Being involved in an accident is never fun. It can be emotionally taxing, not to mention the physical effects it has on your body. You’re never really prepared for an accident but there are some things you want to know and keep in mind in case of a car accident.
For the average person, car accidents and the related events that follow are fairly unknown. Insurance companies are well versed in all things accident-related and are the experts when it comes to finding ways to keep money within their company. Luckily, car accident attorneys are equally as well versed in accident aftermath, so we have a few tips to share regarding what not to say at the scene of your car accident.
Don’t apologize at the scene or afterwards
It’s a natural instinct to say “I’m sorry” after an accident. While it is understandable that you would want to apologize and offer your sympathies with the other party, you must understand that the line between compassion and admission of guilt is very thin.
When you apologize, your words could be used against you and you could be setting yourself up to have a tough time when it comes to gaining fair compensation. We urge you to not admit fault in any way. It can be difficult to truly understand what has just happened in the heat of the moment. It’s important to give yourself time and speak with a professional to determine who was at fault.
Do not comment on the state of your injuries or lack of injury
Again, if you tell the other party that you’re okay or you’re fine, you could be setting yourself up to have your words used against you. Try to keep your comments to yourself, especially when they pertain to your health and/or injuries.
It’s difficult to really tell the severity of any injuries directly after an accident, so it can be important to take some time and visit professional medical personnel regarding any injuries that you did sustain. This will give you a better understanding of how your body will need to heal, and therefore, what compensation will ultimately be required.
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Don’t talk about the accident
The easiest way to be sure that you don’t say anything that could come back to ruin your case is to keep the chatting to a minimum. Don’t talk about the accident, don’t talk about your injuries, don’t claim fault or place blame on the other driver. Make sure everyone involved is okay, call emergency services, gather information, and contact an attorney as soon as possible.
There are definitely some nuances when it comes to car accidents, but it can be easy to remember, just stay calm and don’t say too much. Leave the investigating and blame game to the professionals.
If you have recently been involved in a car accident and have specific questions regarding the aftermath of your accident, please reach out to one of our experienced attorneys.