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According to the Book of Common Prayer we often leave undone the things we ought to have done. It's a fact of life. In many ways, we are our own worst enemies. Yet, for most everyday purposes, there are no penalties. We do the things we left undone when we have the time. We might never actually catch up with the backlog, but we keep moving forward. Except there are times when the failure produces instant consequences and, no matter how hard we try, it's impossible to go back and put it right. Let's be clear about this. The majority of traffic accidents could be avoided if everyone followed the rules of the road and kept a proper lookout. But we are easily distracted, multitasking when we should focus on the driving. This leaves the insurance companies with a bill and a problem.


In a no-fault state, it does not matter whether the insured driver or the others involved were negligent. The insurance company pays out regardless. But this only applies in twelve states. The remainder rely on the law of tort which order the party at fault to pay compensation to the other. So, if you were not at fault, your insurance company collects the compensation from the other driver and, in theory, suffers no loss. But if the other driver was not insured or underinsured, or you were at fault, your insurer now faces a loss. If this was just down to the math, the insurer would calculate a "fair" premium rate increase and slowly recover the loss. But if the insurer put up the rate every time one of its drivers was at fault, many of those drivers would move to a competing company. So the math has to bend to match social considerations. Sometimes, the insurers have to accept the loss.

In this, we need to distinguish really serious errors of judgement from more everyday inattention. A driver who has an accident because of excess alcohol or drugs will be classified as high risk and the rates will automatically rise. Few people will argue against this. But suppose you open your car door and another vehicle crashes into it. We start with the general rule you should always look before opening your door. Even if you are not on the road, there's still a risk you might hit someone walking past. So if a vehicle hits the door as you are opening it, that looks like your fault. But if the door has been open for a reasonable period of time, other drivers should see the problem and take evasive action. This is always a 50/50 decision for the insurer, but if you hit the other family car as you are leaving your driveway, this is always going to cause more problems. The first factor is that you cannot claim on the liability policy. This only cover liabilities to third parties. Your only hope lies in having collision cover on both vehicles. This form of car insurance pays out for the repair of your own vehicle if damaged in a collision. If it's the same insurer, try negotiating for only one deductible payment, but don't hold out much hope on the premium rate. The next car insurance quote is likely to be higher.

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