What If My Friend Wrecked My Car?

April 22, 2024 – Paul Hammack

South Carolina Personal Injury Lawyers | Hammack Law Firm | Call 864-326-3333

If a friend is in an accident and wrecks your car, your liability insurance should cover the costs of injuries to others involved in the accident as part of your bodily injury protection. The property damage portion of your insurance coverage will also compensate the other driver for damage to the car. If you have collision insurance, your own insurer will also repair or replace your car.

It can be confusing and hard to know what to do if your friend wrecked your car. When our personal injury team represents you, we help you understand the ins and outs of auto insurance and how it applies to your property damage case. We also help you deal with your insurance company or your friend’s insurer to ensure your car is restored to its pre-accident condition.

Understand How Your Insurance Can Help

According to South Carolina Department of Insurance (SC DOI) guidelines, all vehicle owners are required to carry liability and uninsured motorist (UM) coverage. Your insurer is also obligated to offer underinsured (UIM) motorist coverage although, you are not required to accept it. These forms of insurance can help resolve your car accident and property damage.

Damage Covered By Liability Insurance

If the driver or occupants of another car or pedestrians were injured in a collision when a friend was driving your car, your liability policy will pay up to $25,000 per person and up to $50,000 per accident for bodily injuries if your friend was at fault for the accident. It will also pay up to $25,000 per accident for property damage. These numbers represent the minimum required coverage.

Damage Covered By Uninsured Motorist Protection

UM coverage is automatically included in your policy and will pay for the damage to your car if your friend caused the accident but was not insured. If another driver caused the accident when your friend was driving, UM coverage will pay for the damage to your car if that driver was not insured.

Damage Covered By Underinsured Motorist Protection

If you have it, UIM coverage will step in if the friend who was driving your car is insured, but the damage exceeds the maximum payouts of his policy.

Damage Covered By Collision Protection

Collision insurance will pay for the damage to your car. It will also cover you if your car is deemed a total loss. The costs of repairs will vary depending on the damage to your car. If it declared a total loss, authoritative guides would help determine its replacement value, according to Insurance Information Institute (III) guidelines.

How Our Law Firm Can Help

When a friend damages your car, it can lead to tense feelings. When we help you navigate the aftermath, we provide an objective point of view while helping you get the repairs you are entitled to. We are intentional about building strong client relationships and making every client we represent whole. At our client-driven law firm, we:

  • Treat you like one of our own
  • Humanize a challenging situation
  • Give your case plenty of attention

We work hard to provide the warmth and support you expect from a small firm while also providing a big firm experience that fights hard for you. Let us handle your case so you can focus on the restoration of your vehicle while we concentrate on the legal and insurance details.

Reviews From Former Car Accident Clients

Every case our team handles deserves individual time and attention. When they talk about our commitment to their fight for compensation, former clients say:

  • “They did a terrific job and exactly 7 months after the incident, all was settled. We are extremely satisfied and thankful for their work…So refreshing to watch pros navigate what could be a stressful and drawn-out process with elegance and efficiency.” – Haro Setian
  • “Definitely one of the best accident attorneys around! Would recommend to anyone facing injuries from the result of an accident…Be sure to contact Paul before contacting the insurance company…Please note my 5-star recommendation.” – Maio Russell
  • “I went to 3 other law firms first and they all told me my case was not worth pursuing. I had a serious incident and went through a lot, so I decided to try 1 more…Paul got me a lot more than I expected…Thank you soooo much for everything.” – Bob

You can read more client recommendations and reviews like these on our website and in our Google reviews. You can also see examples of our recent financial awards on our results page.

Contact Our Car Accident Team Today

If your car was damaged while someone else was driving it, we can help you seek compensation for its repairs or replacement. Learn more about how we could help you resolve your car accident case if a friend wrecked your car. Contact one of our Hammack Law Firm team members by calling (864) 326-3333(864) 326-3333 today.

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