After a car accident the biggest fear is that your insurance company will not come to the ‘Party’.
Hopefully that is not the case.
Amy Bach executive director consumer advocacy group United policyholders says some auto claims can get complicated by the fine print.
Ways to avoid this:
a. Do not lie.
b. Stick to the facts: It is natural to want to explain the accident beat by beat. How much should you really say.
c. Answer your questions honestly but be careful about volunteering unsolicited details. If you try to save money by being less than honest, the truth may come out.
d. Your insurer should not deny your claim because of misrepresentations, but it may raise your rates. Trying to give precise details can lead to false recounts. Instead of specifics, provide estimates is a good way to go.
Avoid assuming blame: Even if you think you were clearly to blame, there may be mitigating factors. Remember your interpretation is just that : an interpretation. Most accidents are caused by both parties. Taking the blame may feel righteous, it might not be correct. It could lead to an unwarranted rate hike or lower settlement.
Let the investigation play out.
Get your fair compensation:
Getting a fair settlement can be a delicate situation.
For injury make sure you visit a reputable doctor. Remember any claims not documented by your doctor will not be considered.
You could be examined by a doctor who has a relationship with your insurer. So even if you have been examined by your own doctor the result my face resistance and the Insurer may want to use the opinion of their own doctor.
Property damage is usually easier:
Most states give you the right to have your car repaired at the facility of your choice. If your insurer becomes difficult about paying for the repairs consider contacting your State Department of Insurance
Make sure you make the effort to work with your insurer try not to be too adversarial. But on the other hand fight for the protection you have paid for.
Source: USA Today – Money