Besides the fact that a car accident can stress you out quite a bit, it can also end up being a huge financial burden. You could be on the hook for repair costs or at least your deductible, your insurance rates may go up and, depending on the extent of the accident, and you may end up missing some work. That can all cost you quite a bit, which is why it’s important to keep these pointers in mind to make a full financial recovery.
Get Your Transportation Sorted out Right Away
Ideally, your car will either still be drivable or your repair costs will be covered and you can get it fixed. Whatever the case, you don’t want to compound your financial problem by missing unnecessary days of work because of transportation issues. If your car will be out of commission, look into rideshare options, ask people you know for a ride or check out your public transportation options.
File a Claim through Your Insurance Company
You should file an insurance claim through your carrier regardless of who was at fault in the accident. Your carrier will then investigate to see which driver was at fault. In the meantime, if you have comprehensive coverage, your insurance will pay for damages to your vehicle, minus your deductible.
Consider Suing for Damages
If the other driver is at fault for the accident, they may be liable for any damages you suffered. These can include repair costs, medical bills and lost wages if you had to miss work. Their insurance company should pay this, unless they’re uninsured or the amount ends up being more than the limits of their policy. It’s not always easy to get compensation, though. If you’re getting stonewalled, try consulting with an attorney to see what options are available to you.
Consider Adjusting Your Insurance Policy If Your Rate Increases
An accident where you’re at fault, and sometimes even one where you’re not at fault, can cause your insurance rate to go up. If you can’t afford your new premiums, look into options with other carriers or try adjusting your policy with your current carrier. You don’t want to get rid of important coverages, but you may need to for the time being depending on your financial situation.
A car accident can be a costly experience. But when you handle the situation correctly, you can at least get back on stable financial ground as quickly as possible.