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Atlanta, Georgia Traffic Accident Attorneys - Recorded Statements

As Atlanta traffic accident attorneys, one of the best pieces of advice we can give anyone who has suffered an injury in an Atlanta traffic accident is to never, ever agree to give the insurance adjustor a recorded statement until you have first consulted with an experienced traffic accident attorney.  We have seen too many people wreck their own chance of recovering compensation simply because they didn't know any better.

There are a number of reasons why you should decline giving a recorded statement.  First and foremost is the fact that you have absolutely no legal obligation to do so.  Remember that it is the insurance adjustor's job to deny your claim by any means possible, so although they might frame their request for you to give a recorded statement as your chance to tell your side of the story, the truth is that it is actually their chance to trap you. Insurance company representatives are trained to ask difficult questions which are designed to get you to contradict yourself, accept fault or appear untrustworthy.  It is often extremely difficult to win fair compensation once a crash victim has willingly given a recorded statement.

It is also important to acknowledge the fact that until some time has elapsed you don't know the full extent of your injuries.  Common traffic accident injuries such as whiplash often take a few days to manifest.  Even if you have more serious injuries such as neck or spine injuries or worse, it is going to take some time to determine the long-term significance of your injuries.  Never settle a bodily injury claim until you know the extent of the impact the traffic accident will have on your life – and never give a recorded statement until you've had a chance to discuss this information with an experienced Atlanta traffic accident attorney.

One of the common mistakes we've witnessed as Atlanta traffic accident attorneys is that injury victims feel compelled to try and answer every question put to them.  This does not just apply to recorded statements, but also to questions asked by both sets of attorneys in mediation or if the case goes to trial.  In our experience, the best course of action is to always be honest.  If you don't know, then say you don't know.

For example, suppose you were driving your SUV down a poorly lit road at night.  You drive around a bend and crash into the back of an 18-wheeler truck that was stalled along the roadside.  This would technically be the trucker's fault because they failed to put out warning signs per Federal law.  So if the motor carrier's insurance adjustor asked you “Did the truck have reflective tape across the rear of the truck?” the correct answer would be “I don't know. I didn't see it.” A definitive answer either way will make you look bad because it will imply you got a good look at the truck, in which case you should have been able to avoid the traffic accident.  Insurance adjustors know these tricks which are meant to make you look bad and cast doubt on your claim for damages.

Before you talk to the insurance company for the liable party, first speak with an experienced Atlanta traffic accident attorney.  For a free consultation, call us at (404) 814-8949 or fill out our online case evaluation form.


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