Things NOT to Say After You Meet with a Car Accident

Do remember that there are two parties involved in an accident and that you should first check yourself to see if you have been hurt as a result of the accident.

Things NOT to Say After You Meet with a Car Accident

Car accidents can happen for a variety of reasons, from what could be a result of faulty driving to an oil slick on the road. But it is important to remember that there are certain things that you should not say after you have been in a car accident. Do remember that there are two parties involved in an accident and that you should first check yourself to see if you have been hurt as a result of the accident. If you have not been seriously injured, then you need to take care to make sure that you do not say certain things, post the accident. Read on to learn more.

  • Do not say sorry: Yes, most of us have this habit of saying that first before anything else even if the other party caused the accident. If you have been involved in a car accident, then you would naturally be in shock and would naturally say "sorry," which is more of a reflex on your part. The reason that you may not want to apologize is that it ends up making you look guilty, and granted this deeply ingrained habit is not going to disappear immediately. It will take some work on your part. What’s more, your car could be totaled as a result of the accident in which case, you may not have much recourse other than to search online for "cash for cars in Auckland."
  • Do not record any statement: Granted that you may still be in some shock, it is important that you remain as quiet and unobtrusive as possible until help arrives. Once the medical help checks and clears you, you must wait for the cops so as to explain what happened. But do not agree to any recorded statement, yet, not until you have consulted your lawyer or a few friends. You may also want to search online for "car removal in Auckland" so as to get your car moved to the garage and repaired—after the cops green light it.
  • Do not go on Facebook: It is important that you do not post on Facebook and other social media platforms regarding the accident. Remember that you could be charged and this accident may even result in a court case. And anything you post online regarding the same would be construed as evidence,
  • Do not tell others about your lapsed insurance: You need to ensure that your vehicle insurance is up to date, all the time. You need to make sure that it is current and active; but there would be times when your insurance would have lapsed. And if you have the misfortune to be involved in the car accident during the time period that your vehicle insurance had lapsed, then you may want to wait for the authorities. You are under no legal obligation to inform the other party about your lapsed license. You need to wait for the authorities and then you can share the information regarding your insurance with them. By doing so, you can prevent the other party from flying into a rage and attacking you.

These are some of the things that you should not do or say when you have been involved in an accident. Do remember that accidents can happen due to a variety of reasons and it could even be the other person’s fault. So, there is no reason that you should feel guilty about something that may not even be your fault to start with. Just remember to check yourself out for any cuts, bruises or scrapes as a result of the accident.

At the end of the day, it is important to remember that you must take care to ensure that your vehicle insurance is up to date, as it is there to protect both the parties from sudden damage.

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