Should I file a claim with my auto insurance or theirs?
It’s something that many people don’t think about until they actually find themselves involved in a car accident. Should you file a claim with your insurance company or the other driver’s? As with most things surrounding a car crash, it depends on the circumstances surrounding your accident. If you’ve suffered any sort of injury, you should schedule a free consultation with one of our Los Angeles car accident lawyers from Ellis Law. You may be entitled to seek cash compensation to cover your medical bills and more. Here are some examples of when it’s smart to file a claim with your company, and when it’s best to file a claim with the other driver’s insurance:
When to file a claim with your insurance
When you file a claim with your insurance, they’ll pay for the damages to your car, minus your deductible. Depending on who is at fault for the accident, they may seek reimbursement from the other driver’s insurance company. Generally, they’ll get you your settlement fairly quickly, even if they have to hash out details with the other company behind the scenes. If the accident is no-fault, or totally your fault, it makes sense to file a claim with your insurance. Whether you decide to file the claim with your company or not, it’s always best to call and inform them that the accident took place. If the liable driver’s company is dragging their feet, your company may be able to help.
When to file a claim with the other driver’s insurance company
If the accident was the other driver’s fault, even partially, you may want to file a claim directly with their company. You’ll avoid having to pay a deductible, though it may take longer to get a fair settlement. They may try to shift blame and cast doubt on your version of events. This is why it’s always good to have a talented legal team in your corner. If you’ve been hurt in an automobile accident that wasn’t your fault, you should contact a personal injury lawyer from Ellis Law. We can deal with insurance companies, and work towards earning you fair compensation. If necessary, we can file a lawsuit to attempt to secure adequate damages to cover your expenses, as well as an amount for pain and suffering.
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