Experienced Car Accident Attorney Advises Clients To Call Police and Shut Up At An Accident Scene Until The Police Arrive
As an experienced Philadelphia car accident lawyer for over 30 years who has handled thousands of car accident cases, I have all too many times seen clients make statements that will be used against their interests to another party or witness after a car accident. If you have been in a car accident, the best thing to do is calmly exchange information with the other party and not to say anything about fault or too much about injuries. Don’t make any excuses that you are on medication, lost your job, or having a personal crisis. These statements can be used against you when the insurance company denies liability or tries to settle the case as cheaply as possible.
Many times, so many of the insurance companies assign a claims adjuster to contact you immediately and they will attempt to take a statement. Do not talk to any adjusters without speaking to a lawyer, and if he is there to look at your car, just let him look at your car. No need for commentary or cross examination or questions about fault at this stage. Many times these insurance adjusters will try to settle on the spot for a cheap price or coerce you into using a preferred insurance company repair shop which may use secondary market non-original or used parts. The claims adjuster knows many tricks in the book to try to settle the case on behalf of the company as inexpensively as possible and most of them are not looking out for your interests but rather for the bottom line profitability of their company. I have seen all too many cases compromised by people making statements that they wish they had not made after it was too late. It is best to only relay the basic information about the case and to contact an experienced car accident attorney to act as your mouthpiece when dealing with the insurance companies.
The experienced Philadelphia car accident lawyers of Reiff & Bily have been assisting tens of thousands of victims and their families injured in car accidents since 1979. Recently we joined forces with the legendary Beasley Firm to create the Beasley Reiff Law Group and together our attorneys have been awarded over $2 billion dollars since 1957. We always offer a free, no obligation consultation. For more information, contact us toll free at 1-800-421-9595 or online at www.reiffandbily.com.