Although being in a car accident can be an unsettling experience, it’s important to be aware of what you say following the crash. Saying certain things could make you liable for the accident and cause you to be denied compensation. Here are 4 things you should never say after being involved in a crash.
1. “My Car Wasn’t Operating Correctly”
If your car was in need of maintenance that you didn’t obtain, you could be found negligent and responsible for the collision. If your brakes weren’t working right, a headlight was out, or your car had some other problem, it’s not something you should discuss after being in a wreck.
2. “I Was Very Tired”
Driving while tired can be considered neglectful or careless driving and may cause your insurance company to find you at fault — in whole or in part — for the accident. Also, even if you were tired while driving, you may not have caused the accident.
3. “I Was Using My Phone”
Possibly the most damaging thing you can say after an accident is that you were on the phone at the time of the accident, either talking or texting. Even if you didn’t cause the accident, admitting to being on the phone could cause you to lose compensation for the crash.
4. “I Take Medication”
Driving while under the influence of medication, even those that are prescribed to you, can be dangerous and may be considered reckless by your insurance company and potentially even the police. Typically, it is not necessary to disclose any of the medications you are prescribed or were taking at the time of the accident.
What Should You Say?
The most important thing you can say after a car accident is nothing. You may provide your identifying information and car insurance information, as well as request the same from the other driver. However, it is better to leave determining what caused the accident and who may be at fault to the professionals.
If you have been in a car accident, you may be eligible for compensation to cover the damages you’ve incurred. Contact a car accident attorney at the Pepper & Odom Law Firm today for a consultation to discuss the accident and to learn more about your rights. Call now at (601) 202-1111 or (205) 250-1107 to discuss your unique needs. We are available now to assist you.