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Insurance Question from Mindenmines, MO

Asked on 12/30/2015

will i have to pay anything out of pocket. i backed into another vehicle which broke the headlight and put a small dent in hood, no damage to my truck i have full coverage with $1000 deductible, i am not certain of other persons ins status or if he has a valid license. i offered to pay him, but he refused and turned it into insurance.

Answer given on January 02, 2016

If you caused an accident that damaged another person’s vehicle, then your insurance company will pay for the damages to that vehicle. There is no deductible on your policy for these damages. If there was no damage to your vehicle, then your insurance company will close the claim once the damage to the other vehicle is repaired. It does not matter if the other vehicle had insurance, whether he had a license or not or if the driver was insured or not. You are still responsible for the damages to his vehicle.If the damages are over a certain limit, your insurance rates could go up. Usually the amount is somewhere between $750 and $1,000. It varies by insurance company. You can ask your agent about this, but you really have little control over what is paid. Your insurance company will not pay more than the going rate for the repairs to the other vehicle.


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