Every year, there are more than 10 million car accidents across the United States. These accidents range in severity from fender benders to multi-car pileups, and result in thousands of fatalities and over 2 million injuries each year. With so many accidents, the odds are, every driver will experience at least one. In fact, according to the auto insurance industry the average driver can expect to be involved in three to four traffic accidents during their lifetime. Therefore, it is important to know exactly what to do and what NOT to do after an accident. After all, even the most innocent statement can be misconstrued and twisted against you.
In fact, it is advisable to avoid discussing anything after a car accident. While you do need to exchange contact and insurance information, avoid discussing the accident with the other driver. And, if you have any questions or concerns, you should always confer with an attorney.
Never say “I’m sorry” after a car accident. While it may be instinctive to apologize immediately following an accident, this phrase can often be taken out of context. It can be taken as an admission of guilt even if the accident wasn’t your fault.
“I’m Not Hurt”
Often, after a traumatic car accident, you will have adrenaline running through your body. This adrenaline often masks injuries and pain. Following an accident, you should never say “I’m fine, I didn’t get hurt.” It is important to get to your doctor or hospital to be examined as soon as possible after an accident, even if you do not believe that you are injured.
The other driver’s insurance company will probably attempt to settle quickly in an effort to save money. You should never say, “I accept” to any offer they present, without first consulting an experienced car accident attorney about the true value of your case.
When speaking to the police officer after the accident, never volunteer any information. Answer the officer’s questions truthfully and as accurately as you can, but never offer additional information. Don’t guess about anything concerning the accident. Never attempt to speculate your speed at the time of the accident, or your distance from the other vehicle. When in doubt simply say, “I don’t know” or avoid saying anything at all.
If you or someone you love has been injured in a car accident in Denver, Longmont or anywhere in the State of Colorado, it is critical to contact an experienced Denver personal injury lawyer immediately. Contact a Denver personal injury lawyer at Fuicelli & Lee, PC, for a free case evaluation to discuss your situation and your concerns. You pay nothing unless you receive a financial settlement or award. Call our office at 303-355-7202 or fill out our confidential contact form.
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