Vehicle Theft Claims
The Federal Bureau of Investigation’s Uniform Crime Report states that a motor vehicle is stolen every 28.8 seconds. The Bureau estimates that in 2010 there were 737,142 motor vehicles thefts and over $4.5 billion lost nationwide as a result. Although statistics show that automobile theft is on the decline, it obviously remains a huge concern. In fact, the Department of Motor Vehicles states that automobile theft is the number one crime in the United States. You may be under the impression that your car is not valuable enough to be targeted for theft, but Toyota Corollas, Ford Explorers, and Honda Accords are among the most commonly stolen vehicles.
Florida is ranked number 3 for states with the highest rate of motor vehicle theft. Unfortunately, this makes it fairly likely that you or someone you know will have their vehicle stolen at some point in time. Of course, you expect your car insurance to protect you if this occurs. However, you may come to find that your insurer is not on your side.
The primary objective of insurance companies is to protect their bottom line. One of the best ways for them to achieve this is to minimize their auto insurance claim settlements. While this may be great for your insurance company, it is a substantial disservice to you. The South Florida car theft claims attorneys at DRG Firm are here to insure you against your insurer. We can assist you with your denied or undervalued claim involving:
- Car theft
- Theft, damage, or loss of use of specifically insured items
- Stolen/stripped parts
- Recovered damaged vehicles
Our Broward County attorneys are experienced in handling vehicle theft claims. They know the law and the tricks insurance companies use to try and circumvent it. That is why our personal injury lawyers can help ensure you get the maximum recovery owed to you under your policy.
There are steps you can take to protect yourself from auto break-ins and theft. Make sure that you never leave your unattended vehicle running when you go into a store or other establishment- even if you will only be gone a moment. Make it a common practice to keep your car locked, and to make sure any valuables that are in it are kept out of sight. Whenever possible park in a well-lit area, and don’t keep spare keys in your vehicle. You may also want to consider purchasing an anti-theft device. Many anti-theft devices are affordable and Florida requires insurance providers to offer discounts for using them.
If your car is stolen, remember that it is unlikely your insurance company will offer you the full value you are entitled to initially. It is important to note what kind of insurance coverage you have regarding theft. Some policies cover solely the depreciated value of a vehicle and not the cost of replacing it. Our Miami auto theft claims attorneys can go through your policy with you and determine exactly what your coverage provides. We will fight to recover all of the money available to you for your auto insurance claim.
Having your vehicle stolen is stressful and it comes with unexpected hassles and costs. You will have to deal with the police and find a rental vehicle, and may have to take time from work and face insurance premium increases. Our Fort Lauderdale theft claims lawyers can take some of the pressure off of you and deal with your insurance company for you. Client satisfaction is our priority and we will do our best to get you a fair and satisfactory outcome.
If you have been the victim of vehicle theft, let DRG Firm help you. We are available to assist you 24 hours a day and can be reached at (888) 413-8353. An initial consultation is free, and we work on a contingency fee which means there is no cost to you unless you recover.