“Should I Give a Statement to the Truck Company’s Insurance Carrier?”
In the aftermath of a truck accident, the trucking company’s insurance carrier may seek to get a recorded statement from you. The situation may still be evolving, with a crash scene investigation still underway, liability yet to be determined, and evidence to be collected and evaluated. Many of our clients ask us, “Should I give a statement to the trucking company’s insurer?”
The short answer is no. Do NOT give a recorded statement to the truck company’s insurance carrier, at least before talking with an experienced truck accident lawyer.
Unfortunately, the truck insurance company is incentivized to pay as little as possible on your potential claim as possible, and in many cases, these companies will use “tricks” to avoid paying.
In this blog post, we’ll examine what you should do if you’re asked to give a recorded statement to the trucking company’s insurance carrier after a truck accident, and why you should first talk with an experienced truck accident lawyer in order to protect your legal rights.
Wait for the Truck Accident Investigation
Truck accident cases are complex. There is often a lot of evidence to sift through, witnesses to identify and interview, and liability is often contested. In some cases, the truck’s black box needs to be obtained in order to determine the conditions and circumstances immediately surrounding the accident.
The point is, in the immediate aftermath of a truck accident, much is unclear. You may be disoriented, suffering from injury, and unable to recount key details of the crash. Under these circumstances, you should not give a statement to any insurance company, as they may try to “trick” you into admitting fault in order to avoid paying your injury claim.
Cooperate with Law Enforcement
Even though you should never immediately give a recorded statement to the trucking company’s insurance carrier, you should cooperate with law enforcement. Be open and honest with the responding officer, and remember that anything you say can and will be used against you. Stay calm, and be factual.
The accident report will play an important role in your truck accident claim or lawsuit, and it’s important that you tell your side of the story clearly and honestly.
Talk with an Experienced Truck Accident Lawyer
If you’ve been injured in a truck accident, the most important thing is to seek immediate medical care. After that, however, talk with an experienced truck accident lawyer in order to protect your legal rights.
Do NOT give a recorded statement to the trucking company’s insurance carrier before first talking with an experienced truck accident lawyer.
A truck accident attorney can help organize a comprehensive accident investigation, even bringing in accident reconstructionists and trucking safety experts when necessary to help prove liability.
Once the facts of the truck crash have been determined, your truck accident lawyer can help prepare you for an official statement to the insurance company. He or she will walk you through the entire process in order to protect your legal rights and strengthen your potential injury claim or lawsuit.
“Never give a recorded statement to an insurance carrier without first talking with an experienced injury lawyer.”
–Gene Riddle, attorney, Riddle & Brantley
“The trucking company’s insurance carrier is asking for a statement. What should I do?”
If you’ve been injured in a truck accident and the trucking company’s insurance carrier has requested a recorded statement, do NOT give a statement until first talking with an experienced truck accident lawyer.
For a FREE consultation with a North Carolina truck accident lawyer at Riddle & Brantley, please call 1-800-525-7111 or complete the fast and easy form below.
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Please call 1-800-525-7111 today and let’s review your claim. You deserve justice and you may be entitled to compensation.
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Results for Those Injured in North Carolina Truck Accidents
In one recent case, we recovered total compensation of $1.8 million on behalf of a client who suffered serious injury in a truck accident while on the job. In another truck accident case, we negotiated total compensation of $9.45 million in separate settlements on behalf of surviving loved ones of a family of four that was killed in a highway accident involving multiple tractor-trailers (see disclaimer below).
“This settlement changed me and my family’s lives.”
–Linda B., Riddle & Brantley client
Don’t let an insurance adjuster or representative “trick” you into losing your legal rights. If you’ve been injured in a truck accident and asked for an official statement by the insurance company, call our truck accident lawyers immediately.
We will investigate the truck accident, advise you on your legal options, and help prepare you for an official statement to the trucking company’s insurance carrier. If you decide to hire us to represent you, we will fight tirelessly on your behalf for the compensation you need and deserve.
Call 1-800-525-7111 today and let’s review your truck accident injury claim. You deserve justice and we would love to help however we can.
Justice Counts for those injured in truck accidents and at Riddle & Brantley we are determined to help victims seek the justice and compensation they deserve.
*** Disclaimer: The results mentioned are intended to illustrate the type of cases handled by the firm. These results do not guarantee a similar outcome, and they should not be construed to constitute a promise or guarantee of a particular result in any particular case. Every case is different, and the outcome of any case depends upon a variety of factors unique to that case.