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Car accidents can be traumatic experiences, leaving all parties involved shaken and vulnerable. In the aftermath, emotions can run high, and what you say can significantly impact the outcome of any subsequent legal or insurance proceedings. It's crucial to choose your words carefully to avoid unintentionally admitting fault or escalating tensions.

Here are some things you should avoid saying after a car accident.

1. "It's My Fault."

Admitting fault immediately after a car accident, even if you believe it to be true, can have serious consequences. Determining fault is a complex process that involves various factors, and what may seem clear-cut at the scene might not be the case upon further investigation. It's best to refrain from making any statements of fault until all the facts have been thoroughly assessed by authorities and insurance companies.

2. "I'm Sorry."

While expressing sympathy and concern for the well-being of others involved in the accident is natural, saying "I'm sorry" can be misconstrued as an admission of guilt. Instead, focus on ensuring everyone's safety and exchanging necessary information, such as insurance details and contact information.

3. "I Didn’t See You.”

Even if you believe the other party to be at fault, admitting to not seeing them can imply negligence on your part. It's essential to refrain from making statements that could be interpreted as an acknowledgment of not paying adequate attention while driving. Stick to the facts of the accident without assigning blame.

4. "I'm Not Injured.”

Immediately after an accident, adrenaline can mask symptoms of injuries. It's essential to refrain from making definitive statements about your health until you've been properly assessed by medical professionals. Some injuries, such as whiplash or internal trauma, may not be immediately apparent but can worsen over time if left untreated.

5. "Let’s Just Settle This Between Us.”

While it may be tempting to avoid involving insurance companies or authorities to expedite the resolution of the accident, it's crucial to follow the proper protocol. Failing to report an accident to your insurance provider promptly could result in complications with your claim later on, especially if the other party decides to pursue legal action.

6. “I’ll Take Care of It, Don’t Call Your Insurance Company.”

Making promises to handle the situation without involving insurance can backfire, especially if the damages or injuries turn out to be more severe than initially anticipated. It's essential to follow the appropriate procedures and involve insurance companies to ensure that all parties are protected and adequately compensated for any losses.

7. “I Won’t Call the Police.”

Regardless of the severity of the accident, it's essential to report it to the police. A police report provides an official record of the incident, which can be invaluable for insurance claims and legal proceedings. Additionally, some jurisdictions require police involvement in accidents that result in injuries or significant property damage.

8. “I’ll Just Take Cash for the Damages.”

Accepting a cash payment for damages without involving insurance or legal documentation can leave you vulnerable to being undercompensated or facing liabilities down the line—especially if you later discover you’re injured and need medical treatment. It's essential to go through the proper channels and ensure that all agreements are documented and legally binding.

Contact Us for Legal Assistance

We at Clawson & Clawson, LLP can help if you were injured in a car accident. We understand that what you and the other party say at the accident scene matters, which is why we can help you protect your chances of recovering damages and help you avoid unintentionally assuming liability.

For more information or to request a legal consultation, contact us online.

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