Any time you’re in a collision, there are things that you should or shouldn’t say. Depending on how you handle yourself after a crash, you could hurt your chance of getting the compensation you need.
Saying the wrong thing could even end up having the unintended effect of making it seem like you were to blame.
To protect your right to a claim, here are three things you shouldn’t say after you’re in a crash.
- I’m sorry
The first thing to avoid saying is that you’re sorry for the crash. You may be used to saying you’re sorry even though you’re not at fault, but now is not the time to do so. If you apologize, the other driver or people around you may mistakenly believe that you caused the crash.
- I didn’t see you
The next thing to avoid saying is that you didn’t see the other driver. Even if you didn’t see them coming, it isn’t a good idea to let others know that you couldn’t see them coming. When you say that, it sounds like you weren’t paying attention, and others may believe that you’re to blame as a result.
- I’m fine, don’t worry about it
Finally, don’t say that you’re okay until you’ve gone through a medical exam after a crash. You might feel fine at the moment, but the reality is that many people develop symptoms within 24 to 48 hours after the collision (and sometimes even later than that).
Protect yourself by not making any claims about your health. Let a doctor check you out first.
Following these tips helps you protect your claim
If you follow these tips, you can protect your right to a claim. It’s not your responsibility to prove or disprove fault, so it’s better not to make any claims when a crash happens. Let the insurance companies do their work, and focus on doing what you need to do to protect yourself and get the medical care you need.
Later, your attorney can help you file a claim against the other driver for the injuries you’ve suffered.