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Wait! Don't forget about these car insurance claim tips

Do you worry about being involved in a car accident? Are you concerned that another driver could make a mistake that results in serious injuries to you and damage to your vehicle?

Like most, you do whatever you can to remain safe on the road. This means paying attention to what's going on around you, all with the idea of avoiding a situation that could lead you to a crash.

If you get into a car accident, there's nothing more important than your health. This means that you should receive immediate medical attention, which often begins with calling 911.

Once you receive treatment and better understand your medical outlook, you can then contact your car insurance company (you want to do this as soon as possible).

Before doing so, here are some tips to guide you:

  • Be concise and to the point when talking about your accident, but don't say anything that will make it look like you were responsible for the crash
  • Review your policy from front to back so that you know what to expect from your car insurance company
  • Take notes of all the conversations you have with your agent, adjustors, and anyone else helping with your claim
  • Keep records of all your expenses associated with the accident, such as medical bills
  • Take pictures of the accident scene (if possible) and your injuries
  • Don't hesitate ask to speak with someone else if you aren't getting the help you need

Along with the above, there's one more thing worth mentioning -- you need to be cautious about whom you trust. Even if you have a great relationship with your car insurance agent, you shouldn't assume that he or she is doing whatever is in your best interest. When it comes down to it, the agent will do whatever they can to save their company money.

Making a car insurance claim can be more difficult than it sounds. This is why you need to review your policy, take good notes and understand your legal rights. The knowledge you collect will go a long way in putting you in position to protect yourself throughout the claims process.

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