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Coverage & Claims

Can an insurance company refuse payment for an accident claim by their client if I'm unable to pay their full set amount?

The full amount of damages is to be settled at the time of loss. The insurer giving you a payment option versus taking you to court is already a courtesy they are offering you.

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Can the other person still file an insurance claim against me if I wasn't issued a citation?

Yes, regardless of police involvement the other party can file a claim against you if you were at-fault. Your insurance will want to settle the claim to avoid a lawsuit.

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Renters Insurance

How do I get a false claim off my insurance report?

I would call my prior insurance company (your renters provider) showing the false claim and see how they have it marked. I would also have them send confirmation that the claim was dropped and not paid out.

Coverage & Claims

If I have two separate insurance claims to file, do they tally the two claims to determine if the car is totaled?

The claims department will want to do whatever is the least expensive option. They will likely add the damages together to decide what to do.

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If the driver is not licensed, does it affect their ability to file a claim?

Most insurance companies do have access to a driver's background when they quote and insure them. Not having a driver's license is usually an issue for insurers but it's not impossible to find insurance for an unlicensed driver, and that seems to be the case in this situation.

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Should I file a liability claim if I caused $650 in damage to the other car?

We have a handy guide on how to determine whether or not to file a claim here. For that amount of damage, it's probably wise to forgo the claim and pay for the damage out-of-pocket.

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In the past five years, we have had four claims. I recently had an accident in my garage where I hit my own car. Should I file a claim?

Given your claims history, I would pay for the damages to both vehicles out-of-pocket. You are correct that having any more claims added will likely make it very difficult to find coverage — not to mention when you do, it's going to cost even more than your current bills.

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Within what timeframe does an insurer typically drop or penalize you for multiple (two) accidents?

Sorry to hear about the accidents. If you were to move to a new company they would probably start the policy reflecting these accidents.

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Do I need a police report to file a claim with insurance if I damaged my own vehicle?

You do not need a police report to open a claim. Since it was a single-vehicle accident, you will be charged as at-fault if the claim is paid, which would result in a higher premium.

Coverage & Claims

I got into a minor car accident and agreed to pay out-of-pocket, but today I learned they filed a claim against me. What should I do?

Unfortunately, if you're at-fault and the other party wants to file a claim against you, that is within their power to do so — even if you previously agreed to pay for the damage out-of-pocket. If you had already paid for the damage, make sure to tell the claims department when you speak with them and provide proof if you have it.
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