Q: Should I give a recorded statement after a motorcycle accident?
In the hours, days, and weeks following a motorcycle accident, the insurance company for the other side will contact you and ask you to provide them with a recorded statement. They may ask you to recount details of the crash as they record it for their records. Although it might sound harmless to simply talk about the wreck with an insurance adjuster, recorded statements taken by the other side are not to be entered into lightly.
Before you agree to provide the other side with a recorded statement, you should think long and hard. Here’s what you should know about recorded statements:
- You are under no obligation to the other side to provide them with a recorded statement. Although the insurance adjuster may make you feel like it is your obligation to do so, the law does not require it.
- Providing the other side with a recorded statement is often a mistake that can harm your personal injury claim.
- Insurance adjusters are trained to ask leading questions in order to use what you say against you. They are notorious for twisting words in order to place some of the blame on you so they can get out of paying you the compensation you deserve.
It is in your best interest not to give the other driver’s insurance company a recorded statement because it’s not going to help you. Unfortunately, it may harm you. Before you make such a mistake, contact us for a free consultation. We can guide you to making smart decisions to protect your injury claim. Call us at (800) 875-9700.