Being the victim of a car accident, no matter how minor, is an unpleasant situation. You will face questions from the police, insurance agents and possibly even investigators. Even though you are the victim, you will likely feel like the perpetrator of the accident. So, what are some things you should never say after a car accident?
"I'm not hurt." Even if you truly believe you are not injured, never utter these words following a car accident. Make sure no one in your vehicle says these words either. Adrenaline will be running high after the accident, which can hide pain. Your injury might not manifest itself for a couple of days afterwards.
"I'm sorry." Many people, even those who are not at fault in car accidents, have a tendency to say these two very dangerous words. Sometimes it's just natural to say these words but doing so could be misconstrued as you admitting fault in the accident despite being the victim.
"I think." There is nothing wrong with answering any questions a police officer has following an accident. In fact, it's in your best interest to answer the questions and answer them honestly. But, aside from providing the facts, do not provide any additional information. Never offer comments that speculate your actions, your speed or your distance from the striking vehicle.
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Source: Findlaw, "After a Car Accident: First Steps," accessed Sep. 28, 2017