Car Accident Attorney | With the flurry of activity that comes after a serious auto accident, it can be easy for an injury victim not to give a second thought when an involved insurance company calls asking for a statement or other information. While it is necessary to provide some basic and concrete information to get your claim started, giving too much without the advice of an attorney — even to your own insurance company — can come back to cause you harm at a later time.
Insurance companies generally try to downplay the importance of such statements. However, under California’s Rules of Evidence, they can actually play a role during an eventual trial in several ways:
- To contradict a plaintiff’s live testimony to the extent it is inconsistent
- To highlight and bolster unfavorable aspects of a plaintiff’s live testimony
- To hold the plaintiff to a prior account if the person’s memories of the event faded
This is why you need a car accident attorney. While these concerns may seem obvious in relation to the adverse party’s insurance company, you should be equally careful with your own. In cases where the at-fault driver is uninsured or underinsured, your own insurance company can quickly turn into the adversary if you file a UM/UIM claim. It is often difficult to tell at the early stages whether the at-fault driver has sufficient insurance. Therefore, a UM/UIM claim is always a possibility. The safest course of action is to retain an experienced California car accident attorney early and to consult your lawyer before making substantive statements to any insurer.
If you have been injured in an accident and have questions about dealing with your insurance provider, contact the Personal Injury Department at Young Wooldridge, LLP for a free initial consultation.