In previous articles we covered what you should do after an accident to protect yourself. Now we focus on what you should do to ensure your car is repaired to its original condition. First and foremost after the accident take pictures, pictures, pictures! You will want to have this to illustrate the extent of damage done to your vehicle.
You have two options when it comes to repairing your vehicle after a collision. Assuming you have full coverage, you can use your own insurance company to begin repairs on your vehicle, the upside of this is that repairs can begin right away. However, the downside is that you will likely have to pay your deductible upfront and seek reimbursement later. Your second option is to have the at fault insurance company pay for the repairs directly. The upside of this option is that you will not have to pay a deductible upfront the downside is this option may delay the initiation of repairs on your vehicle as the at fault insurance company will not begin repairs until they accept liability and often, especially without the help of an experienced auto accident firm, this can be a lengthy and intimidating process. At Benson and Bingham from the moment you retain us as your attorney we will fight for you to get the at fault insurance company to accept liability and begin repairs without you spending a dime!! Once repairs begin on your vehicle we will assist with getting you in a rental vehicle on the insurance company's dime so that you can get your life back.
Did you also know that you have rights when it comes to getting your vehicle repaired? First and foremost, you have the right to pick the body shop that will repair your vehicle. The insurance companies will try and send you to their discount body shops that often do discount work, but remember, it is your right to choose the body shop. Your rights don't end there, you also have the right to request that original parts only be used in the repair of your vehicle. The insurance companies are not required to pay for original parts but we fight to do everything we can to ensure the parts used on your vehicle are top-notch. When your vehicle is finished its important to carefully inspect your vehicle to make sure everything is repaired to your satisfaction and do not sign on the dotted line until you are happy with all repairs.
Sound like a lot? Well it is. Accidents can be hectic and intimidating, that's why you want to ensure you have a knowledgeable and aggressive firm that will fight for you, Benson and Bingham, real attorneys, real results!
Did you Know: Between 2004 and 2018, Benson and Bingham settled over $127,000,000 for their clients.