When to Give a Statement after an Auto Accident in Pennsylvania
Do not give statements, sign papers, or accept insurance company estimates without first seeking legal advice. These are some of the most common mistakes made by car accident victims.
You need think about preserving your legal rights from the moment the accident occurs. Follow the steps below to avoid making a common mistake that can ruin your car accident case.
Do not speak about the accident with anyone, including the other driver or witnesses. Cooperate with the police, but do not give more information than is required.
Do not give any verbal or written statements to an insurance adjuster, the other party’s insurance company or even your own insurance company without first speaking to your car accident lawyer. It may seem routine, but such statements may be used to minimize your claim, even if you are filing a claim with your own insurance company.
Do not sign a medical authorization form from the other party’s insurance company. Only sign medical authorization forms provided by your auto accident attorney.
Your insurance policy may require that you sign a proof of loss statement within a specified amount of time. You must comply with this policy requirement. If you can’t file your proof of loss within the specified amount of time, you will need to obtain a written waiver from your insurance company.
Do not sign anything regarding your auto accident claim that you do not understand.