How to file an insurance claim when someone hits your car?

I got into a car accident three hours ago, and I exchanged information with the other party before leaving. How do I start the process of filing an insurance claim?

Answer
Sorry to hear about your accident. To file a claim, you should contact your insurance company as soon as possible.
Regardless of fault, it’s important to call your insurer from the scene of the accident. Inform the car insurance company that you’ll be filing a third party claim with the other driver’s insurer. You can typically file these claims online or over the phone.
It is important to keep thorough and detailed records of your auto accident. Supplying your insurer with the most detailed information about your accident is essential so they can quickly process your claim. This includes the other driver’s name, insurance information, and car information. You’ll also want to have photographic evidence of the damage.
Their insurance should assess the accident and cover any damage to your vehicle. This could take time, however, as it’s likely their provider will want to investigate your claim. Because of this, it’s a good idea to give all of the information to your insurance company, as well, so they can advocate for you.
If your claim is denied, you may have to file with your own insurance company, which could cause your rates to rise. To find the best rates on car insurance after an accident, shop for quotes with Jerry.
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Carlos Kirby
Answered on Nov 23, 2021
Carlos has a BA in Media Production and Marketing from Loyola University of Chicago, as well as almost 5 years of content editing and writing experience. He has operated his own freelance creative studio over the past 5 years and aspires to be a Creative Director for an Creative Agency. He is currently located in Chicago, IL and enjoys creating digital art and taking bike rides along the lakefront during his free time!
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