After an accident occurs, it’s natural to feel rattled and shaken.
Sometimes, people feel obligated to express their apologies to other drivers
or witnesses, even if the accident was not their fault. Although it’s
a general principle in our society to apologize whenever we inconvenience
another individual, doing so after an accident can significantly impact
your insurance claim. In this blog, we explain what you should and shouldn’t
do after a car accident.
Don’t Apologize or Say Sorry
Any kind of apology can be taken as an admission of fault by insurance
adjusters. While it might feel rude or even uncomfortable to avoid apologizing,
it’s important that you avoid doing so at all costs. Remember, you
don’t have all the facts following your accident. Some injuries
aren’t immediately apparent or visible after an accident. Your apology
can end up costing you a lot of money. Avoid reactionary statements like:
- “I didn’t see you.”
- “I wasn’t paying attention.”
- “I’m sorry about that.”
- “I’m fine.”
- “I’m okay.”
All of these statements can damage your claim.
What Can I Say?
After an accident, you will need to exchange information with the other
driver and any witnesses at the scene. It’s vital that you watch
how you respond to these people. Don’t use “I think”
statements, just stick to the facts. Only provide essential information
and try not to divulge more than you need to.
You should avoid speaking to other people about you accident as well. This
includes making social media posts about your injuries. These posts can
be taken out of context by insurers and used to deny your claim. Avoid
posting comments, pictures, or updates related to your
injury on social media sites.
Do you have more questions about what to do after a car accident? We can
help. Call (678) 321-4088 to speak with our team of Woodstock car accident
attorneys today. Se habla Español.