Vehicle next to mine catches fire and damages my vehicle.

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UPDATED: Jan 7, 2013

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Written By: Jeffrey JohnsonUPDATED: Jan 7, 2013Fact Checked

Auto insurance for a driver protects them from liability if they cause an accident or damage to another vehicle. If the other driver’s car caught fire through no fault of the driver, they are not legally liable for the damages to your car. While this may seem unfair, it is similar to a tree falling on a car. The property owner was not responsible for the damages that were caused.Your auto insurance should cover the damage to your car under the comprehensive portion of the policy. The deductible will apply for the damages, but usually the deductible for comprehensive is lower than that for collision. Call your insurance company and file a claim for the damages. This will not affect your rates. The insurance company will determine the amount of damage to your car and will arrange for repairs with a body shop that you approve of. Again your deductible will apply.

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Jeffrey Johnson is a legal writer with a focus on personal injury. He has worked on personal injury and sovereign immunity litigation in addition to experience in family, estate, and criminal law. He earned a J.D. from the University of Baltimore and has worked in legal offices and non-profits in Maryland, Texas, and North Carolina. He has also earned an MFA in screenwriting from Chapman Univer...

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