You have just been involved in a motor vehicle accident and you assess
the situation. You’re fine, so you get out to speak with the other
driver. This is the point after a
car crash that many drivers make one of the biggest mistakes in this unfortunate
situation: they say something that can be used against them, making it
seem like they are at fault, even if they are not. It is important to
know what is okay to say after a collision, but it is also just as important
to know what not to say. One of the things that you should not say is
When one party apologizes, it can be construed as admitting fault in the
crash. Other phrases can be used in a similar manner, such as “I
didn’t even see you there,” or “I should have paid more
attention.” These are all things that you wouldn’t want to
tell the other person involved in the crash, even if you believe you were
at fault. This is essentially admitting that you are to blame and you
can lose out on any kind of benefits. Keep in mind, the moments following
a crash are confusing and people tend to panic. Just because you may think
that it is your fault doesn’t mean it was.
There are also certain things that you can tell the insurance company that
would make it seem as though you were responsible for the crash. As such,
before speaking with anyone from the insurance company, ensure you make
it known that you would like them to speak with your attorney or that
you will not make any recorded statements without your attorney present.
The insurance company may ask you to discuss the details of the crash
and in some cases, they may hope that you make a statement they can use
to either diminish or deny your claim.
Remember to remain calm after the collision, as well. Far too often, people
let their emotions take over when someone else crashes into them. So much
so, that they become angry and start yelling out profanity-laced rants
or even threats. It is important to make sure you are not saying things
that can be construed as a threat. Not only can it hurt your potential
claim, but it can cause criminal problems for you in the future, creating
even more obstacles that you will need to overcome.
Before you talk to anyone or say something you may regret, make sure you
talk to an attorney who can help explain the right things to say and the
wrong things to say. This can be a big difference between being successful
in your claim and walking away with a settlement less than favorable or
no settlement at all. You want to make sure your rights are protected.
If you or someone you love has sustained an injury as the result of a car
crash, it is important to speak with someone you can trust to fight for
Call Uvalle Law Firm, PLLC to discuss your potential claim. Our Dallas car accident lawyers can explain
the process to you and help guide you through the difficult times, such
as discussing the collision with the insurance company and seeking compensation.
We want to help you walk away with the result you desire and we have the
ability to help you recover the compensation you deserve. Call today.