The idea of finding out someone filed a claim against your car insurance policy without you knowing can be scary. If that ever happened, it could potentially cause an increase in your rates that could last for years, and if the claim were fake, it could take a lot of time and effort to correct.
But filing a car insurance claim requires a lot of information, and filing a fake claim for an accident that didn’t happen is a type of insurance fraud. This means the odds are good nobody will file a claim on your car insurance without you being aware of it, and if someone files a claim on your car insurance, it’s probably because you caused an accident.
Can someone make a claim on my car insurance without me knowing?
No, it is very unlikely that someone will file a claim against your car insurance without you knowing about it.
Generally, if you cause an accident or hit someone’s car, you’ll exchange insurance information at the scene so they can file a claim with your insurance to cover the damage, and you’ll know about every step of the process. But there is one big exception to this rule: if you are at fault in a hit-and-run accident.
So even if you think no one saw, you should never drive away from the scene of an accident without reporting it. And remember that it is possible for someone to get your insurance information from the police after filing a report. They can use that information to file a third party claim against you if they have video or eyewitness evidence that you damaged their car.
But either way, a claim against you won’t be a secret for long — your car insurance company will always notify you that a claim was filed against your policy.
What happens when someone makes a claim on your insurance?
When someone puts in a claim on your insurance, they reach out to your insurance company with your name, policy number, and the details of the accident to begin the process of filing a claim.
If you were at fault in an accident, you shouldn’t be surprised when a claim is filed against you. In fact, you should tell your insurance company that you were in an accident before the other driver or their insurance company reaches out about filing a claim with your insurer.
Once the claim is filed, your insurance company will assign a claims adjuster to your case and begin assessing who was at fault for the accident.
In no-fault states, drivers can file a claim against their own personal injury protection (PIP) coverage for bodily injury claims, but property damage claims will still be filed against the at-fault driver’s property damage liability coverage.
How will I know if a car insurance claim is made against me?
Car insurance companies will always tell you if someone files a claim against you. You will most likely receive a written notice in the mail telling you that a claim has been filed against you and what your next steps should be.
If you are someone who doesn’t check their mail regularly or is afraid they might miss something important, contact your insurance company and find out what other options may be available to you. Some insurance companies may allow you to opt out of paper mail and get email notifications instead.
How to dispute an insurance claim against you
If someone has filed a car insurance claim against you that you don’t agree with, or they’re claiming damage that you don’t think you caused, there are a few steps you need to take to dispute the claim.
Put it in writing: Send a written notice to your insurance company explaining what about the insurance claim is wrong and why you disagree with it. Whether you’re saying the other driver is actually at fault in the accident or telling the insurance company the claim is fraudulent, you always need to put it in writing.
Provide proof: If you were in an accident, send in copies of photos, police reports, and other information that proves your side of the story is correct. If someone is filing a fraudulent claim, you may need to provide receipts, videos, or other information that can prove you were not at the scene of the accident.
Follow the rules: Many insurance companies have a specific process for disputing a claim — make sure you are doing things according to the rules so your dispute isn’t overlooked.