Things You Should Never Say After a Car Accident

Posted By Matthew Clawson || 14-Oct-2016

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:

  1. “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.
  2. “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.
  3. “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.

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