First and foremost, we must first understand what an insurance claim is. In this way, we can better appreciate the process as a whole and it simply becomes easy to follow because we already know what to do, step by step, in relation to the process as a whole.
A claim is to ask the insurance company to compensate you for the damages you suffered after a car accident, or to ask the insurance company to represent you or intervene on your behalf when you are responsible damage.
You pay a lot of money for your auto insurance, so it makes sense that if you are involved in an accident, you want to make a claim. Depending on whether the accident is responsible or not, and the type of damage your insurance company will be able to provide you with coverage based on the type of car insurance coverage you own.
Claims can be settled from full coverage, collision coverage or any of the minimum motor insurance requirements sections, such as liability. Claims can also be paid from multiple sections of your policy depending on the circumstances of your car accident.
If you're wondering if your collision claims process will be harder to handle than the accident itself, the good news is that filing a claim is usually pretty straightforward. By following a systematic approach and carefully recording what has happened, you can gather all the information you need. The following guidelines will help you keep the process running smoothly.
ON THE SCENE OF THE ACCIDENT
One of the best ways to speed up the entire claim process is to get off to a good start, and that starts right at the scene of the accident. The more information and evidence you can collect, the better.
Here's what to get:
Personal Data: Try to get basic personal information from everyone on the premises. This includes all other drivers, passengers and bystanders. Get their names, phone numbers, personal addresses and email. All that will facilitate their search later. If you have time, take notes on what each witness saw and heard. Send all of this information to your claims adjuster, but make sure you keep copies for yourself.
Insurance Information: This is especially important. Be sure to share insurance information with drivers of all vehicles involved in the accident. This will probably be the first thing your fitting expert will ask you.
Photos: Take a bunch of pictures of the scene of the accident. If you can get pictures before the vehicles are moved, it's great, but do not create a dangerous situation just to take them. Take pictures of all the damage done to your car, all the other vehicles involved and everything else. Also take some pictures of the scene of the accident. Some different angles are always useful. Take pictures of the parties involved and all the witnesses, if you can. And finally, take pictures of each party's insurance card.
Law Enforcement: Always call the police after an accident. They may or may not be able to answer, but it's always worth trying. When they arrive, make sure you have the names of the officers. They will gather their own information and arrange interviews for their report, and will tell you how to get a copy of the report once it is written. Keep all the documents they give you and give them to your expert.
Contact your insurer as soon as possible
I'm sure you've heard the following saying: "Most crimes are solved within 48 hours of the incident." This is because the crime scene remains intact and the details are still fresh in the minds of the witnesses. It's a bit like that with a car accident. We are not talking about a crime here (I hope), but the idea still works. The sooner you communicate with your insurer, the easier it will be to learn to get the most accurate data possible. It's not a bad idea to call them from the scene of the accident, if possible.
Be cooperative and prompt
Most small accidents are relatively simple to manage for your fitter. He or she has