If you were injured in a car crash caused by another driver, you may be surprised at how quickly the other driver’s insurance company contacts you about your claim. Most likely, the adjuster will ask you to give a recorded statement and may suggest that giving one will speed up your claim for compensation. Is it a good idea to agree to give a recorded statement?
Four Reasons Why You Do Not Want to Give a Recorded Statement Following A Car Accident
A recorded statement is a statement you would give explaining what happened during the crash and answering any of the adjuster’s questions. You may think it would be harmless to agree to provide a statement since you have nothing to hide and know the other driver caused the crash. However, it is rarely a good idea to agree to this—especially without first consulting with an attorney—for the following reasons:
- Although your statement would not be under oath, it could be used against you in your auto wreck case.
- The adjuster is an expert in taking recorded statements. His goals would be to find out what happened, to see if he can twist your words around to make you look bad, and to get you to inadvertently say something that could hurt your case.
- If you do not understand a question, you could give an incorrect answer or forget important information and details that support your claim.
- The adjuster may appear friendly, and you could be tempted to give long answers that say too much or accidently contradict what you have already said.
If you were injured in an automobile accident and the other driver’s insurance company is requesting you give a recorded statement, we urge you to contact an experienced car accident attorney before agreeing to this. Start an online chat today to schedule a free consultation with our experienced legal team. We will explain why giving a recorded statement may not be a good decision and discuss the compensation you could be entitled to.