It’s the old “no good deed goes unpunished” rule. If you try to comfort the other driver or make them feel better, it can come back to hurt you. For example, if you say you’re not hurt and tell the other driver not to worry, it could end up in a police report that you admitted to not being injured in the crash. Or the other driver may tell their insurance company what you said. If in the coming days you wind up in serious pain from injuries that you weren’t aware of at the time, an insurance company could try to deny your claim by saying you admitted at the scene that you aren’t hurt.
Even a comment you may think is completely innocent may be used against you later. Insurance companies will do anything they can to avoid paying you for your claim or to pay you as little as they can get away with. Don’t help them by saying something they can use.
The first minutes after an accident are emotional, adrenalin is running high and it’s easy to say something without thinking it through first. As a Denver accident lawyer, the best rule I can recommend is this: Don’t say anything after a crash that you wouldn’t want a jury to hear.
If you’ve been hurt in an accident, you might be interested in one of our SmartKits. It has items that could be handy following a crash, including a tip sheet on what to do at the scene. Give me a call at (303) 758-4777 or email me. Let’s set up a no-obligation meeting to talk about your case, and I’ll make sure you get a SmartKit. You can also schedule a free meeting on our website at www.dlslawfirm.com/contact-us.