Do I Have to Give a Recorded Statement?
There are many questions that the victim of a car accident may wish to
ask. Without proper knowledge, a claim for compensation can be denied
because the victim was not aware of the laws or how to react in the given
circumstance. One area of confusion that many
car accident victims face is whether or not they must give a recorded statement. At
the Law Office of James R. Snell, Jr., LLC, our Columbia injury lawyers
can help you find the answer to this question and many others. Without
legal knowledge, you may end up in a situation that is unfavorable to
obtaining financial compensation.
Contact one of our Columbia injury lawyers for guidance!
South Carolina Auto Accident Laws
After a car accident, it is not unusual for the adjuster to try to pressure
the victim into providing a recorded statement. If you were involved in
an accident, they may tell you that you have to provide them with a statement
in order for them to process their claim. This is not the law in South
Carolina, however. The primary reason that the insurance companies want
you to give a recorded statement is so that they can use it later to either
deny your claim altogether or to help them reduce the amount that they
must pay in settlement. Providing a recorded statement without the advisement
of a legal representative from our firm can rarely result in a favorable ending.
Pressure to Give a Recorded Statement
Typically, they will request a recorded statement immediately or very soon
after an accident and sometimes when people are still shaken up. Often
times forgotten details, or the fact that the extent of the injuries or
damages are not yet known, will make it impossible for you to provide
a full and complete account of what happened. If you find yourself in
a situation where you need to supplement or amend your statement this
may be used against you to challenge your credibility, honesty and character.
You are not required to provide a recorded statement, or a written statement,
to an insurance company as part of the claims submission process. If you
are being pressured into providing such a statement you would be advised
to seek the advice of a Columbia personal injury attorney regarding your