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Claims - FAQ

Frequently asked questions:

 

Do you have 24/7 new claims reporting service?

Yes. You can report a new claim at any time.

Why do I have to pay my deductible if I'm not at fault for an accident?

Your deductible has nothing to do with fault. A deductible is paid regardless of fault. It is equivalent to self-insurance up to the amount of the deductible that you request on your application for insurance.

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Can I choose an auto body shop of my choice?

Yes. We will do our best to work with any shop you choose to repair your vehicle.

When is an appraiser going to inspect my vehicle?

Our Material Damage Department is normally able to inspect a vehicle within 48 hours of confirming its location.

When can I expect to have my deductible returned if I have been found not at fault for an accident?

There is no easy answer to this question. As an insurance carrier we have no legal right to request your deductible from the party with whom you were involved or their insurer. We do so as a courtesy to you in the hopes that the other insurer, if it is identified, will cooperate with us and return your deductible through this office to you.

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Why can't you pay me now under my Uninsured Motorist Collision Deductible Waiver or Uninsured Motorist Property Damage Coverage?

That coverage has certain conditions. The other party must be legally liable (negligent) in the accident and the other party who is legally liable must be the owner or operator of an uninsured vehicle used in that accident. Only then are we able to make payment under that coverage.

Why should I go through my insurance company for damage to my vehicle when the accident was the other party's fault?

This is simply your choice. You have purchased certain coverages from us and you may utilize those coverages at your discretion. You have every right to pursue the at fault party through their insurance company.

Wawanesa is a San Diego based company. How can you possibly handle my claim from that distance?

Wawanesa already handles Oregon claims efficiently. We are able to do that by using the best professionals in the insurance business in Oregon. These professionals are investigators, appraisers, rental agencies, lawyers for the defense and the like. Information is faxed and/or transmitted electronically to us the moment the job is done. This includes the appraisal of your vehicle. You can be assured you will receive our best in customer service.

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What do I do if the damage appraisal is less than the amount required by the auto body shop?

Simply have the shop contact the appraiser who inspected your vehicle and that appraiser will make arrangements to either reinspect your vehicle or deal with the shop over the phone to reach an agreed price to have your vehicle satisfactorily repaired.

Can you as my insurance company demand the responsible party's company or that party pay me for my damage?

This is an often asked question. As an insurance company, we are here to pay for your covered loss. We do not have the legal ability to demand that anyone pay for your damages. The only parties that have that ability are yourself or your attorney.

What is my recourse if I am found at fault for an accident and I disagree?

You may request reconsideration of our liability determination and we will answer that request within 30 days. Your contract allows us to settle or defend as we deem appropriate any claim made against you.

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I had an accident that was my fault. Will my premiums increase?

Please contact our Customer Service Department or our Underwriting Department who will assist you with this inquiry.

Does my coverage include the cost of a defense attorney if I am sued or do I have to pay my defense attorney myself?

If you are sued and your Automobile Policy provides you coverage for the loss, your defense is fully paid for by Wawanesa.

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