What You Need to Know About Filing Your Auto Insurance Claim

What Happens After a Car Accident?
Almost everyone has to go through the deal of being in a car accident at some point in their driving careers. Whether it’s a minor or major accident, you could very well have to deal with filing an auto insurance claim. I know from personal experience that it can be a difficult process, especially after you’ve already dealt with the stress of being in a car accident. Fortunately, I can provide you with a little insight into the situation. Check out some of these tips in dealing with the aftermath of a car accident.

What You Should Know About Filing Your Auto Insurance Claim

Hopefully before you ever get into an auto accident you’re very familiar with insurance policy. If you’re not, read it right now! Make sure you understand everything and talk to an agent if you don’t.
After you’ve been in an accident, the first thing to do is make sure everyone involved is OK. If anyone is injured, call an ambulance immediately. Remember that you may not even notice some injuries at first, things like neck pain usually pop up later.
Possibly the most important factor in filing your insurance claim is making sure you have the personal information of the other parties involved in the accident. You need information such as their names, license plates, insurance providers, phone numbers, etc and should provide them with the same information about yourself.
In the case of most major accidents, a bystander or witness will volunteer to talk the police and explain what happened from an impartial view. You’ll want to make sure you get their contact information should your insurance company wish to speak to them.
Typically a police officer will come to the scene of the accident to file a police report on the accident. They are not there to determine who was at fault in the accident, but their report may be used by the insurance companies.
Finally, you should notify your insurance company of the accident. From here the insurance companies will decide who will be responsible for any injuries or vehicle repairs.

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