When you have been involved in a car accident, you may wonder if you can repair your own car. In fact, the question, “can I repair my own car after an accident,” is often posed to the top injury attorneys in Los Angeles at The Barnes Firm.
The answer, according to Attorney John Sheehan is, “Yes, you have the freedom to make your own car repairs, BUT it is best to have your vehicle repaired by a certified repair shop.” Following an accident, especially one in which you were not at fault, you may face injuries, medical expenses, lost wages, as well as much needed car repairs. In many cases, it seems as though repairing your own vehicle could save you money in light of mounting expenses.
The truth is your repair costs should be covered by the insurance policy of the at-fault driver, which means your best bet is discussing the options available to you with an experienced accident attorney before making any repairs on your own. The Barnes Firm attorneys have helped numerous car accident victims recover the compensation needed for these and other costs following an accident, and here they share their expertise regarding repairing your own car following your accident.
Repairing Your Car with Insurance Funds
As mentioned, you can repair your own car with insurance funds, but keep in mind the type of insurance coverage – comprehensive or collision – will affect the amount of the payout. While you can make arrangements for the repairs before you have the money in hand, The Barnes Firm Attorneys generally recommend filing the claim and receiving the funds before beginning the repairs.
Keep in mind that every car accident case is unique, so it is always best to set up an initial consultation with a trusted, experience attorney first.
Are You a Professional Mechanic?
If you are a professional mechanic or know one, you can get an estimate of the costs to repair your vehicle to get started. It will qualify as a professional opinion as you file your accident case with your attorney.
The issue arises when you don’t file with the insurance company first and then you start the repairs or have an estimate lower than a third party car repair company, you’ll be stuck with the initial lower estimate for the payout. It is always in your best interest to file with the insurance company first and assess damages later, even if you are a professional or closely connected with one.
Consider the Costs
When you are in an accident, the priority is to get back to normal, which in many cases means getting your car repaired quickly. Keep in mind accident law and compensation can be challenging, making it always better to contact a well-qualified legal team with expertise in accident and personal injury law and seek the guidance you need to ensure you get the compensation you deserve.
Contact the Experienced Personal Injury Attorneys at The Barnes Firm
If you have any questions regarding your accident and getting your vehicle repaired quickly, call on the expert personal injury attorneys at The Barnes Firm. The experienced professional attorneys are standing by to guide you, protect your rights, and help you get the compensation you deserve for your injuries and/or damages.
Call today for help 24/7 at (800) 800-0000.