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    Californians love their cars. Driving is essential in Upland, Ontario, La Verne, Montclair, Pomona, Rancho Cucamonga, Fontana, Bloomington and the surrounding areas of Southern California. In this area, we lack the kinds of public transportation that enables people living in large cities to get by without a car. Many people, probably even you, need a car to commute to work, pick up your kids from school or go to the grocery store.

    Chances are, if you have been in car accident or motorcycle accident, your precious mode of transportation is either in a repair shop or on its way to the junkyard. If your vehicle was damaged in an accident, your are entitled to compensation not just for the vehicle property damage but also for the damage to your personal property within the vehicle. Of course your ability to receive compensation for property damage is not limited to motor vehicle accidents. In all but a few circumstances, if your personal property has been damaged in an accident caused by the negligence of an individual, corporation or governmental agency, you have the right to seek compensation from the responsible party. Typically, you will file a claim for property damage along with your personal injury claim but, a property damage claim may be made even if you have not suffered any personal injury.

    When your vehicle or other personal property is damaged in an accident due to the negligence of another, the insurance company for the responsible party will send a highly trained insurance adjuster to inspect your vehicle or other property. The insurance company adjuster will attempt to justify reducing or denying your claim. They often come with prepared form agreements where they will simply fill in the amount that they believe you are entitled to receive. They have a slick way of explaining that your car isn’t really worth much and so the best deal that they can give you is the arbitrary number that they came up with during the 15 minute inspection of your car. They then will present you with an agreement and tell you to sign it so that the insurance company can send you check. However, you should treat any agreement from the insurance company with a great deal of skepticism.

    “Never sign any agreement with the insurance company before calling one of the property damage and personal injury lawyers from the Attorney Injury Network. You may sign away your right to be compensated in the true amount you deserve.”

    Insurance companies use a lot of sleazy tactics to get you to settle for less than you deserve or even deny your claim. On your own, you have no one effectively protecting your rights or standing up against the insurance company for you. The personal injury lawyers at the Attorney Injury Network are experts in maximizing your property damage claim. The insurance companies know our reputation for never settling for less than the full value of our clients’ property damage claims. Without our representation, or that or another property damage expert, you are vulnerable to all of the insurance company’s antics.

    Call us before you sign anything from the insurance company. We are happy to review most insurance company documents for free. We can provide valuable guidance and information that may improve your position with the insurance company and maximize your claim amount. Even if you are not sure if you have a case, call 1-800-935-8511 today for your free consultation. It is free. No obligation. Just answers.

    The Rental Car Trick

    Your car maybe in the repair shop or it may have been totalled in an accident as the result of someone else’s negligence. Your insurance company is no different than any other insurance company, it is all about the money. Insurance companies will often use the ol’ rental car trick which is limiting you to $20-$25 per day for a rental car allowance. This is fine if your car was a subcompact that you only use to commute but what if your car was a full-sized SUV that you need to transport your kids school or a van that you need for your business? The answer is that you may be entitled to the fair rental value of the damaged vehicle. If that is the case, you would not be required to accept a rental car allowance that is anything less than the fair rental value or an amount that is sufficient to rent a comparable vehicle.

    “In many cases, you are entitled to receive a rental car allowance that will cover the rental amount of the vehicle damaged in the accident.”

    It may be difficult for you to determine if you can demand a higher rental car allowance. If you are unsure how much of rental car allowance you are entitled to, the property damage and personal injury attorneys at the Attorney Injury Network will review your insurance documents and provide you with a free case analysis.

    If you have been involved in an accident and have questions about your insurance or your accident injury claim, call the Attorney Injury Network. There is no obligation. Just plain English answers. 1-800-935-8511.

    The Car Storage Trap

    After an accident, your car may be towed to the tow company’s storage lot. Storage fees for wrecked vehicles can range from $35 to over $100 per day. Often storage fees are not covered by insurance companies or, if they are covered, there is usually a limit on either the length of storage or on the total amount of storage fees that they will cover. Anything over and above the insurance coverage will be your responsibility so, it is usually best to arrange to remove the vehicle as soon as possible.

    If you have been involved in a serious accident, you should contact one of the personal injury and property damage attorneys from the Attorney Injury Network right away. Your car is prime piece of evidence in your case and it will need to be preserved as evidence. Hiring the Attorney Injury Network to handle your personal injury and property damage claim get you a team of the best personal injury experts on your side. We can arrange for appropriate storage of your vehicle, assist you with rental car problems and protect your rights while negotiating the largest possible settlement that you are entitled to receive.

    Call the property damage recovery experts at the Attorney Injury Network today for a free consultation at 1-800-935-8511.

    Negotiating for a Totalled Car

    If the cost to repair your vehicle exceeds the value of the vehicle itself, the insurance company will declare it “totalled” or a “total loss.” The insurance company will then pay you what they determine to be the “fair market value” of the vehicle. It will probably come as no surprise that the insurance company’s definition of “fair market value” and what you believe your vehicle to be worth is often far apart. However, you do not need to accept the insurance company’s valuation of the vehicle.

    However, you have the right to a fair settlement. That means you can seek the money you will need to buy a similar car, or a car of the same or similar model and the same year and condition as the damaged vehicle. In a perfect world, you would have kept accurate records of any past maintenance and repairs, which can be an influential factor in determining the actual value for your car.

    If you are unable to come to terms with your insurance company, you will probably need to hire an independent appraiser to work with the insurance company’s appraiser to determine an appropriate and fair settlement amount. If you still can’t agree on a fair value for your totaled vehicle, you may have the right to arbitrate your claim with an independent arbitrator.

    If, however, you accept a settlement amount from the insurance company, at any point, you should immediately attempt to find a similar car using the settlement amount. If you cannot find a comparable vehicle within 35 days of your settlement, you will need to demand a written notice of what’s required of you to reopen your claim.

    Our experienced personal injury attorneys can help you to negotiate a fair price for your totaled car and we will handle all of the red tape as a part of your personal injury claim.

    Call the property damage recovery experts at the Attorney Injury Network today for a free consultation at 1-800-935-8511.

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