Should I give a statement to the other drivers insurance company or sign any paperwork after an accident?
Miley Legal Group
At The Miley Legal Group, we unfortunately hear about this type of scenario all of the time: A person is injured in an accident through no fault of their own, and pretty soon they receive a phone call from the other person’s insurance company. The insurance representative sounds nice enough, seems concerned about what happened, and even seems to be on the injured person’s side. Don’t be fooled, though.
An insurance adjuster works for the insurance company and not you. They are not on your side. Their goal is to minimize the amount of money the insurance company has to pay out for claims and to maximize the insurance company’s profits. As such, they will often call an accident injury victim and make a low settlement offer in the hopes that a person will accept it before consulting with an attorney. The time immediately following an accident can be confusing and painful, and insurance companies often look to take advantage of accident victims during this difficult stretch.
Giving a recorded statement to the other driver’s insurance company or signing any paperwork supplied by the insurance company can have devastating effects on your potential to recover proper compensation for your injuries.
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