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How to talk to your insurer after a car crash

If you are part of a car crash, it won't be long before you contact your insurance company to inform them of what happened.

While it's easy to believe that your insurer is on your side, this isn't exactly the case. Instead, they want to resolve your claim as quickly and as affordably as possible. Unfortunately, this isn't always in your best interest.

Here are some tips for talking with your insurance company after a car crash:

  • Stick to the facts and nothing but the facts. There is no good time to lie or stretch the truth. Stick with the facts and you won't have anything to worry about.
  • Don't assume blame. Even if you are unsure of who was at fault, you should never say you were to blame for the accident. It's up to your insurance company to figure this out.
  • Seek fair compensation. When it comes to negotiating a settlement, don't be surprised if your insurance company gives you a low ball offer. You need to take your entire situation into consideration, including your injuries and damages, as you negotiate a settlement you can live with.

It's hard to believe that your insurance company is not on your side, but this may be the feeling you get as the days go by.

It's up to you to understand your policy and protect your legal rights. By taking the right steps early on, you'll feel much better about your ability to receive the compensation you deserve and put your accident in the past as quickly as possible.

Source: USA Today, "Tips for talking to your insurance company after a car accident," accessed Nov. 28, 2017

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