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What You Shouldn't Do When Giving Recorded Statement

This is another tip in our series of videos talking about what to do after you been in an automobile accident. Each party should obtain the information regarding insurance and contact information of the driver.  You should immediately contact your insurance company and the insurance of the other party to inform the insurance companies of the accident.  Most likely, the other insurance company will request that you give them a recorded statement.  Typically, we the attorneys at this firm recommend you do not agree to a recorded statement until you talk to an attorney.  Hire an attorney and they can give you advice on whether or not you should do a recorded statement.  However, if you feel like you want to go ahead and give that recorded statement, then go ahead.  Just make sure you tell the truth.  Most of the time, people do not outright lie in a recorded statement, but sometimes people will guess as to the answer, rather than saying they don’t know for sure.  They will guess as to a distance or guess as to a time, but it's not clear that they are guessing.  So now the've given a recorded statement that locks them down as to how far away they were when they first saw the vehicle, how many seconds before they saw the vehicle put on their brakes, what time of the day it was, what the road conditions were, and now your locked in just becuase you guessed.  If you do not know for certain, don’t give information that later can be disputed, because if it turns out you're wrong it makes you look like a liar, and that's the last thing that you want.  If you have been involved in an automobile accident and you have contacted the insurance company, and they want you to give a recorded statement, make sure you contact counsel first and they will give you advice as to whether to go forward with the recorded statement.  If you would like to know your rights concerning an automobile accident, then call me today for your free consultation.

Jim M. Zadeh
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