8 Steps to Getting the Most from a Car Accident Claim
Every year, a thousands of accident claims are made. To get the most out of an accident claim, a person should have knowledge about the whole process and the individuals that are involved in it. Here are some steps that can help you get the most from a car accident claim:
1. First of all an individual should contact his/her insurer and describe the circumstances of their claim. One should give the insurer maximum details that can be given.
2. All the documents that are related to the accident must be kept in proper order. These important documents include receipts, police reports, and estimates. A person should keep all the papers in a file to make the documents easy to find because not finding an important paper at the right time can make the situation stress-full. The record of claim number should be kept with care and also of the individuals with whom you have talked about the claim.
3. Any expenses related to the accident in which you missed work or paid for medical costs are also included in the important documents. If a person wants the cost of these things to be adjusted in the total settlement that they receive, then every expense related to the claim should be included which is covered in the insurance policy the person has. If a person decides to claim an expense as part of the damages or loss from the accident, they will be required to provide documentation of the expense such as letters, affidavits, estimates and receipts. These are accepted as valid proof.
4. Before claiming, one should research the value of his/her vehicle or get a second opinion about the cost of any repairs that are required after the accident. The value of a vehicle can be easily viewed online and a car owner can get help from a mechanic in estimating the cost needed for repairing if they do not trust the value estimated by their insurance company.
5. It is necessary to read the policy again to know what other things the insurance policy covers especially if an insurance holder is uncertain.
6. An insurance holder must look into diminished value claims for his/her car. Every state has this as insurance against the diminished value of a person’s vehicle after an accident due to the reason that it may not be worth what is used to be.
7. The person should keep one thing in mind that they will be dealing with a car insurance claims adjuster so they deal everything with a sharp mind. The adjuster works for the insurance company so it is obvious that an adjuster tries to save money. An adjuster never helps an insurance holder in receiving the maximum amount, so an insurance holder should deal with the things cleverly.
8. When an individual is offered a settlement, he/she should take time to review it and review it carefully. If according to a person, their car accident claim is worth more than the offer, they should explain why they should get more. Claims adjusters always try to settle the case in less, so a person will not get more if they do not struggle for more.
In a free consultation, an attorney at Denver Trial Lawyers ® can inform you of your rights, educate you about the legal process, and discuss how we may be able to obtain compensation for you.