Watch what you say to another driver after a car accident

In the aftermath of a car accident, with adrenaline pumping and the disorientation that often come with such an experience, it is easy to speak carelessly and cause yourself unnecessary trouble. Whether you believe you're responsible or not, you don't want to claim liability prematurely. The other driver may also believe that he or she is actually liable, but may jump at the chance for you to take legal and financial responsibility for the wreck and the associated costs.

Similarly, you may not know all the facts of how the wreck occurred. Even if you think it's an open and shut case, it is wiser to wait and let the dust settle before stepping up to claim liability too soon.

You should even remain mindful of simple interactions like apologizing for the accident to the other driver. While most people understand that an apology is not the same as an admission of guilt, some people claim that apologies are just that. You certainly don't want to end up on the hook for thousands of dollars in damages because you were too polite. As strange as it is to think this way for most people, this is simply the state of the world at this point in time.

When in doubt, it is always wise to decline to discuss the matter until you can confer with an experienced attorney. Proper legal counsel helps you identify the actual causes of the accident and can defend you against unfair claims. At the same time, an attorney can help you build a claim against another driver while working to protect your rights throughout the ordeal.

Source: Findlaw, "5 Things You Shouldn't Do After a Car Accident," accessed Dec. 01, 2017

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