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Car Accidents - Some Frequently Asked Questions

Posted by attorney Christopher Hoffmann

Getting involved in a car accident is unfortunate. Not only can there be mental and emotional stress but the legal formalities that it brings along can be daunting and complicated. A person who is not aware of the circumstantial proceedings is likely to get entangled in the legal system and can end up losing a lot of time, money and mental peace at the hands of law.

Before talking to a lawyer or appearing in court, one must be aware of some basic legal questions. These help in putting forth a strong case in front of the prosecutor. This guide helps to explain some of the commonly asked questions while dealing with car accident cases.

Who is responsible to decide where your car gets repaired?

The owner is responsible for deciding where his car is repaired. The billing and payments is taken care of by the insurance company.

Will I be charged for storage by the repair shop?

The insurance company of the person whose vehicle caused the accident should be responsible to pay towing and storage. If the vehicle is declared as a total loss, it will be moved to a salvage or wrecking yard. The payment for this should also be done by the insurance company.

Who decides what condition your car is in?

The insurance company liable for payments and transactions decides whether your vehicle is worth repairing or not. If the repair and exchange parts charges exceed the vehicle’s market value, the company declares it as a total loss. In such a case, you are entitled for the payment of the current market value of your car. The current market value is decided by the fair market value of similar automobiles in your respective area.

If you were injured in a St. Louis car accident, you probably have many other questions. Some of these may be: How can I pay my medical bills? What if I can't work? How can I take care of my family? Fortunately, you do not have to answer these questions alone. A St. Louis car accident lawyer can help you find peace of mind.

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