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Can I Be Double Charged for Insurance?

Written by Michele Wilmonen. Posted in Ask An Insurance Question Last Updated: 10/31/2015

Being double charged for insurance happens more often than you may think.

Q: I was with an insurance company and they told me that they were cancelling my policy so I switched to another company. The 1st company actually never canceled my policy. Should the 2nd company owe me a refund since I was Double insured?

A: Actually, your first company owes you the refund because they never cancelled your insurance policy. Contact them as soon as possible and advise them that you have had insurance coverage with another company as you thought they were cancelling your policy with them.  They will want you to send them a copy of the new policy to verify the date the new policy started, and then they owe you a refund from that date forward as you cannot be double charged for insurance.

How Long Does a Car Accident Affect Your Insurance?

Written by Michele Wilmonen. Posted in Ask An Insurance Question Last Updated: 10/25/2015

A car accident takes a while to jump ship from your car insurance policy.

Q: “So last year in 2014 in August, I was in a really bad car accident (it was my fault) and naturally my insurance went up drastically. (it went from 90$ to 190$) Its been almost a year and a half with my new car and no accident and still my insurance has not gone done. Not even a dollar. My question is how long will it take before my insurance goes down?”

A: Sorry to say, but you still have another year and a half to go. Car accidents stay on car insurance policies for about 3 years, depending on when your renewal falls. Once your 3 years anniversary of your car accident arrives, start talking to your car insurance agent or car insurance company about reviewing your policy.

 

 

My Friend’s Car Insurance

Written by Michele Wilmonen. Posted in Ask An Insurance Question Last Updated: 10/19/2015

Does my friend’s car insurance cover an accident or does mine, if I am driving his car?

Question: I got into a car accident when I was driving my friend’s car, will the accident be paid for under my insurance or my friend’s car insurance?

Answer: Insurance coverage always follows the car and not the driver. So your friend’s car insurance will be picking up the tab for this car accident as you were driving his car. This also means that most likely his car insurance premium will also be going up thanks to you.

Which is a good reason NOT to let other people drive your vehicle.

Medical Expenses After Hitting a Deer

Written by Michele Wilmonen. Posted in Ask An Insurance Question Last Updated: 10/01/2015

Medical expenses work differently if they come from your own car insurance policy.

Question: I was hurt when I hit a deer, is there compensation available besides just medical? Pain and suffering from Traumatic Rotator Cuff Tear?

Answer: Pain and suffering payments are made to someone to compensate for the negligence of the other person because of the life interruption and pain they caused. This type of payment is never made to you from your own insurance policy because you cannot compensate yourself for your own negligence.

So in this case, the only payments that would be made under your medical expenses would be to pay for your medical payments.

How Much Will My Car Insurance Go Up After An Accident?

Written by Michele Wilmonen. Posted in Ask An Insurance Question Last Updated: 10/03/2015

No one can tell you how much or even if an accident will make your car insurance go up.

Because we get this question at least once a week, it deserves it’s own post. Now this is not to say that this is a bad question, it is a very valid question and one that can cause a lot of anxiety. Unfortunately, this is the only answer that we can offer:

We don’t know if or how much your car insurance will go up after an accident!

Car insurance rates are based on so many different factors that two people could get into similar car accidents and one have their car insurance rates go up and the other not. This is because there could be other tickets, the place where they live has a different rating, the type of car they have is different, as well as many other things. So the addition of a new car accident is not the only rating factor that is looked at when it comes time for your car insurance to renew. This also means that not even your car insurance agent, your underwriter or customer service agent at your insurance company can tell you either.

 

 

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