During the claims-filing process following a car accident, you should know that there are many things the insurance company will do to try and gain as much information as possible. One of those things is requesting a recorded statement from your regarding the accident and how it occurred.
While you may think this is a completely normal thing—and it is a regular occurrence—there is a reason the insurance company wants this. They want it to benefit themselves, not necessarily to get a fair assessment of the accident.
Why Does the Insurance Company Want a Recorded Statement?
When the accident first occurs, you most likely report it to the local authorities and file a claim with your insurance provider. This is your initial statement. However, the insurance company may contact you days after the accident to request a recorded statement.
They are hoping that you say something that would contradict your initial statement or that they could use to turn the premise of fault onto you. It’s important you understand that this statement can be used against you—not in your favor.
What Can You Do?
You don’t have to provide this recorded statement on your own. You can inform the insurance company that you want to have your lawyer with you to answer questions to best protect your rights and help you avoid saying something that could damage your case.
You have this right. You don’t have to provide the statement without speaking with your lawyer to get a better of idea of what you should and shouldn’t say throughout the process. The insurance company is hoping you’ll be flustered enough to say something to hurt your claim, but you can protect yourself with legal counsel.
At Lowe Law Group, we prioritize the rights of the injured in an effort to help them secure the outcome they deserve. Facing the insurance company can be a daunting task, but it doesn’t have to be. We’ll work to protect the rights of those hurt due to negligence every step of the way.
If you need help with an insurance company asking for a recorded statement, count on our car accident lawyers to be by your side every step of the way. We’re here for you when you need it most and are ready to go above and beyond for you and your needs.
Call our firm today at (801) 900-4681.