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Avoid these common car insurance claim mistakes

If you are part of a motor vehicle accident, the first thing you should do is focus on your injuries and the treatment you require to regain your previous level of health.

Once you work everything out with regard to your health, you can turn your attention to your financial situation. This means many different things, such as consulting with a personal injury attorney.

Many car accident victims make the mistake of speaking with insurance companies. While there is nothing wrong with contacting your insurer to notify them of the accident, there are some things you should absolutely avoid:

-- Never give a written or recorded statement. If you do this, the information could come back to haunt you in the future. If you begin to feel uncomfortable when speaking with your insurance agent, such as if the person is pressuring you for answers, it's best to hang up and consult with an experienced attorney.

-- Don't accept the first appraisal or estimate. You should never do this until you understand your coverage and legal rights.

-- Don't sign anything. This is one of the biggest mistakes you can make, as you may not know exactly what you are signing. If you are asked to sign any type of document, ask that your attorney has time to review it first.

-- Never accept a check marked as "final payment." You should only do this if you are truly ready to accept the money as your final payment.

-- Don't overlook the fact that you have a contract with your insurance company. You pay for coverage, and for this reason your insurer has to live up to its side if you are involved in an accident.

These are just a few of the many mistakes you could make in regards to a car insurance claim.

If you have any questions or concerns, you're better off avoiding contact with your insurance company until you have a legal professional on your side. This will go a long way in ensuring that you don't make a decision that could work against you in the future.

You will have a lot on your plate after a car accident, but that doesn't mean you should start making rash decisions. Instead, focus on your treatment and legal rights as to avoid adding more challenges to your life.

Source: Nov. 30, -0001

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