This segment of The Law and You focuses on what you should do in the event of an auto collision leading to serious injuries.
JOEL:This is Joel Block for The Law and You with Eugene attorney Don Corson. Don, in an auto collision with serious injuries, what should a person do?
DON:After calling for emergency medical help and the police, remember: everything you say can and will be used against you. If the other person’s insurance company wants to interview you or asks for medical records, never sign a release form or give any statement unless you have first consulted an attorney. In Oregon, there is no law requiring you to give any statements or records to the other driver’s insurance company.
JOEL: The injured person’s insurance company will investigate the accident to protect their customer’s rights, correct?
DON:Unfortunately no. If you are injured, why would your insurance company help your claim for your medical bills, wage loss, and other losses that the other insurance company should have to pay? It is usually the insurance company of the driver at fault that investigates, takes pictures, and does interviews.
JOEL: If you have a legal question, visit the CorsonJohnsonLaw.com website. The Law and You is a public service and does not replace the advice of an attorney.
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