Q: Can the liable party of an accident personally close a claim made on them after they are found liable?
I was rear ended and went through the liable parties insurance. After a few weeks, he was found liable and I obtained the incident report which corroborates my story as well as supports my statement that he was, "inattentive." I was texted by the liable party stating that he has closed the claim and wants to send me money directly even after the rental and repair has been scheduled. Is it legal for him to close the claim I made when he was found liable with supporting evidence? I want his insurance provider to handle this entirely and I have stated to them twice that I want to go thru the insurance company NOT the liable party for repairs. He is stating that he wants to money order the estimate amount (which was made with photos and video, not actually professionally inspected) but this does not include any real estimate amounts made by the shop it will be repaired at nor does it include Enterprise rental car fees.
A: You can still submit your damages to his or her insurance company for direct payment. There may be supplemental repairs to your vehicle so it is best to let the insurance company deal with it. Sometimes, these repairs are really costly and some damages are not seen until they begin repairing it. Good luck.
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