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Insurance Question from Bedford Park, IL

Asked on 09/29/2011

If I was involved in an accident where I got rear ended with only liability insurance and the company of the person who hit me would have to pay? How much do they pay if the car was totaled? How do you get them to pay the total value of the car?

Answer given on October 01, 2011

If you were rearended in an accident, the general rule is that the other party is responsible for the damages. Their insurance company will pay for damages to your car and if you were injured will pay for your injuries. The other company should be in touch with you to review the damages to your car. They may send out an adjuster, or simply have you go to a repair facility to get an estimate. The insurance company will determine if your car is a total loss or not. If it is considered a total, they will present an offer to you for your car.If you feel the amount offered is not enough, it is your responsibility to provide proof that your car was worth more. You can do so with listings of a similar car for sale at a higher amount. You should be sure you are getting the best offer you can.If the car is not considered a total, then they will pay for the damages to your car as well as provide you with a rental car while your car is being repaired.


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