Being involved in any
car accident is sure to be an unpleasant and shocking experience, even if you are not
injured. While you may feel frustrated or angry following the shock of
impact, it is imperative you stay in control of your situation and watch
what you say during this time. Making a successful car accident claim
can be difficult, especially if the involved insurance companies are in
disagreement regarding who is at fault. For this reason, it is crucial
you avoid making certain statements which can hurt your claim and make
it considerably harder to recover the compensation you deserve.
Avoid making any of the following statements:
“I’m sorry”: May people instinctually apologize after even the most innocent acts,
such as bumping into someone while crossing the street or dropping something
someone is handing them. Avoid the natural urge to offer any sort of apology
after a collision, even if you think you were at fault. Do not say anything
that could potentially be misconstrued as an acceptance of blame.
“I think”: Due to the traumatic nature of a collision and the dazed state people
can experience during its aftermath, it can be difficult to remember exact
details leading up to and immediately after a collision. While it is ok
not to know, do not attempt to guess or lie to an insurance adjuster by
providing an indefinite statement. Any ambiguity or uncertainty in your
statements will provide the insurance companies with an opportunity to
delay or deny your claim.
“I’m fine”: Similar to how people instinctively apologize, many people tend to automatically
say “I’m fine” or “I’m okay” after
being asked how they are doing. This can be a huge mistake, since insurance
companies can interpret this to mean that you are uninjured and deny coverage
for your medical expenses. Since some injuries can have symptoms which
may not surface for days or even weeks after a collision, it is best to
simply stay silent or say that you wish to seek medical attention.
Get Clawson & Clawson LLP on Your Side
If you have been injured in a traffic accident, you need to retain the
services of a knowledgeable attorney who can fight for full compensation
on your behalf. At Clawson & Clawson LLP, our
Colorado Springs personal injury lawyers have more than 120 years of combined legal experience and can provide
the aggressive advocacy you need to maximize your financial recovery.
If we do not win, you do not pay us a dime. Call (719) 602-5888 to discuss
your claim in detail.