I was hit by a drunk driver who was arrested at the scene. He did not report it to his insurance co. His insurance co wants to inspect my car and wants me to give a statement of the accident over the phone. I am concerned about giving a statement as everything I have researched says not to do this. I was not injured,just want my car repaired.If I refuse to give a statement can they refuse to pay for my repairs?
Personal Injury Lawyer
I agree fully with the other attorney Myers. (No relation.) Definitely let the insurance company look at your car. Definitely give them any accident reports, damage appraisals or other documents. But, insurance claims adjusters have a way of pushing you beyond the limit of what you know, getting you to admit you do not know a certain detail, then lurking in waiting for the right opportunity to bring this up later to delay, deny or devalue your claim. So, (1) cooperate with the insurance company and (2) retain a personal injury attorney before you even think about giving a statement.
Personal injury attorneys nearly always give a free initial consultation.
The insurance industry’s own statistics indicate that once an attorney becomes involved, the value of any claim at least doubles.
Put those two facts together and it is in your best interest to retain experienced legal counsel at your earliest possible convenience.
I truly wish you the best.
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Car / Auto Accident Lawyer
My advise to my clients is never to give a recorded statement. If the accident report clearly illustrates liablity, which it appears in this case is not an issue, then why give the insurance company any further information. They are liable for the actions of their insured whether you give them a recorded statement or not.
Personal Injury Lawyer
Yes...if you refuse to give a statement, the carrier will close their file...they are entitled to conduct an investigation...it should be brief...you should be fine...give the statement and get your car repaired...good luck...