Should I Give a Recorded Statement to an Auto Accident Insurance Company After My Accident in Georgia?
Generally, when someone is involved in a motor vehicle accident caused by another driver, they will be contacted by the other driver's auto liability insurance carrier. Before speaking to an insurance company, including your own, you should consult with an attorney.
The following are a few things an adjuster might say to you in order to obtain a recorded statement.
- "There is an issue with liability."
- "An investigation must be completed before making repairs to your car."
- "We can't finish that investigation unless you give us a recorded statement."
In our experience, adjusters often contact victims and tell them that in order to complete their investigation, they must obtain a recorded statement. In reality, you are not legally under any obligation to provide such statements to the at-fault driver's insurance carrier, but you may be contractually required to do so with your own insurance company. You are, however, you have the right to obtain representation prior to giving such statements.
Insurance companies are not on your side! Their goal is to obtain any information they can from you that would provide a basis for diminishing or denying your claim, including taking your statements out of context. You should always consult with an attorney prior to giving such statements, because doing so without counsel can negatively impact your case. If you are reading this article and have already given a recorded statement, don't panic! Simply consult with an attorney as soon as possible. At Montlick & Associates, our attorneys navigate the claims process with our clients every day, and provide formidable representation to maximize the value of their cases under the law.
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