How to Deal with Insurance Adjusters (After a Motorcycle Accident)

Quick Summary of How to Deal with Insurance Adjusters:

  1. Find Out which Insurance Company the Adjuster Represents.
  2. If they are from your own Insurance Company, you have a Duty to Cooperate with them.
  3. If they Represent the other Party’s Insurance Company, be Careful –
  4. Do Not Speak to other Adjuster Directly. Have a Friend or Lawyer Speak to them.
  5. Do Not give the Other Side a Recorded Statement.
  6. Do Not Sign any Documents from the Other Insurance Adjuster.
  7. Do Not Settle Your Claim too Quickly.
  8. Consult with an Experienced Personal Injury Lawyer to Protect Your Rights.

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  1. I have an car accident and my insurance said that they were going to pay my debt with the bank and I have to pay 600 and they arr not going to pay the interest the that I paid for my car what should I do?

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    • Hello, Rogelio. You can call me at my office at 813-222-2222 and I would be happy to answer any questions you have. Thanks. – Matt

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      • My father hit something as he was driving on a highway, he does not know what it was he says that he thought it was an animal that jumped out, the right side of the car is crashed and now is going through process wether the insurance will decide between total loss or if repairs will be done. I believe the insurance did it total loss and so he will lose the car. He is currently paying it and only needed 6,000 to finish paying for the car. Can anything be done?

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        • If you father wants to keep the car, he can make a deal with the insurance company where they will reduce the payment for the total loss, but the amount of scrap value. Then he can fix the car and keep driving it, but he runs the risk of the car not being fixed properly. And when he tries to sell the car, it might be very hard, they may want to put on the title that the car was totaled, thus making it harder to get a clean title and tags.
          My suggestion is for him to talk to the insurance company and push hard for the repairs, and ask them not to total the car.

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  2. Great post! A victim should not be cheated out of what they deserve. This is why I feel it’s so critical to have an experienced attorney to help you so that you are not cheated. Thanks for sharing your ideas!

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  3. This isn’t an injury case but, the insurance company refuses to pay 100% of my claim. They are offering 80% saying 20% was my fault because I didnt see the other car coming. Police report states it was the other persons fault and even a letter from the ins company is stating that their client failed to yield at a intersection but, still refusing to pay full cost. What would be our next step?

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    • I would need to know more about the facts, and what damages they are not paying you. Please contact an attorney in your area to discuss the details and get some good local advice.

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  4. HiI known that my lawyer did not representative of my case was not in my best interest. First hegave5 yrs of my medical record and he wants me to signed a release put my healthcare at risk. I am not pleased with this settlement. After paying my medical bills the lawyer and I get equal amount $1100

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  5. My daughter had an accident 8/9/18 an electronic commercial truck cross her path my daughter tryed to stop. The police had to come the commercial truck was at fault. I got a claim #. I went for police report myself. Email everthing to liberty mutual. And still nothing has been done.

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    • I would suggest you hire an attorney quickly. As time goes by evidence and witnesses start to disappear. Don’t count on the insurance company to guide you or your daughter in this situation. I hope your daughter is okay and you are able to resolve the claim without an attorney, but time is not on your side. Good Luck. Matt

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  6. I like how you said that our insurance company needs to know what happened and how bad it was to make an adjustment. I am going to my insurer to file a claim. Thanks for the tips on how to deal with insurance adjusting.

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  7. hi my fiancé was rear ended in an accident and the insurance company is denying his claim and we are out of a vehicle at the moment, he was not hurt too badly didn’t even go to the hospital, but I don’t know how to deal with this, and we cannot afford an attorney

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    • Sadly, I don’t know of any attorney who would be able to help you with just the property damage claim. The reason attorney’s don’t want to take that sort of claim, is at the end, their fee will reduce what you are paid for your car. However, if you bring an injury claim, the property damage can be included in the claim, and in the end, it makes good financial sense for you and the attorney.

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  8. I 3ad in an accident, the day after i changed my policy and now the adjuster is playing games. I havr done everything he asked of me. And still wants more. I received minor injuries but didnt go to the doctor yrt, because of him and yhe towing company is threatening me and he wont fo nothing
    I REALLY NEED SOME HELP

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    • The bad part of a crash is that you have to get your car away from the tow company quickly before you run up huge storage fees. I have seen cases where the fees exceeded the value of the car, and as a result, the towing company will auction off the car to get their lien paid. So, move quickly and get your car to a place that won’t charge you storage. And you must go to a doctor to prove your injuries if you want to make an injury claim. No documentation = no injury.

