You’ve been injured in a Virginia motor vehicle accident through no fault of your own. You are hurt and confused. You exchange insurance information. A few hours after the accident, while still dazed and confused, you get a phone call. It’s the insurance adjuster for the other driver. The first question the adjuster will ask is, “How are you feeling?” Trying to sound friendly, they are taking down what you say in the hopes that you will answer with “fine” so they can mark it in their records. The next question they will ask is, “May I have a recorded statement of your version of the accident?” What should you do?
In this video, Suffolk lawyer Andrew Page explains why you should never give a statement to an insurance adjuster without representation. Much like the police in a criminal case, defense insurance adjusters will use anything you say against you. Even the slightest discrepancy between what you say in the recorded statement, versus your statements at deposition or trial, may have a significant impact on your personal injury case.
Insurance adjusters are not your friend. They are not for you. They have one job – to save their company as much as possible. To do that, they must pay you as little as possible. There may be very limited circumstances where a recorded statement may be appropriate. But such circumstances are extremely rare. They have the opportunity to investigate your case after suit is filed. There is no reason to help them save litigation costs by giving a statement beforehand.
At Randall Page, P.C., your case is important to us, and we fight to protect your rights – whether through a fair settlement or through the trial process. If you have been in an accident and need representation, you can reach Drew at our Suffolk Office at (757) 935-9065 or visit our website at www.randallpagelaw.com.