Recovering costs without using insurance - Car crashes
In some limited situations, it may be appropriate to try and recover the repair costs directly from the other driver (or their insurer), without making a claim on your own insurance policy. If you think you are partly at fault, it may be possible to negotiate the amount each driver has to pay.
If you are thinking of taking this option, it is still important to let your insurer know that you have been involved in a crash as soon as possible after the accident.
If you don't tell your insurer about the crash and try to take action against the other driver yourself, you may find it hard to make a claim on your policy if you change your mind. If you have interfered or prejudiced the insurer's ability to take action against the other driver, it may reduce or reject your claim.
Seek legal advice if you wish to demand payment without using your insurer.
Sending a letter of demand
You can try to recover the cost of repairs from the other driver for the damage to your car. To do this, send the driver or their insurance company a letter of demand, asking them to pay for the cost of repairs, towing and storage.
You should get legal advice about who is at fault before finalising the total amount of your claim and sending a letter of demand.
Reaching an agreement
It is best to try and reach an agreement without going to court.
If you reach an agreement with the other driver you may be asked to sign a settlement agreement. This document releases the other driver from further responsibility in relation to the property damage. You should get legal advice before signing a settlement agreement.
If the other driver refuses:
Always get legal advice before starting court proceedings.
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