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Car insurance claims: Do these things after an accident

There is nothing worse than the thought of being part of a car accident. You know that this can cause serious injury, along with damage to your vehicle.

Since you have a lot going on, it's only natural to want to rush through the process. While you should move forward as quickly as possible, you never want to get ahead of yourself.

When it comes to making a car insurance claim, here are some of the many things you should do after an accident:

  • Call your agent to report the accident (don't delay in doing so)
  • Review your policy in great detail so you know your rights when speaking with your agent
  • Take notes of every conversation you have with your insurance company, including the name of the person and his or her contact information
  • Make note of any other types of insurance policies that may provide coverage, such as umbrella insurance
  • Take pictures of the damage to your vehicle, your injuries, and the accident scene in general
  • Stick to the facts and nothing but the facts
  • Understand that you have a contract with your insurance company and they need to live up to it

It's easy to be intimidated when dealing with a car insurance company. You know what you want, but you feel that you are being pushed around. The best way to overcome this is to equip yourself with knowledge of your policy, as well as your legal rights.

You will have a lot on your plate after a car accident, and it won't be long before you are communicating with your insurance company (and possibly the insurer of the other driver).

When you know your policy like the back of your hand and understand your legal rights with respect to receiving compensation, it's much easier to avoid a situation in which you feel that you were taken advantage of.

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