If you were involved in a car accident, it is likely that an insurance adjuster will want you to make a recorded statement about your accident. They will usually call you within days of your accident. Opinions vary on whether or not you should give such a statement. There are some things you should avoid doing when asked to give a statement.
Go it on Your Own
When you are involved in a car accident, one of the most important things you can do is consult with an experienced personal injury attorney. This attorney can advise you on what steps to take if you are asked by an insurance adjuster to give a recorded statement. It is likely that the attorney will instruct you to forgo the statement. It serves no legal purpose and can ultimately harm your claim. However, if you are still interested in giving a statement in an effort to expedite the settlement, there are some other things you should avoid doing.
Give a Statement While You’re Impaired
Many insurance adjusters use statements to try and trip-up claimants and get them to say things that will hurt their claim. If you choose to give a statement, it is important that you are very careful with your words, as what you say will become part of your claim forever. Never give a statement when you are upset, anxious, tired, taking medication, or are in severe pain. You may not be as careful about what you say. Don’t be rushed into giving a statement until you are ready.
Sometimes, as humans, we feel the instinct to apologize for things that are not our fault. An insurance adjuster with a calm and helpful demeanor may lead to your reflexively apologizing for things that are not your fault. Make sure you don’t inadvertently apologize for something you didn’t do.
Downplay Your Injuries
We’re all tempted at times to act like we’re tough and not as injured as we really are. During your statement, don’t downplay your injuries and say things like, “I’m fine.” This information can be used against you later.
Gregg Goldfarb Can Help.
If you’ve been injured in a car accident, you want an experienced personal injury attorney on your side. Gregg Goldfarb has over 20 years of experience helping car accident victims. Contact us online or call us at 305-374-7000 to schedule a free consultation.