Coverage & Claims

What is the No Pay, No Play law in Alaska? What happens if both parties in an accident are uninsured?

Unless you were under the influence, drove recklessly, acted with intent, or fled the scene in a hit-and-run, I don't necessarily think you could be charged for a felony if you've been cooperative. However, a suit could be filed against you for damages. Regardless of both parties' insurance status, if you were at fault for the accident and the other party can prove this, then you need to pay for the damages caused.

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We had an accident while towing someone else's car. Whose insurance pays for the damage?

Whose company pays for the towing damage will be very specific to which insurer you have a policy with. Many companies will not cover any type of towing equipment without a special endorsement.

Coverage & Claims

My insurance company wants to deem my car totaled. Can this be disputed?

Typically, an insurance claims department will do whatever ends up the cheapest for them. Unfortunately, they will almost never negotiate the claim type or even how they pay out on it.

Coverage & Claims

I cut down a big tree and it fell on my truck. Will insurance cover that?

Your insurance should cover the damages minus your deductible. In this case, you would file a comprehensive claim for the damage.

Coverage & Claims

Can I dispute the payout amount my insurance company wants to give me?

Actual cash value (ACV) from your insurance is not the same as an adjusted amount — it's an estimate on their books. I would get another person to look at the vehicle and get another opinion on the adjustment to make sure it was accurate before trying to fight the claims department. If you have any questions, don't hesitate to ask.

General Insurance

Can I drive a truck I'm buying across state lines, without plates, to get it home?

I would call up your local DMV or appropriate state department and ask them what to do. Most states allow you to pay a small fee and show an out of state status and they will issue you a temporary paper plate for the vehicle to be relocated.

Coverage & Claims

Can an insurance company only cover the vehicle but not the driver?

An insurance company can deny a claim if the guilty party was not in compliance with the rules set by their insurance plan. This does not, however, mean the guilty party is off the hook.

Coverage & Claims
Motorcycle Insurance

My motorcycle was in the back of my friend’s truck, which flooded and went downstream. Would his insurance cover the motorcycle?

I'm sorry but your friend's insurance company would not be responsible for your motorcycle since car insurance does not cover the contents of the vehicle, which is what the motorcycle would be considered. If you have comprehensive coverage on the motorcycle, your insurance company will likely cover the claim.

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.

Coverage & Claims

Will my insurance cover my vehicle to be towed out of a hill?

This can depend. Do you have roadside assistance? If so, your winching and extraction coverage would probably be able to help you, depending on the specific details of the coverage.

Coverage & Claims

A vehicle that was being towed was totaled

I'm sorry to hear your car was totaled. This is what I would recommend.
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