I totaled my car in a single-car accident. I was charged w/a DUI; can the auto insurer refuse to pay off my lienholder due to the DUI?

UPDATED: Oct 15, 2015

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Jeffrey Johnson is a legal writer with a focus on personal injury. He has worked on personal injury and sovereign immunity litigation in addition to experience in family, estate, and criminal law. He earned a J.D. from the University of Baltimore and has worked in legal offices and non-profits in Maryland, Texas, and North Carolina. He has also earned an MFA in screenwriting from Chapman Univer...

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UPDATED: Oct 15, 2015

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If you have an auto accident and are charged with a DUI, the accident is still covered presuming you have physical damage coverage, or collision coverage on the car that was involved.The policy covers your car for the actual cash value of the car at the time of the loss. This may not be enough to pay off your car loan. However, if the insurance company is refusing to pay anything to the lienholder, that does not seem right. If you have an agent, speak with them to see if there is an exclusion in the policy for refusal to pay if there is a DUI involved in an accident. If there is no such exclusion ask the agent to assist. If you don’t have an agent, ask for a supervisor in the claims department to see if they will explain the refusal to pay anything on the car. If nothing is resolved, you should contact the Dept of Insurance to have them investigate this claim.

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Editorial Guidelines: We are a free online resource for anyone interested in learning more about legal topics and insurance. Our goal is to be an objective, third-party resource for everything legal and insurance related. We update our site regularly, and all content is reviewed by experts.

Jeffrey Johnson is a legal writer with a focus on personal injury. He has worked on personal injury and sovereign immunity litigation in addition to experience in family, estate, and criminal law. He earned a J.D. from the University of Baltimore and has worked in legal offices and non-profits in Maryland, Texas, and North Carolina. He has also earned an MFA in screenwriting from Chapman Univer...

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