Insurance companies are always interested in getting your recorded statements following an accident. This may seem relatively harmless, but it might not be in your best interest to give a recorded statement to the other driver’s insurance company. It is therefore advisable to contact a personal injury attorney as soon as possible following an accident. An experienced personal injury attorney can guide you and help you protect your rights.
Why Do Insurance Companies Ask for a Statement?
The goal of taking your statement is two-fold. First, they want to find out your side of the story and second, they want to twist your words to prove that you were at fault. Further, if you end up in a lawsuit, the defense counsel will be allowed to use your recorded statement to cross-examine you during a deposition or at trial.
The Insurance Company Cannot Force You to Give a Recorded Statement
Unfortunately, most people don’t know that they are not required to provide a recorded statement to the other driver’s insurance company. Your obligation ends with your own insurance company. Therefore, when the other insurance company asks you to give your statement, you should consult with your personal injury attorney before saying anything.
Your Statements May Be Taken Out of Context and Used Against You
In an accident case, your recorded statement can be used against you. For instance, a recorded statement as simple as you were ‘running late for work’ can be used to prove that you were driving recklessly because you were late for work. Therefore, it is crucial to consult with an experienced personal injury attorney following an accident. Your attorney will advise you on whether you should give a statement. In addition, he or she will talk with the insurance companies on your behalf.
Contact Our Experienced Personal Injury Attorneys
If you or someone you love has been injured in a car accident, the Reinken Law Firm can help. We have over 30 years of experience representing victims of car accidents. Our personal injury attorneys will make sure that your rights are protected and that you receive the compensation you deserve. Call us at 203-541-0090.