In the whirlwind of life after a California car accident, it is easy to become overwhelmed and unsure of your own rights. It is necessary that you do cooperate with your California car insurance company but you are not necessarily required to give them a recorded statement regarding the accident.
What Do I Need to Tell the Insurance Company?
You may need to provide them with basic details about the accident such as when and where it happened, whether or not you were injured and whether or not your vehicle was damaged. That being said, you should not be pressured into giving your recorded statement to the insurance company.
Why Is Giving a Recorded Statement a Bad Idea
Sometimes this is not in your best interest and your attorney can advise you whether or not it’s a good idea to give a recorded statement. It is better to get the facts straight first and to consult with your lawyer before making any agreements with the insurance company.
I Thought My Insurance Company Was There to Protect Me
Many people are under the impression that their insurance company is there to protect them but may be surprised during the course of an auto accident claim to discover that statements they previously made to the insurance carrier are being used against the driver. Remember that even though you have a relationship with the insurance company, the company is there to make a profit and their end goals may not necessarily be aligned with protecting you. You need to be prepared to protect your own future when you move forward with an accident claim.
Remember that even though you have a relationship with the insurance company, the company is there to make a profit and their end goals may not necessarily be aligned with protecting you. You need to be prepared to protect your own future when you move forward with an accident claim.
If you have an attorney, you don’t have to worry about interacting with the insurance company. This can be taken off your plate and given to an experienced lawyer so that you have one less thing to worry about.
SENIOR PERSONAL INJURY ATTORNEY & FIRM FOUNDER
Michael Pines is a former insurance company attorney who graduated from the University of California Hastings College of the Law in 1987. While he was an insurance attorney, he learned from behind the scenes how insurance companies work and how they decide how much to pay injured people. Now that he works against insurance companies, Michael’s inside knowledge has resulted in significant benefits to his clients injured in car accidents. Learn more about Michael Pines