Your mind will race in the immediate aftermath of a motor vehicle accident. While you need to turn all your efforts toward your health and making a recovery, you should still find time to file an insurance claim.

Like most, you want to put your accident in the past as soon as you can. Doing so increases the risk of an insurance claim mistake, such as:

  • Neglecting to understand the terms and conditions of your insurance policy
  • Letting your insurance agent guide the process, as you assume they’ll do what’s best for you
  • Failing to document all conversations with your insurance company
  • Accepting the first offer that your insurance company makes
  • Signing something before you know exactly what it is
  • Allowing the insurance company to record a conversation when you’re not comfortable doing so

If you make one or more of these mistakes, it can slow down the claims process. And depending on the circumstances, you may even harm your ability to obtain all the compensation that’s owed to you.

Rather than risk a mistake, review your policy before filing a claim. From there, be cautious about every move you make, realizing that your agent won’t do what is in your best interest.

Your insurance policy is a legally binding contract between you and your insurance company. So, if you pay for a certain type of coverage, you should receive the compensation owed to you in the event of a covered claim.

Understanding your policy, the process and your legal rights will give you the confidence necessary to proceed with your claim.