Saying These 5 Things After an Accident Can Hurt Your Settlement
There’s no question that things are chaotic at the scene of a car accident. An accident can leave you shaken up, and often causes people to speak to say things without thinking. These kinds of statements can have a more significant impact than they realize.
Each year, up to 5 million people are hurt or permanently disabled after a car accident. Due to these accidents’ prevalence, it’s highly likely you might be involved in one eventually. Use the tips and information below to ensure you don’t make any potentially costly mistakes.
Keep it Zipped! Avoid Saying These Things at the Scene (Or After)
- “I’m sorry.”
- “I didn’t see you there.”
- “The accident was my fault”
- “I’m not injured”
- “I think….”
Additionally, avoid giving any official statements. There are cases where someone has issued a statement, and then the information they provide is misconstrued or manipulated by the insurance company. It’s best to wait until you are advised by a personal injury lawyer to make any statements.
Why You Need to Watch What You Say (and Who You Tell It To)
What you say to other drivers, passengers, and witnesses at the scene of an accident will rarely help you when it comes to the insurance claim or lawsuit process but can hurt your case. Statements made both at the scene and during the claims process can come back to haunt you and have a large effect on your settlement. In addition to the risk that statements you make at the scene could end up being wrong, there’s also a chance that your statements will be misunderstood or misinterpreted.
What Can You Safely Say to the Others?
Following an accident, it’s essential to ask the passengers in your vehicle if they are OK. If possible, you should also check to see if the driver and their passengers in the other car(s) require medical attention. It doesn’t matter who was at fault. It’s essential to remain calm and ensure everyone involved is OK and call for help.
After checking for injuries, there isn’t much else you need to say. For insurance purposes, you can exchange names and contact information, but avoid accusing or apologizing. While you are waiting for help to arrive, you should take pictures and move your vehicle out of the way if possible.
Call the Experienced Auto Accident Attorneys at Zanes Law
If you or a loved one were involved in an accident, please contact the injury lawyers at Zanes Law at 833-890-8329 for a free consultation about your case. Our experienced auto accident attorneys are prepared to serve as your legal representatives in any dealings or discussions with insurance companies, and make sure your rights and interests are protected.
Insurance companies often try to get people to settle a claim quickly by dangling a fast check in front of them. Don’t be tricked. Call Zanes Law for a free case evaluation before you speak with or sign any papers your insurance company.
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