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Things to Avoid Saying After an Accident

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 accident or 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.