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What Not to Say After an Auto Accident

Thursday, June 29, 2017

Everyone knows that when it comes to legal dealings, what you say can be important. All it takes is one wrong slip of the tongue or an off-handed phrase and it gives the defense all the ammunition they need to make sure their client wins. While some may believe what you say is only important with criminal cases, it can be just as important after an auto accident too.

Apologies

Even immediately after an auto accident when you are checking on the safety of another driver, avoid apologies. Saying you are sorry is like saying “this was my fault.” Even if it was your fault, you should avoid apologies since they will make things potentially worse for you.

Promises

Spoken promises are cheap, and often most people won’t keep them. It gives the other party certain expectations, and if they are not met, it can make them extremely upset. If you intend to keep your promise of paying for the damage, then, by all means, give them your word. However, if not, then it is best to avoid the words “I promise.”

Admitting Fault

Like apologies, admitting it was your fault should be avoided. Both parties need to wait for the fault to be determined by an investigation following the accident. Claiming the fault could mean there might not be such an investigation, and you could be shouldered with a burden that isn’t actually yours to carry.

Saying You Are Okay

If the accident wasn’t too serious, you may feel okay after the crash. However, that doesn’t mean you are. After a crash, adrenaline is high and pain response is low. You could have internal bleeding or whiplash, the symptoms of which won’t manifest until the following day. Always visit a doctor before saying that you are uninjured from a crash.

If you have been in an auto accident and even if you believe your words might have hurt your potential case, contact us today.


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