Should it cover the damage done to my car?

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UPDATED: Oct 23, 2017

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Insurance Question from Brookville, OH

Asked on 10/23/2017

Should it cover the damage done to my car? I am a student driver in the 11th grade. This morning I drove to school and as I came up to the school light a person across the intersection did NOT have their turn signal on but was in the turn lane. I had the right of way but as I was turning, the other car turned at the same time causing a collision. My parents said that I have full coverage but I’m not sure what that means?

Answer given on October 23, 2017

If you were involved in a collision and the determination of who was at fault is in question, it will be decided by the insurance companies.  Even though the other party did not have a turn signal, you acknowledge that they were in the turn lane.  You determined you had the right of way, but that is open to discussion depending upon someone turning left or right and the traffic light. It may be determined that you will each be considered 50% at fault and the insurance companies will pay for the damage to each of their insured’s cars.

Full coverage in insurance means that you not only have liability coverage but also collision coverage  and comprehensive coverage. In this case, if you are at fault, the insurance company will pay for the damages to the other car under the liability portion and your car will be covered under the collision portion, subject to the deductible. If you are determined to be at fault then your insurance rates will most likely go up.


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