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If I ask my insurance agent about making a claim, can they raise my rates?

While your agent could certainly help advise you about whether or not to make a claim, it's possible that they could report the potential claim to their underwriters who may follow up on it. At-fault accidents can add a considerable amount to your insurance premiums, so you definitely want to be careful about filing.

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How do I get a false claim on my record removed?

The best course of action would be to call that insurance company and request all paperwork associated with that claim. It should show as a zero dollar payout, which you could show to other companies to dispute the claim. If you want to fight it off your record, you'd need to look up your CLUE report from LexisNexis and open a dispute regarding that claim.

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Can another insurance company find out about my at-fault accident if I pay for my own damage?

Sorry to hear about the situation. There are a few things to think about here.

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Should I file a claim through State Farm?

These kinds of situations are going to depend greatly on your current finances and insurance premiums. If you've previously had a clean record, an accident will typically increase your rates by about 20 to 30%.

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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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Am I able to buy insurance now and use it to file a claim for a not-at-fault rental car accident?

Insurance never works retroactively; it goes by the effective date stated on the policy. Any incidents that happened prior to the date of binding will not be covered.

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I broke a tooth while working on my friend's car. Will his auto insurance cover the dentist bill?

Auto insurance will not get involved in this situation unless you were injured in a car accident or something else that would qualify as a loss. If your friend is at-fault for this happening, you could file a claim against the personal liability coverage of their renters or homeowners policy.

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Will a comprehensive claim on my motorcycle affect my car insurance rates?

Your comprehensive claim will show up on your reports for auto insurance even if it was done for a motorcycle. The good news is if this is your first comp claim, it's considered not-at-fault, and most companies will not adjust your rates.

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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. If you go through insurance, you would be classified as at-fault in this incident and you can expect your premium to increase over a period of three years.

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What do I do if the party at-fault claims insurance first?

I'm sorry to hear about your accident, but I'm glad that you took pictures. It is hard to say if the police will show in some areas for a minor accident.
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