So often we are told what to do at the scene of a car accident. However, have we been sufficiently informed about what not to do? We learn in driving school about the ways of the road and what happens at the scene of a collision, but is there enough emphasis on what not to say or do, so that we are protecting our best interests?
The average person will get into multiple car accidents in their lifetime, whether it be a minor fender bender or a more chaotic collision. After the crash, you are likely to be shaken up, in a state of shock, and frazzled — to say the least! It will be difficult in the moments afterwards to think straight and make decisions based on logic. This is why being informed about what to do, and what not to do, beforehand is so important.
Do Not Say You Are Sorry or Admit Fault
Anyone who has been in a car accident can attest to how awkward it is. Is the other driver going to start yelling and blaming you? Was anyone seriously hurt? And will it come down to you or the other driver being held responsible? You may have the urge to apologize or something along those lines to appease the situation. Refrain from saying “I’m sorry” or admitting fault, even if you believe you are responsible.
When deciding who is deemed at-fault for the accident, statements made by you and the driver between witnesses or police can be influential forms of evidence. Saying as little as possible after the collision is one of the best things you can do to protect your best interests.
Do Not Say You Are Okay or Not Injured
After being involved in a serious injury event, our bodies may be in a state of shock, meaning that our symptoms and pains may be disguised until a later time once things have calmed down. Unfortunately, saying you are okay or not injured to the other driver, witnesses, police officer, or insurance company can affect your ability to pursue compensation if you do need medical care later on.
To ensure your health is taken care of, it is better to visit the doctor so any underlying injuries can be tended to as soon as possible.
The moments after a car accident can be uncomfortable, but remember that saying less is more effective than anything you could say in your defense. Anyone who is in need of help after a car accident may want to talk with a legal professional, similar to an Indianapolis, IN auto accident lawyer from Ward & Ward Law Firm, as quickly as possible.