How does car insurance work when you are not at fault?
When you are not at fault in an accident, the other driver’s car insurance typically pays for your expenses. If it takes a while to determine fault, you can file a collision claim with your insurer, which will then try to recover the cost of the claim and your deductible from the at-fault driver’s insurer.
Will my auto insurance go up if someone hits me?
Naturally, most injured victims that contact our firm want to know about the financial consequences of the collision. A common question that potential clients ask us when they call is whether their car insurance rates will increase as a result of the collision – even if they weren’t at fault. The answer: no.
When a not at fault claim can raise your insurance costs?
Under California law, an insurer cannot increase your premiums when you aren’t at fault.
What happens if an accident is not your fault?
If you weren’t at fault in an accident, you also have the choice to file a claim with the other driver’s insurance company, called a third-party claim. In a third-party claim, the other insurance company will pay for your car repairs once it determines their driver was at at-fault.
Do I have to pay my deductible if I’m not at fault?
You do not have to pay a car insurance deductible if you are not at fault in a car accident. The at-fault driver’s liability insurance will usually cover your expenses after an accident, but you may want to use your own coverage, in which case you will likely have to pay a deductible.
What should you not say to your insurance company after an accident?
Avoid using phrases like “it was my fault,” “I’m sorry,” or “I apologize.” Don’t apologize to your insurer, the other driver, or law enforcement. Even if you are simply being polite and not intentionally admitting fault, these types of words and phrases will be used against you.
Will an accident raise my insurance?
In the majority of cases—no, a not at fault accident does not affect your insurance. This means your insurance policy, premiums, and excess will not be impacted.
Will my premium increase if I file a claim not at fault?
Usually, a no-fault accident will not raise your insurance premium. That’s because the at-fault driver’s insurance company is responsible for compensating you for vehicle damages and medical costs. If your insurance company doesn’t have to give you any money for the claim, your rate won’t go up.
Do insurance rates go up after comprehensive claim?
A comprehensive claim will generally increase your auto insurance costs. However, you can save money by becoming a safer driver or choosing an insurance company that doesn’t increase premiums for drivers with previous comprehensive claims.