File an FIR
The first step involves filing an FIR. While filing for a claim involving road accident including a third-party, it’s mandatory to file an FIR. Even if your vehicle is stolen, an FIR is imperative. Get two copies of the FIR. Submit one to the insurer and keep the other one with you.
Inform the insurerInform your insurer at the earliest in case of an accident. Most insurers have a Toll-Free number where you can inform about the incident and raise a claim. While availing the policy, see the time-period within which you need to intimate your insurer.
While some insurers allow a week to report and raise a claim, others may offer a lesser window of 24 to 48 hours. Thus, it’s essential to get in touch with your insurer at the earliest.
Fill up the claims form with the required documentsYou need to fill up the claim form with all the essential documents. Note that insurers don’t process a claim unless they get all the pertinent documents. The claim form can be downloaded from the insurer’s website. Generally, you need to attach these documents with the form and send it to your insurer:
Take photographsTo expedite the claim settlement process, taking photographs of the event helps. It acts as a robust proof at the time of settlement. You must also note down details of witnesses including their names, telephone number, etc., in case of a third-party claim.
The photographs taken goes a long way in establishing the authenticity of the claim. It also helps the insurer understand the quantum of damage and proceed accordingly.
Inspection from surveyorOnce you intimate the insurer about a claim, a surveyor comes for inspection. After inspecting your vehicle, he/she prepares a report and submits it to the insurer.
- Insurance policy
- Registration certificate of the vehicle
- Driving licence
- FIR copy
Only when you receive a go-ahead from your insurer, proceed with repairing your vehicle. Today, insurers have tie-ups with garages where you can repair your vehicle. The bills are sent directly to the insurer who reimburses the claim amount directly into your bank account.
In case you repair your vehicle in a non-network garage, make sure to collect the bills and submit them to your insurer. Also, don’t hide any facts as hiding facts can result in claim rejection on the grounds of non-disclosure of information.
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