At-Fault Driver Won’t Contact Insurance
Let’s say you have been involved in a car accident. You get out of your car after another driver accidentally hits you. You tried to exchange information with the other driver. After a couple of days, you try to contact the driver. But, the at-fault driver does not respond. In fact, the car insurance company also says the at-fault driver is not responding. The insurance company is unable to get a statement from the other driver. Therefore, the insurance company does not accept fault.
A situation like this is an absolute nightmare. This is a very difficult situation to be in, but it is one of the most common situations to be in after a car accident. Most of the time in an ideal world, both parties will exchange information and keep in constant contact with one another to make sure claims with insurance companies are well taken care of. If you have found yourself in a situation like this, it is very important to remember that you do not constantly contact the insurance company yourself. At this time, you should be explaining the situation to your attorney for them to take over all communications. Your personal injury attorney will communicate with insurance companies to make sure that the at-fault driver does respond.
What should I do when the insurance company can’t get ahold of the other driver?
After the accident, it is very important to make sure you gather all the evidence to prove the other driver’s liability. This includes photos of the car, the driver’s license of the other driver, and insurance information from the other driver. If there are any police reports, make sure to bring all that evidence in during the consultation with your attorney. If you do not know the other parties’ insurance company, contact your insurance company and request a declarations page to view your insurance coverage policy. You could also request to get a police report if any was written up. A police report would usually specify who the other parties’ liability would be.
Do not speak to the other driver’s insurance company
We constantly advise our clients to not speak to the other party’s insurance company. If you have a personal injury attorney, they need to take care of that for you. When you speak to the other driver’s insurance company, they will try to take recorded statements from you. These recorded statements will then be used against you when they offer a lower settlement amount. Insurance companies will try to ask argumentative and convoluted questions to make you rethink your claims. The other driver’s insurance company is trying to pay as little as possible for your injuries. It is very essential that you do not agree to any recordings or written statements from any other party other than your attorney. This can and will be used against you. You could legally provide your name contact information and address. However, do not provide any other information about the accident.
Statute of limitations in California
Although the at-fault driver will not respond, this should not prevent you from filing a lawsuit against the other driver. California has a statute of limitations that place has a limit on filing claims. Each state has a different statute of limitations, and it can range from one year up to 3 years to file a claim. Any claims brought to court after the statute of limitations has run will be dismissed. For more information on the statute of limitations, please visit our page here.
Contact your insurance company
If the other party’s insurance company does not respond, you may be able to get coverage through your own insurance company. If you have collision coverage, you may be able to get reimbursed for the cost of repairing your car. But collision coverage will not cover injuries that you have sustained. Injuries could only be covered by the other defendant’s party.
What if I was uninsured?
If you are uninsured and are injured in a car accident, California’s Prop 213 applies, and you’ll be unable to receive any compensation. This occurs even if you are not at fault. This is not a well-known proposition in California. Unfortunately, many have to find out after the accident occurs. The purpose behind this law is to encourage many to get automobile insurance. For more information, please visit our page here.
Does the other driver have a duty to respond?
Every insurance policy requires that there be a duty to cooperate. This means that an insured person has a duty to cooperate with the other party if they have caused the accident. Despite this duty to respond, many defendants still fail to contact the plaintiff after such an accident. This can be frustrating to multiple parties. If the other driver does not cooperate with the insurance company, then the adjuster will not be able to investigate.
What happens if the other party does not respond?
When the claim is filed with the other insurance company, an adjuster is assigned. The adjuster will then look into the claim and try to investigate the claim as much as possible. If the other party does not respond to anyone, the next step would be to file a lawsuit against the other driver. This is usually the last case scenario, and should only be approached when the other driver has not responded to anybody. If the amount of damages is for a minimal amount, then the claim must be brought in to small claims court. If it is a large amount, make sure you contact an experienced personal injury attorney to litigate the claims for you. Going to trial is one of the last steps to take since going to trial is very costly.
Uninsured motorist coverage
If your insurance policy includes uninsured motorist coverage, you may be able to make a claim under that policy. Even though the other driver may have had insurance, the insurance company is unable to offer any benefits because the other driver is not cooperating. When there are no other options to pursue, the best route would be to make a claim under the uninsured motorist coverage in the policy.
Contact our attorneys today for a free consultation
If the insurance company can’t get ahold of the other driver, contact your personal injury attorney as soon as possible. It is important that you communicate all updates you receive with your attorney to prevent any miscommunication and to ensure a smooth legal process. Contact our attorneys today for a free case review. We will get to work for you. During the case review, we can address options you can take for your legal claim, how much the case could possibly be worth, how much the damages would be, and what the next steps are. Our top-rated legal team is here to help you.
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