Should I Talk To The Other Driver’s Insurance After An Accident?

After being in a car or motor vehicle accident, you’re likely overwhelmed with a ton of information. Not only are you managing your injuries or the injuries of a loved one, you’re now inserted into a vastly bureaucratic and confusing system of liability, settlements, and court proceedings. 

You may be asked to speak with the other party’s insurance provider in that overwhelmed state. While on the surface, this action may seem harmless, nothing can undermine the viability of your case more than speaking with the opposing party’s insurance – and they know it!

In this guide, we’ll examine this answer in more detail, explaining why you shouldn’t speak to the other driver’s insurance after your accident and what you should do instead. 

However, even if you already have spoken to the other party’s insurance, it isn’t the end of the world. If this describes your situation, our Oklahoma City car accident lawyers can help. Call us at (405) 397-1717 or book your free, no-obligation case review and consultation online today. We’d be happy to discuss your case and see how we can help. 

Why Is It A Bad Idea To Speak To The Other Driver’s Insurance?

We strongly recommend not speaking with an opposing party’s insurance. Here’s why.

Insurance companies might try to get you to accept fault for the accident. 

An insurance adjuster for the other party involved in the accident is trying to mitigate the amount the company has to pay you. To do this, they’ll try to get you to accidentally take on partial responsibility for the accident. 

Under Oklahoma’s modified comparative negligence doctrine, damages paid out are reduced proportionally to how at fault an individual was for the accident. If an individual is over 50 percent at fault for the accident, they are fully responsible. But if an insurance adjuster causes a victim to accidentally claim they were partially at fault for the accident, that reduces the amount that the victim can receive in damages – even if the other party was primarily at fault.  

Insurance companies may try to pressure you into accepting a low settlement. 

Another reason an insurance adjuster may call is to offer you a settlement. Typically, these first or second offers are insultingly low, and you should not accept them. Their goal is to pressure you into taking a subpar offer, which saves their company money. 

Insurance companies may try to undermine your injuries, pain, and suffering. 

Most insurance companies record their calls and will tell you they are doing so. Anything on that recording can be used as support for why they can pay you less. While it’s best to keep your answers limited and brief when speaking with insurance, it’s even better not to engage with them at all so you’re not open to that risk. 

Defend Against Insurance Companies

When dealing with insurance companies after a car accident, having a personal injury lawyer to consult is a critical advantage. A lawyer can work with all insurance companies involved in the case so you’re paid the compensation you’re rightly owed after your accident. 

If you need a trusted Oklahoma City car accident attorney, call us today at (405) 397-1717 or book a case review online