Should I Give A Statement To The Insurance Company After I’m Hurt In A Virginia Car Wreck?
Answer: No. You are under no obligation to give a recorded statement to the insurance company for the other driver who hit you and caused you an injury. They will often ask you to give such a statement but it is generally not in your interest to do so before you talk to an experienced personal injury attorney like the lawyers at our firm.
The information in a statement is likely to be used by the other side’s insurance carrier to try to find a reason to wiggle out of paying you full and fair compensation and maybe try to wiggle out of paying you at all. There’s no sense in giving them ammunition especially right after an accident when you may not even realize the full extent of your injuries or all of the negligence and carelessness of the other driver.
The easiest thing to do when the adverse insurance company calls is to say I plan on hiring injury attorney John Cooper and he asked me not to talk to you. Here is his phone number so you can talk to my lawyer directly. Even casual conversation, such as answering questions about your medical treatment or how you are feeling, can give the insurance company for the bad driver some argument about the idea that you weren’t as hurt as you claim. It is important to know your rights and protect them to balance the power that insurance companies have with their army of insurance adjusters, investigators, and lawyers.
The Norfolk, Virginia Beach and Hampton, VA personal injury law firm, Cooper Hurley, handles automobile, truck, and motorcycle injuries as well as wrongful death, railroad injury cases and medical malpractice. John Cooper and Jim Hurley have more than 40 years of combined experience in specializing in auto injury as well as other accident claims. Attorney John Cooper has been named to Virginia “Super Lawyers” since 2010. Cooper Hurley represents people hurt in accidents in Norfolk, Virginia Beach, Portsmouth, Suffolk, Chesapeake, Hampton, Newport News and throughout VA, and always put the best interests of our clients first. The firm is recognized by other lawyers as “AV” by Martindale-Hubbell, a national attorney rating service, for our top level of legal skill and highest ethical standards. Our motto is: “Your Injury. Our fight.” If you need help or advice about a serious injury, please call us at (757) 455 -0077 or contact us through this website.