Should I Give a Recorded Statement After Filing an Auto Accident Claim?

Generally, not before speaking with a car accident attorney. Auto accident victims often file an insurance claim following a collision to receive compensation for their injuries. Once filed, insurance companies often ask injury victims to provide a recorded statement. But while this may seem like a routine procedure, there are compelling reasons why you should avoid such statements and definitely contact an injury attorney before deciding to provide one.

What is a Recorded Statement?

A recorded statement is when an insurance adjuster records your detailed account of an automobile accident. Insurance companies may request these statements from the injury victim. at-fault party, passengers, and even witnesses. The statements are often recorded either in writing or, more commonly, through audio or video recordings.

Insurance companies often say that they use recorded statements to gather information about your accident and assess liability. However, think twice before you buy into this reasoning.

Why Should You Avoid Giving a Recorded Statement?

While an insurer may lay out solid benefits for you to provide a recorded statement, there are ample reasons to avoid giving one. Consider, for example, the following:

  • Protection of your rights: One of the primary reasons to avoid giving a recorded statement after an auto accident is to protect your legal rights. Insurance companies aim to settle claims quickly and may use recorded statements against you later in the claims process. By refraining from providing a recorded statement, you retain greater control over the information you disclose and safeguard your right to a fair settlement.
  • Incomplete information: Immediately after an accident, you may not have a complete understanding of the extent of your injuries or the full scope of your damages. A recorded statement obtained too early in the process may not accurately reflect the long-term consequences of your accident. Waiting until you have a comprehensive understanding of your situation allows you to present a more accurate account of your collision.
  • Ambiguity in questions: Insurance adjusters often use ambiguous or misleading questions during recorded statements to elicit responses that may be used against you. Without proper legal guidance, you may inadvertently provide information that can be misconstrued or taken out of context. Refraining from recorded statements provides you with the opportunity to consult with legal professionals who can help you navigate these tricky situations.
  • Shifting blame: Insurance companies may attempt to shift the blame for an accident onto the victim through selective editing or interpretation of the statement. By not providing a statement, you minimize the risk of having your words used against you in a way that could undermine your claim.
  • Admission of fault: Insurance adjusters may subtly or directly prompt you to admit fault during a recorded statement. This admission can significantly impact your claim and potentially limit your ability to recover damages. Consulting with legal counsel before making any statements ensures that you do not unintentionally admit fault.

Contact Justice Through Compensation for Help

If you or a loved one was injured in an auto accident, please know that the law firm of Justice Through Compensation is here to help. Our legal team is skilled, experienced, and passionate in their representation. Let us shoulder the burden of an injury claim or lawsuit while you focus on healing from your injuries. Contact us today for the quality legal help you deserve.

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