People might have different reactions after a car accident in Tennessee. Some folks become very agitated and emotional. Others may want to apologize, even if they did nothing wrong.
If you are in an accident, it’s important to try to keep a cool head and be careful what you say to others on the scene. You want to make sure your legal rights are protected. You may make statements that can come back to haunt you later.
As Johnson City personal injury lawyers, we have represented people who have been seriously injured in auto accidents. We fight aggressively to get them the full compensation they need and deserve. Sometimes, however, we find that a client might have said something they later wish they hadn’t said.
Examples of things you should not say at the scene of an accident, or things you should not say to an insurance adjuster:
I’m OK. I feel fine: You might be seriously injured but not even realize the full extent of the injuries until later. An insurance adjuster may try to use your statement against you when you are seeking compensation for your injuries.
I’m sorry. It was my fault: You might not know who was actually at fault. This will be determined later on. An apology, however, may be used against you later on.
I think this is what happened: Don’t make guesses about how fast you were going when you don’t know or make other speculative comments. Simply exchange factual information with the other parties, including names, addresses, phone numbers and insurance and vehicle information. Contact an attorney as soon as you can after the accident to make sure your rights are protected.
I’ll give you a recorded statement: It’s extremely important not to speak with representatives of other insurance companies, including adjusters, under any circumstances. Don’t give a recorded statement and do not sign anything. Insurance company representatives may try to contact you in person or through the mail before you have spoken with a lawyer. Insurance companies want to cut attorneys out of the settlement to reduce claims costs, but doing so could harm you in the long run. You should speak with an attorney before an insurer.
An accident creates a lot of stress for all involved. If you are in an accident, try to stay calm and remember to stick to exchanging only factual information. Contact Meade Injury Law Group promptly. Call (423) 926-7112 for a free consultation. Our experienced attorneys can deal with the insurance companies for you. If our firm represents you, we will tirelessly pursue the full compensation you are entitled to under the law.
Meade Injury Law Group
215 North Boone Street
Johnson City, Tennessee 37604