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Things to Avoid Saying after a Car CrashBy Pyle Law, June 08 2020 8:22 am
If you did not cause your car accident, the financial responsibility lies with the driver or drivers who did. You should not have to pay for your injuries or your property damage. Unfortunately, many car accident victims actually make their claim more challenging by saying something suspect or incriminating at the scene of the accident. Of course, the victims don’t mean to hinder their claim in this way, but the other party’s insurance company and their legal team can and will take anything a victim says and use it against them. Whether or not you used one or more of these phrases after your car accident, it’s essential that you get in touch with an experienced Kansas car accident attorney as soon as possible.
For many victims, it is human nature to apologize after an accident. They might apologize to their own passengers, the other driver, the law enforcement officer, the paramedics, and even people who have stopped to render aid. It is imperative that you avoid apologizing at the scene of the accident. Any apology, no matter whom it is directed at, can be construed as an admission of guilt, which will likely serve to reduce the compensation you are eligible to receive.
Even if you do believe you are at fault for the accident or did not see the other party involved just before the accident, do not speak these phrases. Admitting fault at the scene or saying something that makes one presume you were at fault, will be of detriment when it comes time to settle or litigate your case even when you have the representation of a seasoned Kansas car accident lawyer.
Stating that you are not injured or providing an inventory of your injuries at the scene can also decrease the chances of success when seeking compensation for your damages. For most people involved in a car accident, there is no way to fully ascertain the extent of their injuries. Telling anyone at the scene that you are not hurt or verbalizing all of your injuries will be taken by the other insurance company as a final account of your injuries. If you discover injuries or more injuries at a later date, their attorneys will likely imply that you either sustained the additional injuries after the car accident or that you are lying about your injuries.
The less you say at the scene of your accident, the better. Save the details and your questions for your Kansas car accident attorney. Schedule a case consultation with an attorney as soon as possible after your accident. They can advise you as to what you should and shouldn’t say in regards to your accident and injuries going forward. Call 620-374-9299 or use our online contact form to schedule your free case consultation with a Kansas car accident attorney at Pyle Law today.