An insurance company can assign fault regardless if a police report is filed or not. A police report is simply a report made by a neutral party at an accident scene. I believe there have been cases where insurance companies have assigned fault to one party when the opposing party was initially named at fault in a report.
Once you decided to not go through insurance and not file a police report, you left yourself open for paying for your own repairs. Sorry you learned such a hard lesson. Never have an accident and not get a police report. The insurance company is not going to pay out based on someone's word. A police report is needed to file a claim.
The way car insurance works after an accident is that a report must be made to the insurance company. They will review it and then decide what you new insurance cost will be. Answer: Accidents need to be reported to your insurance company as soon as possible whether you or someone else caused the accident. If police were called to the scene then you must obtain a copy of the police report as well to be sent to your insurance company. All of this if you plan to file the insurance claim through your or the other drivers insurance. Some have accidents but the repairs are so minor that they pay out of pocket rather than getting the insurance companies involved.
No you don't have to call the at fault insurance company. You have to get the information from other driver, give this information to your insurance company/agent. You have to get the collision report from reporting center. If the damage is more than $1000 and somebody is injured too, you may call police and send the police report copy to your insurance co.
Absolutely. You have an obligation to report it to your insurance company and to cooperate with the settlement of the claim. If it was very small you can try to deal with the person directly to keep it from going on your insurance. Be carefull with this because you can't try to settle it your self then turn it over to your insurance company. You can contact them and ask them to get an estimate before you decide.
Yes, CLUE reports monitor anything paid by any insurance company regardless of a police report. Therefore, only if you reported the accident to the insurance company or they reported it. If you did not, and they did not, and there was no police report(for example you did some kind of direct negotiation or something) only then is there no way they are going to find out.
Yes, of course. If you are liable for the damages you are required by law to cover the losses. Having a police report or not having a police report has no bearing on your liability and resulting financial responsibilities. Although most minor accidents do not merit a police report, the insurance companies recommend an accident report be filed whenever possible to document the occurrence and protect the drivers and the company from individuals who may later try to shirk their financial responsibilities. If you have insurance then your insurance company will cover the loss for you up to your policy limits. If you are uninsured then you are required to pay the damages yourself.
This is up to your insurance company. Why would you not have a police report anyway? The purpose of a police report is to get statements from all parties involved at the time of the accident before they have time to change their stories and make up facts. The police officer reports the statements and lists his/her observations and evidence at the scene to determine who is at fault in the accident or incident. Sometimes an insurance company will not require a police report in cases such as an animal collision or glass claim where it wouldn't really make any difference to have a report because there is no real fault to determine. Most of the time a police report is required and necessary.
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