How do arbitration decisions affect a finding of fault?

UPDATED: Aug 13, 2012

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How do arbitration decisions affect a finding of fault?

I was involved in a car accident. Both insurance companies said the other was at fault. AAA, other insurance, filed for an arbitration. I didn’t have collision coverage, so my company only defended their liability and did counter for damages. The arbitration decision said that AAA did not prove I was at fault. I contacted AAA about claiming damages which I paid for, they say that the arbitration decision does not say they are at fault. It just says that they couldn’t prove I was. So when I take the driver to small claims, does the Arbitration decision do me any good?

Asked on August 13, 2012 under Accident Law, California


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Answered 10 years ago | Contributor

Under the laws of all states in this country, until the arbitration is reduced to a judgment in a state court it would have no binding effect with respect to the small claims court matter that you have written about with respect to the driver of the other vehicle. From what you have writen, the arbitration award presently in effect seemingly would have no effect on any findings of fault at this time.

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