Five Things to Never Say after a Crash

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Your parents might have warned you to never miss a good opportunity to shut up. At the scene of an accident, this saying is more true than everespecially if you’re at fault during the accident. After an accident, a lot of people are shaken up and they don’t realize that what they’re saying may be used against them in a personal injury claim. Even if you think there’s no way you could be at fault for the accident, you want to be extremely careful with what you tell police officers or insurance companies.

“I’m Sorry!”

It’s not unheard of for a person to say “I’m sorry” at the scene of a crash, even if it wasn’t their fault. And, if you believe you’re at fault, apologizing as soon as you open your car door may seem like the polite thing to do. However, you should refrain from apologizing at the scene of the crash, even if, from your perspective, it looked like you caused the crash. Witnesses may have seen something that would indicate the other party is actually at fault. Additionally, may be traffic cameras that show you weren’t at fault.

Admitting Fault

It may sound obvious but a lot of people instinctively admit fault when they believe they were unquestionably at fault. However, it’s a good idea to refrain from admitting fault immediately. The other driver may have been distracted or under the influence when the accident occured. Also, the insurance companies conduct their own investigation in order to determine whether or not you’re at fault. Teenagers are notorious offenders of this rule. This is likely because they’re young and inexperienced with driving and the rules of the road. If you have a teenager on the road, make sure they know to never admit fault.

“I’m Not Injured”

Don’t ever say that you’re not injuredbecause you just might be injured. Some injuries take a couple of days to show up. If you immediately say that you weren’t injured, this may be used against you if you need to file a personal injury claim. If you were injured, you’ll need to see a doctor as soon as you possibly can, preferably within three days of the accident. While you’re at the doctor’s office, make sure to ask for any imaging that could diagnose your injury. Make sure to take photographs of the injury and document what kind of pain you’re having and symptoms you’re feeling.

“I Couldn’t See…”

Any variation of the aforementioned can be seen as an admission of guilt. Things such as, “I was distracted by…”, “I couldn’t see…”, “I wasn’t looking at the road…” can be considered to be admissions of guilt. Although you aren’t explicitly telling the officer you were at fault, saying, “I wasn’t looking at the road when I hit his car” could be considered to be an admission of guilt. At the scene of an accident, the police officers write down what each party says. Though police don’t determine who’s at fault in the accident, they often offer their opinions in the police report. Therefore, you want them to think you’re as innocent as possible.

 

Speculation

Avoid any speculative statements. If you do not know the answer to a question an officer asks you, tell them that you don’t know. As previously stated, the police are writing your answers in the police report. Once something is in a police report, it’s treated as if it’s fact. If you guessed about the events of the accident, and you were incorrect, you now have to disprove it since it’s in a police report. For example, if you say that you think the other party ran a yellow light when you were turning left, but the light was really red, that changes who’s at fault in the accident.

Utah’s Epidemic of Negligent Drivers

If you were involved in a car crash, you may need the help of a personal injury attorney near you. In busy cities, like Salt Lake City, there are enough car accidents to keep every Utah personal injury attorney busy. In fact, Salt Lake City car accidents are so frequent, you can’t even drive along the freeway without seeing a billboard for a Utah personal injury attorney. If you were injured by a negligent driver, contact an attorney in your state today.

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