If you have been involved in an auto accident, or if you have a pending case, it's best not to talk about it with anyone other than your attorney to protect you from testimony that could possibly be used against you.
"I agree or I accept"
If you've been involved in an accident that is not your fault, the other driver's insurance company may contact you with a settlement offer. It's important not to agree to or accept any offer until you've consulted with your personal injury attorney to ensure that you seek compensation for all the damages sustained from the incident.
It is important that you provide honest and accurate information. Multiple parties will ask you for a statement following a car crash. Interviews and a request for a statements may come from law enforcement, your insurance company, the insurance company representing the other parties involved, and your attorney. Using phrases like "I think" or "maybe" could discredit your claim or recollection of the incident. In general, though, we advise against giving a statement, especially within the first couple of weeks.
"I'm OK" or " I'm not hurt"
If you, or someone you know, has been involved in a crash and suffered serious injuries, it is important to seek immediate medical attention. Stating that you are OK or not hurt could conflict with medical records if your case goes to trial. In many cases, injuries sustained in an accident don't show up until days, weeks, or even months after the collision. Remember to gather as much information on your injuries as possible, and do your best to keep records of all your doctor, hospital, or medical related visits.
"I apologize," "My bad," or "I'm sorry"
We understand that saying you're sorry is a reflection of your manners. However, a simple "I'm sorry" can have severe ramifications to your claim. It can give the impression that you are admitting guilt or admitting that you are at fault even if you are the victim and did not cause the collision.
After talking to the police and seeking medical treatment, contacting a personal injury attorney should be one of your next phone calls. This is because once you have a lawyer involved, you will have experts representing you against the insurance companies. The sooner you contact an attorney, the sooner we can gather evidence and work to protect and maximize your claim.
Call us today at 816-842-7100 to speak with an attorney that will fight to get you the compensation you deserve. Our consultations are free and we offer Walk in Wednesday from 9 am to 1 pm at our downtown office. You can also click here to email us and schedule your free consultation.