You may know the steps to take following a car accident, but have you ever considered that there are certain things you shouldn’t say after a wreck?
Here’s what you need to know:
Don’t Say These 5 Things After a Collision
#1 - “I’m sorry.”
It is in our nature to apologize when something bad happens—even if it’s not our fault. However, saying sorry after a car accident can put you at a serious disadvantage. Apologizing can be understood as an admission of fault, which can impact your claim and settlement amount.
#2 - “I’m not injured.”
It is common for many injured accident victims not to feel the pain right away from injuries sustained in a car accident. The stress of the situation can cause your mind to block the pain receptors in your brain. However, this does not mean you are completely unharmed. Never say you are not injured after a car accident until after you’ve been cleared by your doctor.
#3 - “I don’t have a lawyer.”
Whether or not you intend to hire legal representation, it’s never wise to say that you don’t have a lawyer. If the other party knows you don’t have a lawyer, they may try to take advantage of you.
#4 - “I accept.”
If the other party’s insurance company comes to you with a settlement offer that’s much lower than the amount you expected to receive, do not accept it. It’s in the insurance company’s best interest to settle claims quickly, but that’s not necessarily in your best interest. It’s best to speak with an attorney to decide on a settlement amount that’s fair and reasonable.
#5 - “I think…”
Don’t ever attempt to speculate on any information relevant to your case. If you are asked a question that you don’t know the answer to, tell them that. Don’t attempt to guess or make any assumptions about anything that happened. If you’re not absolutely certain, say you don’t know.
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