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What Should I Say to the Other Driver After a Car Accident?

Written by Jared Staver

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Jared Staver is a Personal Injury Lawyer based in Chicago, Illinois and has been practicing law for over 20 years.

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CATEGORY: Auto Accidents


Being involved in an accident can be a frightening experience. With the chaos surrounding the situation, you may not know what to do next. Although the aftermath of a car accident can be difficult to navigate, it is vitally important that you only engage in conversation that is necessary. You might accidentally take the blame for the accident, or claim that you are fine when you have actually sustained major injuries. Your best course of action is to say as little as possible to the other driver after an accident.

If you have been injured in a car accident that was not your fault, the lawyers at Staver Accident Injury Lawyers, P.C. can help you seek compensation in the court of law. To find out how you can seek justice against the person responsible for your injuries, call (312) 236-2900.

Only Gather Necessary Information

When a person crashes into you and causes a roadway accident, it is their responsibility to report the accident to their insurance company. However, this does not always happen. In many cases, a driver might claim to have called their insurance company, when in reality, they have not contacted anyone. One of the few conversations that should take place after a car accident involves exchanging insurance information. You should always contact the other driver’s insurance company, even if they claim they have already done so.

It is also important to gather the personal information from the driver that caused your accident. Without it, you may not be able to give an accurate report to police. Gathering personal information, such as the other driver’s name, address, and phone number ensure that you can file an insurance claim if necessary.

What Not to Say

When you are involved in an accident, it is important that you do not let your emotions get the better of you. It can be tempting to reassure the other driver by saying that you are not hurt or that the accident was your fault. This can be a devastating mistake, as the other driver may use your statements as evidence for your liability in the accident. In any car accident, police are responsible for assigning fault, initially for ticket purposes. When the police arrive at the scene, it is important to remain composed. State the facts of the accident, including whether you were injured and how the accident occurred.

Things you should not say include:

  • It was my fault.
  • I didn’t see you.
  • It doesn’t look too bad.
  • I’m fine.
  • I don’t think anyone was injured.
  • It’s just a small scratch.

How Staver Accident Injury Lawyers, P.C. Help You Recover

Regardless of the circumstances surrounding your accident, being involved in a collision is terrifying. You may not know if you are hurt or how badly your vehicle is damaged. However, when the crash takes place, it is essential that you avoid statements that assign blame. You may end up taking responsibility for the accident. Even worse, you may write off your injuries as minor and unimportant. If you have been involved in an accident, contact the lawyers at Staver Accident Injury Lawyers, P.C.. Our team will gather every detail in order to construct a compelling legal strategy.

To find out how you can gain compensation for your injuries through a personal injury lawsuit, call (312) 236-2900 today.

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