If you were involved in a car accident and had your car towed to the tow yard, it is very important that you get the car out as soon as possible if you are financially able to. In California, you have a duty to mitigate your damages to the extent that you are able to. This means that if you have collision coverage under your car insurance policy, it would be a good idea to call your car insurance company and tell them that your car is in the tow yard and it needs to be removed immediately.
The tow yard does not care if the car accident was your fault or not. Nor do they care if you have money or not to pay for the towing and storage. The tow yard wants to get paid for the amount of time that your car was in their yard for storage. Storage for your car each night will cost between $100 to $200 in many situations and the costs add up quickly. For example, if your car was in the tow yard for 5 days, the storage bill will cost anywhere between $500 and $1,000, and that is without including how much it was to tow the car there.
If you were not at fault for the collision, the other party is responsible for your car’s storage bill, but only for a reasonable amount of time, which means that if you are able to mitigate damages either through your own insurance company or by paying for the bill yourself, you must mitigate your damages, or you are responsible for the excess.
While it is possible to handle this on your own, we highly recommend that you talk to an experienced personal injury attorney before handling your own property damage claim. When you call the insurance company, they will try to diminish the value of your claim or destroy your claim altogether when you speak to them.
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By: West Covina car accident lawyer, Lem Garcia