insurance company accepts fault, you will
be paid by his or her liability coverage. Usually, the insurance company
will pay a standard amount for repairs. However, it may take days or weeks
for the at-fault driver's company to accept the claim, and, therefore,
your car may not be repaired for a long time.
If the driver who causes the accident does not have insurance, your own
policy under uninsured motorist coverage can take care of repairs. Under
some circumstances, you will be responsible for a deductible.
If your car is totaled in the accident, the insurance company will compare
the fair market value of your car, meaning what amount of money your car
would have sold for before the accident, with the amount of money necessary
to repair your car. The insurance company will pay you the lesser amount,
you can accept the decision and sign your car over to the insurance company,
or you can accept the total loss amount minus the salvage value and keep your car.
If you have been involved in an accident caused by another driver, you
should be reimbursed for any costs that appear as a result, such as being
without a car for a period. The at-fault driver's insurance company
may pay only a certain amount of rental car costs. In that case, the best
advice is to rent at a reasonable cost. In addition, the insurer may claim
to pay for a rental for only a specified time. Make sure that you follow
up with the shop that has your car so that it is repaired as quickly as possible.
Personal Injury Law Firm
If you are in a car accident that is not your fault and you decide to
fight the other driver's insurer, you will need an experienced lawyer
to help you through the often complicated world of car insurance.
Contact us - the Doan Law Firm - and let our experience help to ease the problem.
It is our job to deal with the complicated world of car insurance and
insurers, and we are open 24 hours a day, seven days week to do so. We
offer free phone consultation and charge no fees unless and until we win.
Involvement in a car accident, especially when you are the victim, can
be a traumatic experience at best. Contact the
Doan Law Firm and let us work for you.