You certainly can. Loss of use is compensable (rental car) as well as Diminished Value. Diminished Value is You may have never heard of Diminished Value is the loss of value to your vehicle due to it being involved in an accident. Showing an accident on a "Car Fax" or similar report will cause your vehicle to be worth less and this person or their insurance company is responsible for paying for those damages. Insurance companies get away without paying these claims because the public generally does not know about them.
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On a 2013, it would have to have significant frame damage or the front end ripped off for them to total it. Sometimes, vehicles will go in for repairs and when they get into it, they find a lot more damage and ultimately the vehicle is totaled. As others have point out, diminished value is real and does affect the resale of your vehicle. I know when I look for my cars, if I even see a "minor accident" noted, I simply pass. Too many other cars without any problems.
Without knowing coverages, etc., it's hard to give advice. You really need to speak to an attorney. Do you have any injuries? Have you treated with anyone? If not, you probably need to ASAP. I wouldn't waste any more time, call some attorney's or give me a call if you want to chat more about it.
Request a copy of the estimate to damage on your vehicle. If the monetary damage to the vehicle is close to the value of the vehicle it is possible to get it declared totaled. But first you need to request a copy of the estimate. Two , yes you can recoupe the money for your rental. Three, you can also recoupe monies for the diminished value to car. Your car has now lost value because of the accident. You can request to be compenstated.
You have a valid claim against the other driver/owner for any car damage, loss of value, and loss of use (rental cost) not covered by your own insurance company. If the other owner/driver has insurance, it should pay those claims. If you were hurt, you may have a claim for your injuries also.
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Yes - at least consult with a local FL personal injury attorney - what have you got to lose since almost all offer free consultations. Get professional assistance - you need it at this point. Best wishes
This is not intended to be legal advise or as legal representation. I am a California personal injury attorney . Be aware that every state has its own statute of limitations; and statutes & case laws that govern the handling of these matters.
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