In Kansas and Missouri, people who are injured in car crashes are entitled to compensation if the other driver was at fault. Responsible drivers maintain car insurance to pay any claims other people may have against them because of their negligent driving. However, insurance carriers often do whatever they can to delay or deny paying out compensation to accident victims. If you have been injured due to another driver’s negligence, you want to avoid making any of the following statements following an accident.
Five Things to Never Say After a Car Crash: “It was my fault”
If you admit the accident was your fault, you are admitting that you are liable for the resulting damage. Even though the evidence might show you are not responsible, if you say anything about being responsible for the crash at any time, you can end up jeopardizing the amount of compensation you receive.
“We Shouldn’t Call the Police”
In most cases, the law creates an obligation to call the police after a car crash. If you say anything that suggests that the police should not be contacted, this might be interpreted as you attempting to hide something, such as your fault in causing the crash.
Five Things to Never Say After a Car Crash: “I Feel Okay”
If you are involved in a crash, you can expect a lot of people to inquire about how you feel. You will likely be asked this question by other motorists, law enforcement, emergency workers, and insurance carriers. Avoid the temptation to act courageously and fight the pain because this can only lead to allegations that you are exaggerating or faking your injuries. If you feel the temptation to say you are fine, do your best, to be honest, and accurate about how you feel. The truth is that you may not yet know the full extent of your injuries. What might seem like an insignificant injury at first can later end up as a bigger problem?
“Don’t Worry About It”
Similar to telling someone you feel okay after a crash, try to avoid statements that diminish the need to be concerned or worry about the crash. Acting dismissively about your injuries following a crash might lead an insurance carrier to question whether you have exaggerated your injuries later on or whether the injuries you incurred existed before the crash happened.
Five Things to Never Say After a Car Crash: Contact a Knowledgeable Accident Attorney
If you or a loved one has been involved in an automobile accident that was caused by someone else, you need to promptly contact an experienced lawyer. We can work together to fight for the compensation you are owed for your losses. Do not hesitate to contact House Law LLC today to schedule a free case evaluation.