Is an insurance company allowed to make you sign a settlement before providing full details?

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Is an insurance company allowed to make you sign a settlement before providing full details?

A tractor trailer totalled our car and was at fault.
A police report was filed. The insurance
company of the trucking company refuses to
provide our insurance company or us any
details about the settlement until we sign
saying that we will go with them instead of our
insurance company.

Thanks,
Larry

Asked on July 20, 2018 under Accident Law, Pennsylvania

Answers:

SJZ, Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 3 years ago | Contributor

They can refuse to provide information without you signing something first--they have no obligation to provide information to non-customers of theirs outside of litigation (a lawsuit). You can refuse to sign and sue their driver if you believe he was at fault (and if your own insurer does not compensate you, since you can't get double compensation for the same damage). In the lawsuit, there are mechanisms called "discovery" to get information from the other side, like written questions ("interrogatories"), document production requests, and depositions, which they would have to respond to. So yes, they can refuse to provid you the information without you siging the agreement, and you can in turn say "no thanks" and sue their driver (and also the owner of the truck, if that's not the same person as the driver; and the driver's employer, if he was working for someone else).


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