It can be hard to think clearly in the moments following an auto accident in Denver because you may be overwhelmed with shock or fear. But, it’s important to remain calm because the things that you do and say during this time can make or break your personal injury case. If you have been involved in a car accident, be sure to avoid saying these things:
The other drivers or passengers involved in the accident may ask you how you are doing as you exchange information. It’s important to avoid saying things such as “I’m ok” or “I’m fine.” Even if you think the injuries you have sustained are minor, they may get worse over the next few hours or days. But, if you tell someone at the scene that you’re ok, this may complicate your personal injury case and make it harder for you to recover compensation.
“We can handle this without the police.”
Are you in a hurry? The thought of waiting for a police officer to arrive at the scene may tempt you to tell the other parties that you’re fine with not calling the authorities, but don’t do it. It’s important that a police officer comes to the scene so he can learn about what happened, determine who is liable, and put this information in an official police report. This report will play an important role in your personal injury case, and without it, your case could turn into a “he said, she said” argument between you and the other driver. Learn how to file an accident report with the police
“This is all my fault.”
Do you think that you were partly or completely to blame for the accident? You may be right, but it’s possible that you’re wrong. When you get out of your vehicle to exchange information with the other drivers, do not accept blame for the accident. In fact, you should also steer clear of saying “I’m sorry,” which could be taken to mean “I’m sorry that I caused this problem.” These words could be used against you later on in your personal injury case if you try to recover compensation from the driver that really was at fault.
If the police officer asks you questions regarding the events that led up to the accident, don’t provide an answer unless you know that it’s 100% true. You shouldn’t make statements like “I think I was going the speed limit” or “I think she had she turning signal on.” If you aren’t sure, then tell the police officer that you do not remember. Don’t make up an answer that could turn out to be untrue and make you look like you are hiding something.
If you need more advice on how to handle your car accident case, attorney Mark A. Simon can help. If you have been injured because of someone else’s negligence, call us at 303-321-4878
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