Being involved in a car wreck is a very stressful event. While you’re at the scene of the crash, adrenaline might be flowing through your body. This can mask the effects of injuries, but it can also cause you to feel a rush.
Adrenaline is a stress hormone that helps people to cope with situations like car crashes. It can make you shaky and might reduce pain. It can also make you hyper and talkative, and that can lead you to speak without thinking.
It’s imperative that you take the time to consider the ramifications of everything you say after you’re involved in a crash.
Why should you watch your words?
When you’ve been in a crash, there’s a chance that you may need to seek compensation for the damages. Any admission of fault, even if it’s unintentional, can alter your ability to do this. It may also boost the other party’s chance to receive compensation from your insurer, instead.
Some statements, such as apologies, might be construed as an admission of fault. While you may simply mean, “I’m so sorry this happened,” the other person may interpret your statement as “I’m sorry I caused this to happen.” That’s a big difference.
It’s best to stick to just stating facts after a wreck so that there isn’t a chance that anyone will get the wrong idea. Ideally, speak as little as possible to the other driver involved in the wreck and give factual details to the police.
It also helps if you channel communication about the crash with the insurance company through your attorney. This adds an extra layer of protection since they’re well-versed in what’s appropriate to say and what they should avoid after a wreck. They can also work with you to seek compensation if you’re injured in a crash that’s due to the fault of another party.