Getting into a car accident can bring about physical injuries, emotional stress, and financial strains, too, like hefty medical bills and soaring insurance premiums. If you find yourself in this situation, it might be a good idea to consider contacting a car accident attorney. They can guide you through your legal options and help you understand how the incident might impact your insurance rates.

How Does Fault Affect Car Insurance Rates?

Insurance companies consider several factors when determining liability, and one of the most important factors is the fault of the accident. Who's at fault in a car accident can significantly impact the rate of insurance premiums.

The duration for which your insurance premiums rates will be higher after an accident varies depending on several factors, including:

  • Milwaukee laws
  • Insurance company policies
  • Your driving history
  • The severity of the accident

When determining premium rates, insurance companies consider the level of risk associated with each driver. If you are liable for a motor vehicle accident or have a history of accidents, it indicates a higher level of risk, increasing the likelihood of future accidents. 

At Natasha Misra Law, we encourage you to report your accident immediately to your insurance company. If you believe that your insurance company does not have your best interest at heart or that your rates increase, though you were not at fault for the accident, we can help. 

How Fault Impacts Insurance Claims

Insurance companies consider several factors when determining liability after an accident, with the fault being one of the most critical. Filing a claim should not lead to rate increases if you are not at fault for the collision. However, if you are liable or have a history of accidents, your premiums may rise due to the increased risk.

It's still vital to file a claim regardless of fault determination. This ensures you receive compensation for injuries, vehicle damage, and other expenses from the at-fault driver's insurance. Your own policy may also provide coverage like medical payments or uninsured motorist coverage to help pay bills.

Steps for Filing an Effective Insurance Claim

Here are some tips for filing a thorough insurance claim after a car accident:

  • Report the Accident: Notify your insurance company about the accident as soon as possible after it occurs. Provide key details like date, time, location, and parties involved. This starts the claims process.
  • Cooperate with the Insurer: Work closely with your insurance company during the investigation. Provide a recorded statement, access to your vehicle for inspection, and any supporting documents they request. This shows you are acting in good faith.
  • Track Expenses: Keep detailed records of all accident-related expenses, including medical bills, auto repair estimates, missed wages due to injuries, and communication with insurers. This evidence helps support your claim.
  • Request a Police Report: Obtain a copy of the official accident report filed by the responding law enforcement officer. Review it for accuracy regarding the determination of fault and details provided.
  • Don't Delay Care: Seek medical treatment immediately after the accident and follow all doctor's orders. Gaps in care can lead insurers to dispute injury claims.
  • Rental Car Coverage: If your vehicle is not drivable, make sure to specifically request rental car reimbursement from the at-fault driver's insurer. Most policies include this coverage.

Filing an insurance claim is the essential first step after any accident, regardless of who is deemed at fault. It starts the process of getting your bills paid and vehicle repaired.

Injured in a Milwaukee Car Accident? Contact Natasha Misra Law For Help

It's important to report your accident to your insurance company. If your premiums rise even if you were not at fault or believe the fault was wrongfully assigned to you after the accident, contact Natasha Misra Law for help. Call (414) 210-3834 for a consultation.

An insurance adjuster is a person who an insurance company employs to investigate and evaluate insurance claims. Insurance adjusters are responsible for determining the extent of coverage and scope of insuring a company’s liability.

If you are in the process of seeking compensation after a car accident, you will probably encounter insurance adjusters. Insurance adjusters work on behalf of the insurance company, so it’s important that you do not speak with them without your attorney present.

What are The Dangers of Speaking to an Insurance Adjuster Without Legal Advice?

Insurance adjusters evaluate the extent of the injury or damage, determine liability, and negotiate a settlement.  Speaking to an insurance adjuster without any legal advice from an attorney can carry numerous potential dangers, including:

  • Limited understanding of your rights: Insurance policies and claim processes can be complex. Without legal support, you may not have a clear understanding of your rights and could unintentionally say or do something that could jeopardize your case.
  • Weakening your case: Adjusters have expertise in fighting claims. They may find ways to weaken your case or deny your claim altogether.
  • Unfair settlement offers: If you are unaware of the actual value of your claim, you are at risk of accepting unfair compensation.
  • Contradictory statements: Claims adjusters will usually ask questions and often try to take recorded statements that can cause you to make contradictory or inaccurate statements that can undermine your credibility.

Why Consult An Attorney?

There are many reasons to consult an attorney when dealing with insurance adjusters, including the following:

  • Consulting an attorney helps ensure equal representation.  An attorney can level the playing field by protecting your interests.
  • An attorney has an extensive understanding of insurance laws and regulations and can help you navigate the claims process effectively.
  • Insurance adjusters have negotiation skills. By hiring a lawyer, you gain access to someone skilled in negotiation.
  • An attorney has the knowledge and experience to help you navigate complex legal issues.

Contact Natasha Misra Law Today

Seeking legal advice can help protect your rights and maximize compensation. It can also help you understand the implications of statements made during conversations with an adjuster.

If you have been injured due to someone’s fault, Natasha Misra Law can protect you from insurance adjusters—call (414) 210-3834 to schedule a free consultation and get the compensation you deserve.

Natasha Misra

My law practice is dedicated to helping people who have suffered injuries in accidents which were not their fault. Born and raised in Milwaukee, I come from a family of medical professionals. My background and experience help me understand and represent individuals injured in accidents.