There you were in your car, just heading to the froyo social, when another driver struck you. Your weekend plans have just been ruined, but worse, you’ve been seriously injured. You’ve never been in a crash before. What do you do? What do you say when you have to get out of the car and face the situation?
First, be careful what comes out of your mouth. Anything you say can be used against you, and the other driver may be more than happy to tell the police what you’ve said. Even if you just say, “Sorry! I didn’t see you!” That sounds like you’re claiming some responsibility for the accident.
What you say after being involved in a vehicle wreck will be crucial to whether or not you can file an injury claim. Were you at fault? Does it even matter? If you say the wrong thing it may seem like you were to blame, even if you weren’t. Here’s what you should say after a car crash.
What Do You Say to the Other Driver and to the Police?
These are the phrases that should come out of your mouth after a vehicle crash:
- “Are you okay?”
- “I’m calling the police.” (Better yet, call them in your car and then tell the other driver you’ve already called the police.)
- “Here’s a copy of my insurance. Can I get a copy of your insurance?”
When the police arrive here’s what you tell them:
- “I’m okay but I think I need to go to the hospital.”
- “I’m a little shaken up, possibly in shock. I’m not sure what happened right now.”
- “I want to speak with a lawyer.”
Telling the police you want to speak to a lawyer may seem extreme; after all, you didn’t do anything wrong. Shouldn’t you just tell them what you know? No. You don’t even know what just happened during your car crash. It’s best to talk with the police later, when you’ve got a lawyer by your side.
What Do You Say to the Insurance Company?
When the insurance companies call, or you call them, you should give them your contact information, involved vehicle information, and the date, time, and location of the crash. You should not give them details about the accident. Better yet—let your lawyer talk to the insurance companies for you.
What Do You Say to a Lawyer?
If you’ve been injured in a car accident one of the first calls you may want to make is to a lawyer—especially if your injuries are very serious. What should you tell your lawyer? Tell them all about your car crash and ask whether your situation will qualify you to file a claim for personal injury. If your injuries are serious, you will most likely be owed compensation.
Contacting a lawyer like Dickson Kohan & Bablove LLP, car accident lawyers, will allow you to recover the losses your car accident has caused you. You can be compensated for your medical care, any lost wages you’ve sustained, mental health treatment, physical therapy costs, property damage, and even your pain and suffering damages.