Texas Personal Injury Blog

18 Jul. 2016

What Not to Say Following a Motor Vehicle Accident

Posted By Uvalle Law Firm, PLLC

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 “I’m sorry.”

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 your rights. 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.

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