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Be sure to avoid these car insurance claim mistakes

Being a part of a car accident can change your life forever, especially if you suffer a serious injury.

When making a car insurance claim, there are things that you should and should not do. The last thing you want to do is make a mistake that could harm your ability to receive the compensation you deserve.

Here are some of the most common car insurance claim mistakes:

  • Giving a written or recorded statement because the insurance company says you have no choice. This is not true. You have the right to say no until you learn more about your situation and/or speak with a legal professional.
  • Accepting the first estimate of your losses. This is a common mistake as many people want to put their accident in the past as soon as possible. It may be tempting, but don't agree to a final payment.
  • Signing anything before you know what it is. You never want to put your name on the dotted line until you know exactly what you are agreeing to. This could come back to haunt you in the future.
  • Giving in and hoping for the best. Remember this: You pay for your car insurance policy every month. This is a contract and you have rights. Your insurance company is obligated by law to provide the coverage you have been paying for. You should never settle for anything less than that.

These are among the most common car insurance claim mistakes. Although you may think you have a clear idea of what you should be doing, it's easy to get off track when you have so much going on around you, such as caring for your injuries.

If you are concerned about what's to come with respect to your car insurance claim, take a step back as to review your situation. This will give you a clear idea of where things stand and what to do next.

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