Getting into a car accident can be extremely frightening, painful, and worrisome, even if no injuries are sustained. From knowing what to do immediately following the wreck to dealing with insurance companies for damages, there’s a lot to consider.
One of the most important things following a car crash is knowing what to say—and perhaps more importantly, what not to say.
Here are three things you should never say following a car wreck:
#1 – “I’m sorry” or “I apologize.”
While it may be a knee-jerk reaction to apologize after a crash in order to reduce the tension in the air, it’s not a good idea to do so. Even though you may not be responsible for the accident, saying sorry can be seen as an admission of guilt in the eyes of the insurance company.
Avoid any confusion altogether by not saying “sorry.”
#2 – “I’m not injured.”
Just because you don’t feel seriously hurt immediately after the wreck, that does not mean you will walk away from the crash completely unharmed.
You see, it is common for injured accident victims not to feel any pain following a crash because the adrenaline in the brain takes over. Unless you’ve been checked out by a medical professional, it’s best not to say that you are not hurt right after a crash.
#3 – “I don’t have a lawyer.”
Even if you don’t intend to hire an attorney to help with your car accident case, it’s still in your best interest not to tell anyone that. People might think they can take advantage of you if they think you don’t have a lawyer, so unless you are hiring an attorney, it’s best not to say anything about it.
If you’ve been injured in a car accident that wasn’t your fault, you may be entitled to compensation. Let us see if we can help you recover it.
Call Templeton Smithee Hayes Heinrich & Russell, LLP today. We represent clients in the Texas panhandle and Eastern New Mexico.