Claims: When I File a Not-at-Fault Claim Will my Premiums Jump?

People are afraid of doing anything that might cause their car insurance premiums to increase – even filing a claim for damages that someone else admitted to causing.

In this situation, do you make a claim with your insurer, or do you wait for the other party to file a claim with his or her insurance company?

Although you might be reluctant to contact your insurer, you should always do so. If the other party never makes a claim, you could be left paying for the damage he or she caused.

You should also immediately file a formal claim with the other party’s insurer. If he or she disappears or has given you false information, you can rely on your own policy’s uninsured/underinsured motorists’ coverage – and rates shouldn’t go up.

In general, if you need to file a claim for damage that isn’t your fault, it’s unlikely your premiums will rise unless you have had multiple claims, especially in a one year period. If you’ve had four accidents in a year, even if none of them was your fault, your insurer will take note. This claims history may signal fraud, bad driving habits, or bad luck – none of which insurers like.

If you have a bad claims history, and the accident hasn’t caused major damage, both parties might consider leaving insurers out of it. But do ensure you write down the at-fault driver’s license and plate number, as well as insurance and other pertinent information.

Remember, if you’re suspicious, contact your insurer regardless.

If you have any questions please contact Page Insurance, Ltd at (203) 453-5258 or email us at [email protected]