Driving History

If I have an accident in my parent's car, will the accident be on my record or my parent's record?

Thanks for the question. Different claims departments file such claims differently.

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Coverage & Claims

Can I file an additional loss of use claim even after the at fault party's insurance has paid for the repairs of the vehicle?

From my understanding, if the initial check did not cover your travel expenses but was for the repairs then you are still owed for that and should reopen the claim with that company. They, of course, would need the info and receipts to show what expenses you had. For future reference, I recommend using the initial claims payout for what it was meant for — your car's repairs, first and foremost.

General Insurance

How do I get a copy of my MVR?

An MVR wouldn't show accident claims, it will only show your past tickets or citations. If an insurer paid out for a claim, the most likely report they're using is called a CLUE report.

Coverage & Claims

Should I file a claim if I got hit and am not at fault but settled for an amount less than I actually need?

Hello, My advice would be to contact your insurance company. They can begin negotiations and work on your behalf to get your vehicle back to its pre-accident state.

General Insurance

What is the reason that another driver would refuse to give their car insurance after an accident?

They might not have insurance or don't want you to file a claim on their insurance. Any claim you make would impact their premium.

General Insurance

I had an accidental ten day lapse between insurance carriers. How long will I be penalized for lapse?

You will have to have had your car insurance for a continuous six months in order to cease being penalized with a higher rate and get credit for having insurance — which should help your rate come down. See this guide to understand how and why a lapse in coverage impacts your premium.

General Insurance

I got in an accident and my insurance company hasn’t really done anything to fix it, do I have to continue to pay?

You definitely have the freedom to shop around for a new insurance company during your policy period. As long as you had insurance at the time of the accident, you can cancel your policy at any time. Make sure to ask if there are any penalties and that you have insurance set up with another company before you switch.

Coverage & Claims

Police report was taken after auto accident. Will it show who was cited?

The police cannot determine fault — only insurance adjustors can determine who was at fault, which can be based on a police report. When you file a claim, you should request the police report by contacting the police department.

Coverage & Claims

If a large item falls from a truck and causes an accident, whose insurance will cover it?

This is a legal matter and I suggest talking further with your own attorney. Your insurance will not cover the claim since you only have liability insurance.

Coverage & Claims

If I hit someone and they don't have car insurance is it still my fault?

If you're determined at-fault in the accident, you are responsible for the other driver's damages regardless of whether or not they're insured. You might be thinking of no-fault insurance, which Pennsylvania has voluntary participation in.

Coverage & Claims

Am I at fault if I swerve to avoid my neighbor's cat but hit his car?

In this instance, you will likely be held liable for the accident. Although you want to use your best judgment when it comes to avoiding an animal, in most cases, if an accident/collision occurs by you trying to avoid hitting an animal, you are responsible for the damages.
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