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The Different Ways To Get Your Car Repaired After An Automobile Accident

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                       There are many frustrating aspects of being in an automobile accident and one of the most difficult to navigate is getting your car repaired or settling your property damage claim if your car is considered a total loss (totaled). You must wait for the insurance company to come and appraise your car and asses the damage done to it. You may not be able to drive your car or be embarrassed by driving a damaged car. These are only some of the issues that can aggravate you.

            You have a couple of options when it comes to getting your car repaired if you had collision insurance on your car. Most commonly the quickest way to get your car repaired or to get reimbursed for the fair market value of the car if it has been totaled is to go through your own insurance company. This will begin the process immediately. All you need to do is call your insurance company and get a claim set up as soon as you are able. Some companies may tell you to take your car to the body shop of your choice and send them the repair estimate.  This is usually an easy task.

            This is easy because the body shop will take care of everything after you drop it off. They deal with the insurance company about any changes in the original estimate. Other insurance companies will send out an appraiser to take a look at your car and give you an estimate. You then take that repair estimate to your body shop and they work off of that estimate. If the body shop finds additional damage while repairing the car they will contact the insurance company directly to get approval for the additional repairs.  This adds steps that can be frustrating.

            By going through your insurance company you will save time but you will have to pay your deductible. Your insurance company will attempt to collect the deductible, as well as what they paid for the car repairs, back from the at-fault party’s insurance company. If you do it this way you save time. You don’t have to wait on the at-fault insurance company.

            This takes so long because first you may not know who the at-fault insurance company is if you weren’t able to exchange information at the scene. Then it can take 7-10 days to get the accident report and find out who the insurance company is if you didn’t get this information at the accident scene. Secondly, the other insurance company will want to take the statement of their insured prior to making payment for your car, or anything for that matter. This can take from days to weeks to even months. All the time you are without a car. The procedure with the at-fault insurance company is the same but these extra hoops that you are forced to jump through are aggravating and headaches you don’t need. Then if liability is contested they will not pay for your car and you are back to dealing with your insurance company.


Michael Schafer
The Personal Injury Attorney for Louisville and Kentucky

Auto Accidents

Mike Schafer's nearly two decades of representing auto accident victims in Kentucky has given him the hands-on experience that is priceless, along with a winning track record. Mike fights hard for his clients and his opponents know it. With Mike as your lawyer, you’ll know you’re in good hands, and you’ll know that your chances at recovering compensation are as good as they can possibly be.

Truck Accidents

Mike Schafer's nearly two decades of representing truck and tractor trailer accident victims in Kentucky has given him the hands-on experience that is priceless, along with a winning track record. Mike fights hard for his clients and his opponents know it. With Mike as your lawyer, you’ll know you’re in good hands, and you’ll know that your chances at recovering compensation are as good as they can possibly be.

Wrongful Death and Fatal Accidents

Kentucky Fatal Accident Attorney, Louisville, KY, Wrongful Death Lawyer, Louisville Kentucky Fatality Attorney, Michael A Schafer, (502) 584-9511. Helping clients who have had loved ones killed in motor vehicle accidents for 18 years. Free consultation.

Motorcycle Accidents

A motorcycle accident attorney? Do you really need a lawyer specifically for motorcycle accidents? If you have been in a motorcycle accident, the answer is yes. And if you’re in Kentucky, your first choice should be Michael Schafer in Louisville, KY.

Bicycle Accidents

A bicycle accident attorney? Do you really need a lawyer specifically for bicycle accidents? If you have been in a bicycle accident, the answer is yes. And if you’re in Kentucky, your first choice should be Mikel Schafer in Louisville, KY.

Pedestrian Accidents

Many different rules and laws apply to pedestrian accident cases. If you are a pedestrian injured in an accident and you worry about who is going to pay your medical bills and lost wages while you are off from work, your first choice should be Michael A. Schafer in Louisville, Kentucky. Put your mind at ease and his 20 years of experience to work for you.

Child Accidents

If your child has been injured or harmed in any situation, The Schafer Law Office can help. Contact us immediately to find out how we can help you, your child and your family.

Dog Bites/Animal Attacks

If you've been bitten by a dog anywhere in Kentucky, you need immediate help. Contact The Schafer Law Office immediately!

Slip and Fall/Premises Liability

If you live or suffered your injury in Kentucky, you’ll find that lawyer right here, in Louisville, KY: Michael A Schafer. Mike has more than 18 years of experience with helping his clients get compensated in slip and fall cases, premises liability cases and a range of other personal injury cases.