How do I know what my insurance will cover if I'm in an accident?

"I hit another car and left the scene without calling the police. I did go to the police station afterwards, but got a ticket for failure to report and leaving the scene.

Whose insurance will cover the damage? I have liability and the other driver has full coverage."

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Emily Maracle
Answered on Jul 27, 2021
Emily Maracle is a car insurance specialist living in New York. Originally from the Pacific Northwest, she has a degree in English Literature and a background in customer service. She enjoys cooking, gardening, and living sustainably. In the future, she can't wait to upgrade to a hybrid or electric car.
“Whether your insurance or the other driver’s insurance covers the damage depends on who is determined to be at fault.
If you’re at fault, your liability car insurance will cover the other driver’s vehicle or any injuries up to your policy limits. Anything that exceeds your policy limits will have to be paid out of pocket by you.
Since you don’t have collision insurance, you’d also be responsible for fixing the damage on your vehicle.
If it’s determined that the other driver is at fault, their insurance would cover your damage and/or injuries. Their full coverage is only for damage done to their vehicle when they’re at fault.
If you haven’t already done so, you need to let your insurance company know you were in an accident. They can help determine fault and give you more information on coverage.”
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