The insurance adjuster seems to offer a friendly voice of reason after your stressful car accident. They call you to chat about the details at a time when you’re hoping to receive an insurance payout and move on with your life.

Not so fast! The insurance adjuster isn’t your friend. Their goal is to press you for information, use your own words against you, and find ways to minimize your claim.

Insurance companies prefer to pay as little as possible for covered accidents. You could inadvertently say something to an insurance adjuster that harms your case, so avoid saying the following things.

“It’s All My Fault”

Never admit any level of fault to an insurance adjuster and don’t apologize for what happened. Admitting fault can harm your case by either preventing you from winning your claim entirely or lowering the total value of your accident claim.

California is a comparative negligence state, which means each party’s level of blame will be evaluated and compared. If you admit some level of fault, your accident compensation will be reduced by your proportion of responsibility.

“I Guess …”

Don’t speculate, make guesses, or share assumptions about what happened. When you’re asked a question, give short answers that focus on the basic facts of the accident.

Similarly, don’t provide extra details that aren’t necessary. In a discussion about the speed limit on the road at the scene of your accident, don’t volunteer whether you were speeding or guess what it says in the police report.

Also, don’t get lured into a casual discussion about your personal life, like whether you enjoy taking road trips or being part of a car club. Any details you provide could be twisted and used against you later.

“Everything is Okay”

Don’t tell the insurance adjuster that you’re feeling fine or everything is okay now. Even if you feel the urge to downplay what happened so you can move forward from the accident, keep in mind that the insurance adjuster will take this as an admission that you were never injured and might even accuse you of making a false insurance claim.

You’re also not obligated to describe your injuries or give an update on your medical progress. The details of your medical situation can be kept between yourself and your doctor until you work with a lawyer to create a demand letter for the insurance company.

“My Social Security Number is …”

In California, you are not required to give an insurance adjuster your social security number. Maintain tight control of your personal data and refuse to provide details unless you’ve already cleared it with your lawyer in advance.

“Yes, You Can Record This”

Don’t allow a taped recording of your discussion with the insurance adjuster. It’s your right to decline a recorded statement and the insurance company is not permitted to decline your claim simply because you refused to be recorded.

“I Agree” or “I Accept” or “I Will Sign”

Never agree to anything, say you accept any terms, or sign anything until you talk to a California car accident lawyer about your case. This could sacrifice your rights and stop your case in its tracks, making it impossible to build a high-value insurance claim.

“I Don’t Have a Lawyer”

Perhaps the biggest mistake of all would be to handle your case without a lawyer’s help. Although it’s within your rights to manage your case alone, we don’t recommend it.

Insurance companies typically make lower offers to car accident victims who don’t have legal representation. They assume your costs will be lower and hope that you don’t have the legal knowledge to demand everything you deserve.

Contact the experienced car accident team at Sally Morin Personal Injury Lawyers as soon as possible. We have the talent it takes to help you say and do the right things to pursue a successful insurance claim. Unlike the insurance adjuster, we’re here to help you!

We Handle Your Accident Claim With Care

After a car accident, please reach out to the attorney team at Sally Morin Personal Injury Lawyers before you speak to the insurance adjuster. We handle many areas of personal injury law, including traffic accidents. We believe you should be able to focus on recovering from your accident while we handle the legal details. Call 877-380-8852 today for a free case evaluation.

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My husband was in a car accident. The responsible party had State Farm Insurance. I believed that was a trusted name and I could get a fair settlement. Unfortunately State Farm was only offering to pay the medical bills plus a tiny bit more. What I was asking for for a few days lost wages was very fair. I asked Sally Morin for help. Later that same week she had got me so much more than I was originally requesting. She is amazing. After paying her fees, we had plenty to cover the bills and the lost wages plus pain and suffering. The best part was it was so easy for me. Sally Morrin took care of everything. She was honest from the start on what she felt our case was worth. (We got more than that!)

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After an injury, contact the attorneys at Sally Morin Personal Injury Lawyers. We handle many areas of the law, including pedestrian and car accidents that involve speeding. We believe you should be able to focus on recovering while we handle the legal details.

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KNOW HOW TO PROTECT YOURSELF AFTER AN ACCIDENT

It is essential to know your rights after a traffic accident so you can protect yourself and the value of your claim.
This guide will help you:

  • 1Know what to do when dealing with insurance claims, police reports and lawyers.
  • 2Avoid making mistakes that undermine the value of your claim
  • 3Put yourself in a position to get the best settlement possible