Question

Do I have to repair damage less than $1000

Car stopped for red light & truck bumps into my rear bumper do I have to report to insurance to get repair paid if under $1,000? Just happened in South Portland, Maine, no police report yet unless I'm advise to do so. Both son and I felt the jolt from the truck. Have all truck drivers info. He says to have my insurance contact his insurance if any damage. My question is:

  • Do I have to report this to my insurance company?
  • Do I have to report this to the police
  • Is this free advice? Or am I charged a fee?

Jun 26, 2018 South Portland, MA

Answer
Ava Lynch

Jun 26, 2018

First and foremost, the advice I give is 100% free. Next, you did not have to report the accident to the police but it is always a good idea. A police report can help determine who is responsible for the accident. Other things to keep in mind after an accident, are to exchange insurance information, take photos of the accident, take notes of what happened while it's still fresh in your mind, and lastly notify your insurance company of the accident. You should report the accident to your insurance company just in case any issues do arise from the claim with the other company. They can be your advocate in getting the claim resolved plus, it is typically required to report all accidents to your company. You can refer to our article on how fault is determined for more help on what to do after an accident. Lastly, the person that hit you is having his insurance company handle the claim which is the best way to handle the accident. If you do not hear from the adjuster in a timely manner then you would want to follow up with his insurance company. For more information, see our guide to claims and the entire claims process. Good luck.


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