Jeffrey Johnson is a legal writer with a focus on personal injury. He has worked on personal injury and sovereign immunity litigation in addition to experience in family, estate, and criminal law. He earned a J.D. from the University of Baltimore and has worked in legal offices and non-profits in Maryland, Texas, and North Carolina. He has also earned an MFA in screenwriting from Chapman Univer...

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UPDATED: May 7, 2012

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Insurance Question from Casselberry, FL

Asked on 05/07/2012

What can be done if a person I got into an accident with (myfault) gave my insurance company a bunch of false information? I got into a car "bump" in a parking lot outside the university I attend. It was my fault. Minimal damage to his bumper, and my tail light was broken. However, when he called me after speaking with my insurance company, he informed that he told them a bunch of false information, so they would "go easier on me." He told them it happened on Saturday, when it really happened on Friday. He told them my car was white, when it was red. He told them if was in a parking lot at a mall far away, instead of near campus. I feel like someone needs to be done here. Please help. Thank you.

Answer given on May 07, 2012

It’s hard to imagine why the other party in the accident would give false information to the adjuster when making a claim. The information given by him really has little effect on the claim since what he said was not really a factor in determining fault. In addition it could jeopardize the other party’s ability to collect for any damage if the adjuster finds out the information given was intentionally false.The adjuster will call you and get your statement regardng the accident. You should give all truthful information. It is up to you whether you want to tell the adjuster what the other party told you. Again, what was said did not really affect the claim since you have admitted fault, but the adjuster may do some additional investigating if he learns the other party lied about the details of the accident, and could end up getting him a record for lying to insurance companies.


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