How do I report a car accident?
Were you in a car accident and are wondering how to report it?
Even though it may sound counter intuitive, it would actually be in your best interest to not report the accident yourself. Instead, work with a Car Accident Attorney and they will report the accident on your behalf.
Reason 1: A Car Accident Attorney will know what details matter to an insurance company.
A lot of times, when someone tries to report a car accident themselves, they divulge too much information and that information can be used against you.
Reason 2: The other person’s insurance company is going to be doing what’s best for their client.
Regardless of right/wrong, the other driver’s insurance company is going to do their best to represent the other driver since that is their client. A car accident attorney will know what to say that will represent you the best.
Some other tips to keep yourself safe in the process.
Recovering from a car accident is a highly emotional process. In this state, it’s very easy to let your guard down and make mistakes that will not end well for you.
For starters, be sure to never share your full social security number. Using the last 4 is OK, but there should not be a situation where you need to share the full number.
Next, it is a good idea to take your car to your body shop before reporting to your insurance. The Insurance Company will send an adjuster to the body shop and they’ll be able to do a full diagnostics workup there. Another benefit is that the adjuster will be able to use the body shop’s lift and other tools to properly assess your vehicle.
This is also a good time to familiarize yourself with your insurance policy and understand what you’re entitled to if you are at fault. One such thing may be a rental car while your car is being repaired.
Finally, be sure to keep your records organized for every step you take. This includes hospital visits, body shop visits, etc. The more details you document, the better it is for you.
If you have been in a car accident and would like a hand reporting your case, contact the PhillyLawyers.com team. Your first consultation is free and you don’t pay unless there’s a settlement to you!