The Importance of Remaining Calm and Silent Following a Car Accident
By Space Coast Daily // August 29, 2020
Car accidents usually happen very unexpectedly. Sometimes people are so shaken up or in shock afterward, leading them to say or do things that they later regret. It can be really hard to remain calm after such an experience, but that is the best thing you can do.
Of course, you may be wondering what you could have done differently to prevent the accident, but there is no point to worry about something that you cannot change. It is in the human nature for people to wonder what they did to get involved in an accident, even if the car accident is not their fault.
In any case, a word of advice is to never give any statements to the police or insurance agents until you see your Houston car accident lawyer. You shouldn’t lie, but just keep quiet and ask to see your lawyer first before speaking anything regarding the accident.
Why You Should Not Speak After a Car Accident
Whatever thing you say to the police, it will certainly be recorded in their police report. That information can and will be used against you so you may lose your right for compensation. Sometimes insurance agents use those statements, that people give in panic and still in shock, to either shift the blame or to lower down and eliminate the value of the claim. Therefore, keep all information to yourself until you see your lawyer and then you can speak through him.
Things You Should Avoid Saying
Never say that you are on some kind of medication. This may not seem like a big deal to you, but taking even simple pills for headache, allergy pills, cough syrup, painkillers, or anxiety medication can be certainly used against you. Insurance agents will try everything to deny your claim including saying that you were under influence of something when the accident occurred.
Do not say that you were feeling exhausted or that you were talking on your phone when the car accident happened. Fatigue is one of the main reasons for a large number of car accidents.
However, just because you were a little sleepy it does not mean that you are at fault for the auto crash. Insurance agents will certainly make an assumption and will try everything to blame you without knowledge of all facts. Also, phone use is another major distraction for drivers, so if you say that you were speaking on the phone, that is just like admitting full guilt for the accident.
Finally, telling the other party or the police that your car has not been functioning correctly will likely give them a reason to believe that you are the trigger for the accident.
No matter if your car`s brakes are bad or your car engine produces weird noises, that is something that should be examined by an expert.
Again, do not mention this right after the accident if you do not want to be blamed for the car crash.
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