If you have been involved in an auto accident, then you should not limit your recovery to your injury damages. The liable party ought to compensate you for all losses stemming from the accident, including those related to damages to your properties. Below are some of the property-related losses you should remember to include. For more help, contact an auto accident attorney.
Repair or Replacement of the Car
Car repair costs are likely to form the biggest part of your property damages. This is especially true if the car is seriously damaged, relatively new, or is a luxury car. Note that you will need to document and keep the receipts of all the repair costs to prove your claim. If the car is written off, then the defendant has to compensate you with a comparable car.
Cost of Car Upgrades
If you had upgraded your car, then you should be compensated for the upgrades too, and not just for the stock version of the car. Some car upgrades can cost considerable money; some are even more expensive than some cars. Examples of expensive upgrades include carbon fiber plating, wheels made from expensive metals (such as diamond), and liquid metal paint, among others. Therefore, if someone damages your upgraded race car, include the cost of the upgrades (parts and labor) in your claim.
In many cases, cars involved in auto accidents have to be towed to storage places or to auto mechanic shops. In some cases, even towing is not possible, and the damaged cars have to be carried or shipped. In such cases, the person liable for the crash should compensate you for the applicable transport costs. Towing or shipping charges are usually proportional to the distance covered, so the further your car is taken, the higher the damages will be.
Car Rental Charges
If you don't have another car, then it makes sense that you may have to rent a car while the damaged one is undergoing repairs. The longer the repairs take, the more rental costs you will have to pay. Fortunately, this is another cost that you can include as part of your damages.
Repair or Replacement of Personal Belongings
Your car may not be the only property damaged in the accident. The laptop that was in your car, the groceries you were carrying, your phone, plus any personal belonging that was in the car can also get damaged. As long as you can prove the damages, you deserve compensation for the repair or replacement of the properties.