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  9. I was injured in 2016 by an 18 year old. It totaled my car but he swore he was going 20 miles an hour. I had whip lash, contusions on my knee and thigh. Didn’t know the extent of the injures until the next day. I did go to the emergency room the day of. I had arthritis in my back but it was not bothering me until the accident. Now, the things that I use to do because of the pain has stopped me from doing things that I use to do. The insurance company only offered 6000.00. The attorney I had dismissed herself from the case because I would not accept the offer. Now, I have another and it’s at the point of her filing a complaint with the owner of the car. The young man is now in college. I am tired of waiting. What can I do?

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    • Encourage your attorney to file the suit against the at fault driver. The sooner you take a bold step, the quicker your case will be resolved. Good luck and I hope you get your health back.

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  10. ILEASED A 2018 VOLKSWAGON PASSAT TWO DAYS BEFORE THE ACCIDENT THAT MY WIFE WAS INVOLVED IN. A WOMAN DRIVING A BEAT UP 2006 JEEP SLAMMED ON HER BRAKED IN FRONT OF MY WIFE. NO WAY MY WIFE COULD OF PREVENTED HER FROM NOT HITTING HER CAR. 2 POLICEMAN WERE ON THE SCENE OF THE ACCIDENT, NO ONE WAS HURT AND EVERYONES LICENSE AND INSURANCE CHECKEDD OUT ON THE POLICEMANS COMPUTER. THE WOMAN DRIVIG THE BIG JEEP THAT MY WIFE HIT HAD MINIMAL DAMADGE. MY WIFE TALKIG TO THE WOMAN OF THE CAR SHE HIT WAS TOLD BY MY WIFE THAT ALL SHE NEEDED A LITTLE PIPE TO STRAIGHTEN OUT HER FENDER. THE LADY COMMENTED AND SAID OH NO , I AM GOING TO GET ALL THE DENTS OUT OF THE CAR AND HAVE IT FULLY REPAINTED.ZA FEW DAYS LATER THE ADJUSTER CAME OUT TO MY HOUSE TO CHECK THE DAMADGES. DAMADGE AMOUNT WAS 4,849.96. I ASKED THE ADJUSTER IF I COULD BRING IT TO MY BODY SHOP TO GET MY CAR FIXED. HE SAID YES AND THAT HE KNEW THE BODY SHOP THAT I USE. I THOUGHT THAT EVERYTHING WAS OKAY. ABOUT A WEEK LATER I GET A CALL FROM MY INSURANCE COMPANY TELLING ME THAT I HAD NO INSURANCE. I SAID WHAT DO YOU MEAN I HAVE THE INVOICE IN FRONT OF ME STATING THAT I HAVE INSURANCE UNTIL 08/03/2018 AND THE AUTO ACCIDENT WAS 07/26/2018. THE INSURANCE COMPANY TOLD ME THAT THEY WEREN’T PAYINGFOR THE AUTO DAMADGES. SO HERE I AM THE BODY SHOP THAT I KNEW FOR OVER 12 YEARS, ALREADY FIXED MY CAR. AND I KNOWING THEM OVER 12 YEARS, REFUSED TO GIVE ME THE CAR UNTIL THEY GET PAID. I NEVER BEEN IN A JAM ,LIKE THIS IN MY WHOLE LIFE. . A COUPLE OF PEOPLE TOLD ME TO CANGE INSURANCE COMPANIES, BECAUSE THE COMPANY I HAD WAS A BAD COMPANY. SO I WENT TO PROGRESSIVE SO THE INSURANCE WOULDN.T LAPSE.. I HOPE YOU CAND DO SOMETHING.IT IS A BRAND NEW CAR. IT ONLY HAS UNDER 200 MILES ON IT. AND I LOST MY JOB BECAUSE I DON’T HAVE A CAR.

