How to File a Claim with Nationwide Auto Insurance

Were you or someone you love injured in a vehicle accident? Is your insurance provider Nationwide Auto Insurance? Year after year, Nationwide is one of the most popular car insurance providers in California, usually in the top ten and sometimes in the top five. Millions rely on them for their car insurance. But, when you’re hurt in an accident, it can be greatly beneficial to have an experienced accident lawyer in California by your side. That’s what Belal Hamideh has been for many years. 

We all know the jingle: “Nationwide is on your side.” However, if you’re hurt in a vehicular accident you may find that, no, Nationwide really isn’t on your side. Rather, they’re on the side of making money, of maximizing their profits. If you believe that there’s even a slight chance you or someone you love has been injured in an accident, it’s worth it to reach out to us for a free case evaluation. During that, we’ll let you know exactly what you can expect for your claim and how we can help. 


You’ve Been Injured in an Accident and Have Nationwide Insurance 

If you’ve been hurt in an accident and your insurance provider is Nationwide Auto Insurance, contact them through their app, online, or by calling them at (800) 421-3525. You’re better off doing this sooner versus later. Within the first 24 hours of your accident is fine, but if you are unable to do so due to injuries, recovery, and so forth, do so when you can. 

On that topic, if there’s any chance whatsoever that you’ve been injured, get professional medical attention. Do so even if it seems “like it’ll be fine,” “like it’s no big thing,” etc. Unfortunately, injuries that are seemingly “small” after an accident may be much worse than they initially appear. By being evaluated by medical professionals, you can head this off. 

At the accident, be sure to contact law enforcement and get information from the other party involved in the accident. Law enforcement can, among other actions, generate a police report that can help your case. 

In terms of information from the other party, you should get their name, their license plate, their auto insurance information, and their contact information (including their phone number, email, etc).

Once you’ve done all that, contact Nationwide. If you’ve been injured, we strongly urge you to reach out to us for a free case evaluation, too. That way, we may be able to help you to recover maximum compensation for all that you’ve been through. 


What to Say When Talking to Someone from Nationwide 

If you have Nationwide insurance, it’s natural to believe that Nationwide is, well, on your side. If the accident is a minor one, if no one has been hurt, they very well may be able to help you recover compensation. 

Many prefer to speak to a human being when reporting their claim as opposed to doing so over an app, through an online form, etc. If you choose to talk to someone, remember: just the facts. Don’t give them any extraneous info, anything they don’t need. Why? Because by doing so you make it all the more likely that you’ll say something which could jeopardize your compensation. Never admit fault or even apologize, even slightly or politely, for the accident. 

By that same token, there’s no upside for you in giving a recorded statement, either. They may try to get you to do so just to have something they can use against you further down the road, so to speak, in your case. Should you sign with us, when you complete medical treatment, we’ll provide all pertinent accident and injury information in the settlement demand. 

Again, if your accident is very minor, if no one was hurt whatsoever in it, then you may not need an attorney. But, if Nationwide “drags their feet,” so to speak, in any way, then we can help. Additionally, if someone was hurt in the accident, if your car was significantly damaged, then you are more than welcome to contact us for a free case evaluation to see exactly how we can help you to recover what you deserve. 


You’ve Been Injured in an Accident and the Other Party Has Nationwide 

If you don’t have Nationwide Auto Insurance and you’re injured in an accident, you still may receive a call from Nationwide. If so, it means that the other party has Nationwide. Should this be the case, we urge you in the strongest possible terms not to provide them with a statement. 

In this case, Nationwide is trying to make it so that you receive as little compensation as possible. In fact, their goal is for you to receive none at all. After all, Nationwide’s main goal is to make money and, in this scenario, they represent the other party. So, if they can show that your accident and injuries weren’t their driver’s fault (or at least weren’t entirely their’s) then they can get away with making sure that you get less money. 

Nationwide, and really, all insurance companies, have multiple ways of working towards this. For example, they might try to get you to take an offer that’s much less than what you deserve. They could intentionally slow down the process, in hopes that you’ll get frustrated and settle for less. Really, these are just the beginning. 

When you sign with Belal and the team here, we can keep them from doing that. Indeed, you won’t have to worry about what to say to the insurance company anymore, how to say it, and so forth. Rather, we’ll represent you as aggressively as possible, taking on the insurance company on your behalf. Drawing upon our experience, we can help you to recover the damages you deserve for everything you’ve been through. 


You’ve Been Injured in an Accident and the Other Party Isn’t Insured 

California law is not ambiguous in regards to whether or not someone can legally drive without car insurance. You can’t. However, drivers do it every day, in violation of the law. As confusing and scary as it can be when you’re hit and injured in an accident, it can be even more confusing when you’re hit by someone who doesn’t have insurance (or, alternatively, doesn’t have enough). 

Yes, most drivers have some form of uninsured/underinsured motorist coverage. If you’re hit by an uninsured/underinsured driver and Nationwide is your provider, you should contact Nationwide. Follow the steps listed above about how to speak to them. Then, file a claim with Nationwide. 

Now, hopefully, Nationwide respects your claim, they treat you in good faith, and they provide you with what you deserve. However, if they don’t, or if you don’t believe they will, then we’re here for a free case evaluation to see how we can help. We can represent you here as aggressively as possible as well. 


What Belal Hamideh, Accident Lawyer in California, Can Do 

Every step of the vehicular accident process presents different challenges for victims. Dealing with insurance can be one of the most confusing for many reasons, not the least of which is that it occurs while you’re trying to recover, to heal, and to move on from the accident. 

Belal Hamideh and the staff here can help. Nationwide can be intimidating, but we have a proven track record of helping our clients against even the biggest insurance companies. As we work on contingency, you don’t have to worry about paying us, either. We only get paid if we win (we do win 99% of the time), and even then, that comes out of your eventual compensation. 

For a free case evaluation to see how we can help you, reach out to us through our site or by giving us a call.