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Guidelines For Car Insurance Claims Following An Accident

Jun 13, 2008
Car accidents may be very stressful and it is very easy to get stressed which may cause that you start acting recklessly. In order to avoid any embarrassing situations try to follow the brief outline of the most basic steps in submitting a car insurance claim:

Suppose you were involved in an accident involving only minor damage to your car, and no casualties. First ensure the safety of your passengers and surrounding pedestrians. If necessary, offer medical assistance and utilize the medical kit in your car. Make sure to keep such a kit handy.

Perpetrators of car accidents often flee the scene of the crime. To protect yourself in such a situation, note down or memorize the license plate of the car which caused the accident. Exchange drivers license numbers with the driver of the other car, if possible.

It is almost always advisable to call the police. A police report may be necessary for an insurance claim. The only exception is when the situation is amicably resolved and involves only a minor accident.

Keep your insurance company's contact information on your person. When you call them, they will need information such as place, date, and number of participants in the accident. Report these as soon as possible.

As previously mentioned, the police must file a report with your insurance company. Establish negotiations among the insurance companies. Do not attempt to drive after an accident unless you absolutely must - stress can take a serious toll on driving ability.

Monitor the status of your insurance claim, but don't be too impatient. Claims can take weeks or even months to resolve. In an unexpected circumstance, do not hesitate to call your insurance broker.

If you follow these steps, your risk can be minimized following a car accident. If there is one lesson you take away, it is to collect all the necessary information from all the relevant parties following an accident.
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