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How Do I Report an Accident to Insurance?

Posted By Simpson Law Group LLP Trial Attorneys Posted in:Car Accident

August 25 2017

How do I report an accident to insurance? When you want to report an auto accident to your insurance company, it’s important that you have all the necessary information. First on the list is your name and policy number. You might also need the start and end dates of your policy. The other date you’ll need is the date of the accident, along with the time. You’ll need the names, addresses, and phone numbers of all drivers, passengers, and witnesses.

Finally, you should have the license numbers and license plate information for all drivers. If you can get a copy of your police report, it should have all the contact and license information for all the drivers, all in one place. You can often get a copy of your police report online, though in some places you may need to submit a request form by mail. Additional materials you might need include pictures of your car, pictures of any injuries, and a written statement giving the details and circumstances of the accident.

When you’re ready to call, usually somewhere on the back of your insurance card is the phone number to report a claim. Simply call them up and tell them you’d like to report your claim. If you provide them with all of the necessary information, they will assist you. I certainly encourage anyone out there who’s been in an auto accident, once they’re able to obtain this information, to report that claim to their insurance company as soon as possible. In these situations, it is better to move quickly.

From a legal standpoint, you should also be careful about what you say to your insurance company. Answer any questions you are asked truthfully, but don’t give any unnecessary details, exaggerate, or downplay anything. Don’t self-diagnose your own injuries. Also, don’t accept a settlement until you’re confident it is the best one you’ll get; once you accept, you can’t ask for anything else, even if you discover further expenses. And if you’re unsure of the legal effects of your statements, speaking to an San Diego auto accident lawyer can give you an advantage.

If you’ve been in an accident, contact us at Simpson Law Group. Our experienced attorneys can help ensure that everything is taken care of.

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