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Time limits for reporting vehicle accidents

Whether or not they are at fault, Michigan residents who are involved in a motor vehicle accident should be aware of what steps they should take afterwards and how soon they should take them. It is particularly important that they are aware of the statute of limitations for filing a lawsuit.

There may be situations where individuals may not want to report an accident, such as incidents in which an estimated repair cost may be equal to or less than the deductible. Individuals may also want to avoid having their insurance company increase their rates, especially there is a record of previous claims.

Individuals should remember that they can be held liable for damage that they cause to another person's property, if at fault. In these cases, they should contact their insurance company. They may also want to consider speaking with their insurance company even if they were not at fault and submit a third-party claim to the insurance company of the other driver.

People involved in motor vehicle accidents should report the accident as soon as they are able, from the scene of the accident, if necessary. For those who are in a single-vehicle accident and are unsure if they should notify their insurance company, they should review their policy and come to a decision once they are at home. Several insurance companies require that claims are made with a certain time frame after the accident.

Car accidents can cause catastrophic personal injuries, of course, in addition to property damage. People who have been harmed in a collision caused by the negligence of another motorist might want to have an attorney handle settlement negotiations with the at-fault driver's insurance company. If the offer is inadequate, a lawsuit might be in order.

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