What To Say, And Not Say, In An Auto Accident


If you were recently in an auto accident, then your emotions are probably running high and you may be overwhelmed at the situation at hand. Despite the stress you may be under, try not to forget that what you say, and what you do not say, can be impactful in your auto accident claim. If you are not careful of your words, you could make statements unintentionally that can be used against you and affect your ability to receive compensation. Here are examples of phrases to not say, in addition to other mistakes to avoid, if you find yourself in a car accident.

Do Not Say You Are Sorry

Be concerned for your safety and the other driver.  It can be easy to feel bad for the other driver in the situation too, even if the accident was not your own fault. You may see that they’re injured, their car may be totaled, and it can feel really awkward to be put in this kind of interaction. Many people may apologize or say “I’m sorry”  in an attempt to neutralize the situation, but by saying this it can be used to show that you accepted guilt and responsibility for what happened. Even if you meant to say that you are sorry that the person is injured or that they’ll be late to work, avoid using apologetic words so they are not misconstrued later.

Do Not Agree To Handle It Alone

If an accident is just a minor fender bender or scratch, you may be tempted to not call the police or report it to your insurance company. If the other driver does not have insurance, they may be pressuring you even more to do this. But under no circumstances should you agree to handle it on your own. Each accident, regardless of how minor it was, must be reported to the police and your insurance company. If you do not contact law enforcement or let your insurance agent know about what happened, it then becomes your word against the other driver, and it will be much more difficult to collect compensation for your own injuries and damages.

Do Not Post Anything On Social Media

As an automobile accident lawyer from Cohen & Cohen explains, it is best to avoid talking about the accident on social media. What may be just a small detail to you can actually jeopardize the amount of compensation you receive in your claim. Do not post photos of your injuries or the damage to your vehicle. And do not post about your activity as your claim is being handled. Because what may be an innocent post to you, may be used to show that you were not as seriously injured as you claim. Do not use social media and be sure to talk with your lawyer so that they can help you avoid other potential mistakes along the way. You can depend on your personal injury lawyer to offer advice about what to do, and what not to do, if you find yourself in a serious auto accident.