The negligence of another driver can lead you to an accident. If this happens, you should know what to do to avoid mistakes that can affect your claim. One of the steps to take is to exchange personal and insurance information with the other driver while you wait for the police and ambulance.
However, you should be careful when doing this because what you say can work to your disadvantage. Below is what you should not say.
Apologizing to the other driver can be interpreted as admitting fault for the accident. Thus, you should avoid doing so. Nonetheless, you can ask how they are doing as a courtesy. If they are in pain, use statements like “Stay strong, the ambulance is almost here.” But don’t say you are sorry.
“I didn’t see you”
Like apologizing, claiming you didn’t see the other driver may also be an admission of fault. Not seeing the driver doesn’t mean you caused the crash. However, using this statement may make the situation appear as so.
“I’m not hurt”
The chances are the other driver will also ask how you are doing. If they do this, you should avoid saying you are not hurt. They may inform their insurance company of this. Accordingly, you may not get the compensation you deserve. Even though you may not feel pain at that moment, many injuries from car accidents and their severity show days or weeks later.
A doctor should examine you to know your injuries and their degrees. Therefore, you can respond with short answers like “I will know after seeking medical help.”
It’s vital to be careful about what you say to the other driver. With legal guidance, you should make the right moves and receive fair compensation.