Being involved in a car accident is always a stressful and difficult time. While many accidents are easy to resolve, others may take more time and attention. If you are involved in a car accident, it is important to avoid saying things that could come back to haunt you if the accident must be handled in court. Below are 5 things you should not say immediately following a car accident. If you or a loved one has been hurt in an accident, contact Albright, Stoddard, Warnick & Albright for advice.
Never Say I Am Sorry
While your emotions may be running high right after an accident, it is important to never say, “I’m sorry” to the other driver involved in the accident. This may be difficult for some people, as many of us typically apologize out of habit when we are involved in something traumatic. However, this can be taken as an admission of guilt by anyone who is within earshot of your after the accident.
It Was My Fault
After an accident, you should immediately check on the welfare of the other vehicle or vehicles involved if you are able to do so. You should ask if they are all right or injured after the crash, but never admit guilt even if you feel you may be responsible for the accident. Anything you say really can be used against you later on in court if a lawsuit is filed.
Don’t Try To Explain How The Accident Happened
It is natural to feel defensive after an accident and try to explain how it happened to anyone who will listen. However, this is not always the best strategy after an accident because it may cause others to view you as the at-fault party.
Never Give Injury Details
Insurance adjusters often try to get a statement from you quickly after an accident. Never give any injury details to an insurance adjuster without speaking to a Las Vegas personal injury attorney.
Don’t Say You Will Pay
Never tell the other parties involved that you will pay for their medical bills or lost wages. This seems like an admission of guilt and it will come up in court if the case goes to trial.
If you have been hurt in an accident, contact Albright, Stoddard, Warnick & Albright for a consultation. After speaking with you, they will let you know how to move forward with your case.