When you drop your car off with a valet service, they usually hand you a ticket that states their terms and conditions. The fine print often absolves them of liability for damage to your vehicle or items that may go missing while it’s in their care. But what happens if a valet crashes your car and damages or steals from it?
Many valet services have their own insurance that covers damage to vehicles they take temporary custody of. However, it’s important to review the policy for specific instructions on how to make a claim and what the coverage limitations are.
It’s also a good idea to ask the valet driver for their name and information about the company they work for, as well as for their insurance information. Getting this information will help to build your case should you need to file an insurance claim. It’s also helpful to get a copy of the police report, if possible.
If you do decide to file an insurance claim, it’s recommended to hire a personal injury attorney to assist with the process. An experienced attorney can negotiate with the valet service’s insurer to get you the best settlement.
If the valet’s insurance company won’t work with you, it may be necessary to file a lawsuit against them. Contact our office today for a free consultation with an attorney who is ready to jump into your case and fight for you to receive the compensation that you deserve.