The impact of a collision can seriously damage both cars involved in the crash. Depending on the extent of the damage, the repairs can cost hundreds or even thousands of dollars. But fortunately, if the other driver caused the car accident, it is their insurance company that will have to pay for your repairs. Here’s how to get your car repaired after a car accident:
Contact the At-Fault Driver’s Insurance Company
If the accident was clearly caused by the other driver, you will need to get in touch with their insurance company as soon as possible. The at-fault party’s insurance company must repair your car so that it is in the same condition it was in prior to the accident. Once they are notified of the accident, the insurance company will ask that you take the car to a repair shop to obtain an estimate for the repairs that need to be made on the vehicle.
Visit A Repair Shop
Insurance companies typically have contracts with repair shops in the community. The contracted shops provide better rates for insurance companies since they account for a significant portion of each shop’s business. But, these are only suggestions, so it’s important to remember that you can obtain an estimate wherever you’d like.
Submit the Estimate to the Insurance Company
Next, the estimate will need to be sent to the insurance adjuster who is assigned to your case. At this point, the insurance adjuster may review and immediately approve the estimate. But unfortunately, the insurance adjuster often finds something that he does not agree with on the estimate. For example, the insurance adjuster may think that a part can be repaired instead of completely replaced. If this happens, the insurance adjuster and repair shop can negotiate until they reach an agreement.
Get the Repairs
Once the estimate has been approved, it’s your responsibility to schedule an appointment at the repair shop and get your car fixed. Be sure to ask the insurance adjuster about whether or not they cover the costs of a rental car that you can use while your car is being fixed. Many insurance companies offer this coverage, which makes it easier to carry on with your life while your car is being repaired.
If you have been involved in a car accident, seek legal representation from the personal injury attorneys at Reisch Law Firm. Let our team fight for the compensation that you deserve for your injuries and property damage. Schedule a free consultation today by calling 303-291-0555 or filling out this online form.