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How to Deal with Insurance Companies After a Car Accident

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Our San Diego car accident attorneys have a message for drivers: If you have been in an accident and have suffered from a personal injury – you need to call your insurance company.

Whether or not you feel your insurance company has your best interests at heart, you will have to deal with them sooner or later. Take heed, though, since those agents tend to try to save their companies as much money as possible – you should speak with an experienced San Diego personal injury lawyer before you settle a claim out of court.

Here’s a checklist of what to say to your insurance company after an accident:

  • Report the accident to your insurance company in a timely manner. Failure to do so could cause unnecessary problems with your claim.
  • Do not give a statement, written or verbal, to the insurance company of the other driver or party, and under no circumstances sign documents given to you by the other party’s insurance company without first seeking the legal counsel of an experienced attorney. Doing so could jeopardize your rights and ultimately be used against you.
  • Document the accident as much as you can. Save medical records, statements, photos, and even keep a journal to record the events and your feelings throughout. The more evidence you have documenting what happened, the better.

If you’ve been involved in a crash and suffered injury, call our San Diego Car Accident Lawyers for an immediate consultation about your rights and how to deal with your insurance company.

Steven Elia

Steven Elia

Mr. Elia has extensive litigation experience having appeared at more than 1,000 civil hearings including jury and bench trials, over 500 depositions, and hundreds of mediations. Some of his cases have made national headlines. He specializes in personal injury, business law and civil litigation in and around San Diego.
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