What To Say (And What Not To Say) After A Car Accident
As a Corpus Christi law firm providing car accident attorney services, we often work with clients who have been injured in a car accident. Personal injury lawsuits are sometimes short, simple, and easy to prove that a client has been injured due to the negligence of another driver. Other times, a car accident attorney can struggle to win a case for their client due to previous statements that a client has made to police officers, insurance companies, or on social media.
After a car accident, there are a few phrases you should feel comfortable saying. There are always a few things that you should refrain from saying. We’ll cover both in today’s blog so you can ensure that the law and the skill of your car accident attorney have time to come into full play.
As always, if you have been injured in a car accident, be sure to contact our personal injury law firm and speak with a car accident lawyer. We proudly serve a wide range of Texas, including Corpus Christi, Houston, San Antonio, Austin, Dallas, and more.
Phrases to Remember After a Car Crash
“I will not give a statement until I speak with a car accident attorney.”
Insurance adjusters will likely be coming after you to receive recorded statements. This is never a good idea, as you might accidentally misspeak or say something that could lose you the compensation you deserve. Be sure to contact a car accident lawyer as soon as possible after an accident for legal guidance throughout the process.
“I deserve more compensation than this.”
You never want to accept a settlement that is clearly less than what you deserve or will not cover the entire costs of treatment, lost wages, and other expenses that come after a car accident. Don’t be afraid to be firm and speak with a car accident attorney before signing any settlements.
“My emotional trauma is just as important as my physical trauma.”
This one is difficult for many people to admit, but it is important to understand that car accidents cause more than physical trauma. They can also cause emotional distress. Many people experience PTSD after a car accident or they may be unable to continue working in their current profession, leading to not only a loss of income but a loss of purpose. Perhaps a loved one or pet was killed in an accident and now you are dealing with the emotional suffering related to this.
While you deserve compensation for medical bills, physical therapy, and medicine, you also deserve compensation for potentially lifelong emotional duress resulting from the accident.
“I am going to see a medical professional.”
Even if you step out of your car and feel absolutely fine, go see a doctor and let the other party know you will be visiting a doctor. Say you are rear-ended and the at-fault driver runs up to your car saying, “Are you okay? Do you need to see a doctor?” If you say, “Yes, I’m fine. No, I don’t need to see a doctor,” this can later be used against you. Always play it safe and seek medical attention.
“I’m going to call the police.”
Many people believe that if there are no injuries and both cars are drivable that you don’t need to get the police involved. You might even wind up in an accident with another party who begs you to not call the police. However, filing a police report immediately after an accident can be beneficial during a personal injury lawsuit and will be especially important if it is found that the other driver was under the influence of drugs or alcohol or does not have insurance.
It is always best if a police officer can meet you at the scene. That said, if you feel like the other driver is being threatening or may get violent if you contact the police, let them go after gathering as much information as you safely can and contact the police department afterward to report the incident.
Phrases to Avoid After a Car Crash
“I’m so sorry, that was my fault.”
We know that no one wants to get involved in an accident. Whether you rear-ended someone, stepped on your brakes to prevent colliding with another car, or did anything else that might determine liability, do not apologize or say anything else that could be implied to mean you are admitting fault.
We often have a tendency to be over polite with strangers, especially when we may have just caused an accident. Stick to the facts, be cordial, and let the courts or the police determine fault.
“I’m not injured, I feel fine.”
Car wreck injuries often do not show up right away. Sometimes they take weeks to appear. Do not assume you are uninjured just because you walked away. Instead, be sure to receive a medical checkup and keep a log of how you are feeling over the following weeks, documenting things like headaches, dizziness, neck and back pain, or other unusual symptoms. Do not give any recorded statements or sign any documents from an insurance company that says you are not injured.
If You’re A Victim Of An Auto Accident, Call Us
The team at Alex R. Hernandez Jr. PLLC is here to handle your personal injury case. Whether you are looking for a Houston car accident attorney or a lawyer to handle your car accident case elsewhere in Texas, we can help. Contact any of our Texas law offices today to get started.