When you have an auto accident, there is usually an at-fault party. If someone else is responsible for the accident, you want to make sure that you protect your right to be compensated for your injuries and property damage. To protect yourself, you must be very careful about what you do at the scene of the accident. One of the things you need to pay attention to is what you say. Here are a few things that many people say at auto accidents that can ruin your case.
You should never apologize or say the words “I’m sorry” to anyone involved in the accident, including witnesses. Even if you are only saying that you are sorry someone is hurt because you are being empathetic, this can be held against you later. If you apologize or show empathy, it could be argued later that you admitted fault.
If you know that the other party is at fault, you should not admit to any wrongdoing that you may have done before or after the accident. For example, if you were slightly speeding but it didn’t contribute to the accident, there is no need to admit your speed to the other party. It is important, however, that if asked directly by an officer, you answer honestly.
You should not volunteer any information that is not asked of you. You need only provide the other party with your name and contact information, as well as your insurance information. You do not need to give them any additional information, nor should you. Even if you think that the information you are providing could be helpful, it is important to keep your peace and try not to say more than is necessary.
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