A car crash can leave you disoriented for a few hours, days, or months. Sadly, you may not have enough time to recuperate before talking to the drivers, the insurance companies, or law enforcers. Since your emotions are all over the place and you are not in a stable mental state, it is easy to say things that can later affect your case.
Remember that the police strive to investigate and collect evidence but are not necessarily there to help you or support your case. For this reason, it is important to call your auto accident attorney before saying anything to avoid sharing any incriminating information. Here are a few things your lawyer may advise you not to say.
1. Apologize to the Other Parties Involved
When you notice that the other parties involved are seriously injured, you might be tempted to apologize even though the accident is not your fault. However, though you may be feeling sorry, you can show compassion in other ways without apologizing, such as asking if everyone is okay. Insurance companies may see apologies as admission to a fault. They could twist your intentions and claim that you were apologizing due to the guilt of causing the accident.
2. Claim That You Are Okay
Before an insurance company can compensate you for your injuries, you must prove that they were sustained from the car crash. The sad part is that some injuries sustained after an auto accident will manifest after a while. Therefore, assuming and stating that you are okay may hurt your case later. Instead of claiming you are okay when asked how you feel, say that you are unsure. You can then visit a doctor for a full medical examination to determine the severity of the injuries from the crash.
3. Urge Involved Parties to Settle Without Authorities
Not all accidents lead to serious injuries or damages. When you are involved in such minor accidents, you might be tempted to settle with the other driver without involving other parties. Although you will save time, you might soon regret it when you discover that your car sustained more severe damage than you thought. Sadly, you won't be able to pursue a formal claim by then since you will have settled the matter.
Being involved in an accident can leave you confused and devastated. However, don't let that push you into saying something you will regret later. Instead, work with a car accident attorney to determine what you should or shouldn't say. These professionals will also help you prepare an official statement to ensure you don't leave any essential details or include incriminating information.
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