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    • Hire an attorney and file suit against your own insurance company to prove you did have insurance. If you win, they have to pay your attorney fees in Florida. Good luck. Matt

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  11. I had an accident last November — just property damage, no injuries. My adjuster has been the person communicating with the other party’s adjuster. He said the other insurance company wanted to settle 80/20 (my fault/her fault) and that he agreed that that was fair — the accident was not my fault. It does not appear that my adjuster is doing anything to protect my insurance company (his employer) from loss. Whenever I talk to my adjuster, he is evasive and does not ever want to communicate via e-mail. After 8 months and seeing that nothing was getting settled, I met with the other party. When she and I compared notes, we determined that each of us was being told lies about the status of our claims. For example, in March I was told that she was looking for a lawyer — my adjuster said that by law the insurance companies were no longer allowed to negotiate a settlement once a party started talking about getting a lawyer, so negotiations were further delayed. However, she said she never even entertained getting a lawyer and that one or both of the adjusters are lying. In fact, she said her adjuster told her that I had a lawyer and was suing her — this also is not true. Further, the adjuster told her I had full coverage and that my car had been repaired in January — I did not have full coverage and my car has been totally disabled and parked since the day of the accident (9.5 months ago). After our meeting, she called her adjuster and told him the accident was 80 percent her fault, the other insurance company then changed their offer to 30/70 (my fault/her fault). However, they low-balled me on the value of my vehicle and offered me absolutely nothing for the loss of the use of my car for the previous 9.5 months. My insurance adjuster said he thought this was a great deal and encouraged me to take the offer. When I objected to them undervaluing my car, my adjuster defended the other adjuster, showing me pictures of two like vehicles available for very low prices and TELLING ME THAT TWO LIKE VEHICLES WAS ALL HE COULD FIND — he even went to far as to tell me that he would never have valued my car as high as the other adjuster. That evening after work I went online and in ten minutes found ten vehicles like mine, all of which were for sale for more than I was offered — with some being valued at 2.5 times as much as the insurance company had valued my car! My adjuster reviewed them, confirmed that they were in fact like vehicles and said he would send this info to the other adjuster. Later that day my adjuster informed me that the other insurance company refused to change their offer.

    So, in short, my vehicle has been disabled for 9.5 months — after 9 months the other insurance company decided my vehicle was totaled. They are totally low-balling me, which I know is not unusual, except that I have researched and shown that like vehicles are valued as much as 2.5 times their offer. For 9.5 months — and counting — I have been without the use of my vehicle and the other party’s insurance adjuster refuses to offer me any compensation for same. And the real kicker is that my insurance adjuster seems to be in bed with the other insurance adjuster. I cannot afford a lawyer, so what is your advice to move this forward. Isn’t them working in cahoots — as appears to be the case — illegal? Insurance fraud? Is it legal for them to lie to us, the insured parties? Can I talk to the other insurance party’s adjuster directly? Of course, I will have a friend with me to act as my mouthpiece.

    Any expert advice, except get a lawyer, will be appreciated. Thank you.

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    • Hi Dustin,

      You have a good handle on the problem, and the only solution except paying an attorney would be for your to file suit yourself. Yes, I think in this situation, you need to file suit against the at fault driver and vehicle owner, and also sue your own insurance company in the same case. It will take a lot of time and work for you to figure out how to draft the complaint, prepare the summons, get the case filed, serve the complaint, and do discovery. Because that is what a lawyer would be doing if you hired one.

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  12. I just got into a car accident two days ago, and this caused tremendous damage to both of my arms. I’m glad you shared this because it’s surprising to learn that some of the insurance adjusters will obtain my release form without me knowing it and will use this in court. Therefore, I’m planning to hire an auto accident lawyer so someone can help with my insurance claims.

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  13. hi.my car was hit parked on the street by someone at night 2 days ago and i did not noticed anything till the next morning so i file a claim yesterday with my insurance company and they told me they will investigate the case and find out about the other parties insurance so they can fix my car but i don’t really know how to deal with them.
    what do you recommend to do.
    thank you in advance

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  14. Hi, I let my daughter drive my car and was brake checked while changing lanes. She hit the back passenger and my car has right front damage.
    After two weeks The adjuster said he had everything he needed he would finish the claim the following day. He explained the process of the car being picked up by them look at damage.
    He was more concerned about the other party but I didn’t have any information cause the cops didn’t give me any.
    This week he said he isn’t going to pay my damage but only the other car damage because her license was suspended. I don’t understand why me as the client isn’t being taken care of but the other party is. I pay my monthly payment I pay to be covered.

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