Following a car accident, most people are shaken up and take some time to collect themselves. Unfortunately, this can lead to you not having clear judgement and making mistakes when it comes to protecting yourself legally after a car accident. It is important to know what steps you should take and what you need to avoid to make your process go smoothly.
One of the most important things you can remember after being involved in a car accident, is to never under any circumstance admit fault for the accident. This may seem silly, if you are positive the accident was a direct result of your actions. However, for your own legal protection wait it out. Even if you are at fault there is no reason to express it outloud to the other people involved in the incident or to any officers who may be at the scene.
There is a process for determining who is at fault and you may not be aware of all of the variables that led to your collision. This is why it is always better to let the professionals do the research and come to you with what they have found regarding what led to the accident.
Do not get bullied into accepting fault for the accident from another disgruntled or angry driver. You may feel the need to defuse the situation and accept the fault to calm them down but what if they were on their phone? What if they have bad breaks? These are all things that have yet to be determined and have the potential to change the course of your claim. Just because they claim to be sure you are the reason for the accident, this does not make it true and can only hurt you if you accept their position.
When giving a statement in regards to the accident to the police- avoiding the blame is just as important if not more because everything you say to an officer will be documented. Give your account of the accident as best you can without accepting fault. Only tell the facts so that the police and insurance companies can review the case and use their best judgement to determine what happened and who carries the burden of fault.