Car Accident FAQ
You surely are confronted with a myriad of questions and concerns in the wake of a car accident. Speaking to a skilled Boston car accident lawyer from our firm is a good means of getting answers to many of your questions.
You can set up a no-cost case evaluation with our firm by calling us as soon as you are in an accident, and the Law Office of Steven R. Whitman LLC can provide the legal insight you need to protect your right to compensation.
Can I choose where to get my car repaired?
This is usually your prerogative, while your insurance company will decide on how much of your repairs they will pay for, which may not be what your repair shop will charge you.
Do I have to pay the storage fee for my car?
Usually, it is the insurance company of the party responsible for the accident which will pay for towing and storage of your car. If your car is totaled, the insurer will also need to pay to have it moved to a salvage or wrecking yard.
Who decides if my car can be repaired or is totaled?
This decision is up to the insurance company of the driver who caused the accident decides if your car is not worth repairing. The insurer may declare your vehicle to be a total loss if the cost of the parts and labor to repair it is more than the market value, in which case they would pay you the cash value of your car. This is the fair market value of similar vehicles in your area or as determined by an independent source like the Kelley Blue Book.
Will I be responsible for my bank loan if I am financing my car?
Yes, you will still be responsible for paying any remaining money owed to your bank if you were financing your vehicle.
Will I receive a rental car while mine is being repaired?
If the other driver was responsible for the accident, the driver’s insurance company should cover the cost of obtaining a rental vehicle.
Will I have to pay for new license plates?
The insurance company should be paying a prorated amount for any registration fees which are unused and transfer fees for new registration tags.