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Key Insurance Rules in Personal Injury Cases

Are you covered?
You, your family members, friends, and associates are all covered by insurance benefits. Even if the insurance is in your name, you don't need permission for coverage to continue if someone else uses your car. As long as you allowed the driver to take your car, he or she is covered. If you are in an accident, the auto insurance always covers you.

Are the damages covered?

If you have comprehensive coverage, almost all possible scenarios are covered. Say your car gets stolen and is found with major damages. This would all be covered by your insurance. If you get into an accident, the auto coverage always covers the repairs.

What cars are covered?

Your current car is covered, and if you get a new car, you do have a window where this car is replacing the other car. In other words, if you buy a new car, that car will be covered immediately by most policies. What kind of coverage you get depends on your policy. You may pay more for deductibles, but if you rarely get into accidents this may end up costing you more.

What if you're not driving your car?
This depends on what exactly happened. In personal injury cases, liability can vary depending on the situation. For insurance, if a loved one or friend drives your car, you have the same coverage as before, as long as you allowed them to drive your vehicle.

Are employers liable?
Let's get more into where personal injury claims come in. Say you get hit by a semi truck, where the driver was on a cell phone and ran a red light. The driver's company has some liability issues. You can hold them liable if one of their workers made a mistake. This can be disputed in court, but in most instances the employer can be held responsible. After all, it's common sense: if the driver had been more professional, the accident may not have occurred. If there are some major injuries involved, the legal situation can get more complex.

What liability is held by parents?
Parents can hold some liability too, but not in every situation. Usually, if the parent simply let the child drive with no danger apparent, the liability is not with the parent. On the other hand, if the parent put the child in a dangerous position, such as driving late at night, there may be some liability issues.

Once you understand how insurance issues work, you can save valuable time and protect yourself. If you suffer major injury as a result of an accident, know that you have rights, and get a lawyer to protect them.