Have You Been Involved in a Biloxi, MS Car Accident? Here’s What Not to Say
Emotions run high in the immediate aftermath of a car accident. Even in the most minor fender bender, the trauma may leave you breathless and speechless, with your mind racing about what to do next. You do have certain legal duties under the law since you could be guilty of a misdemeanor for a hit and run: Under the Mississippi Rules of the Road, it’s a crime if you fail to immediately stop at the scene of an accident where there has been damage to a vehicle. Of course, it would be ideal to have an experienced Biloxi, MS auto accident attorney right there in the car with you to assist with exchanging contact information, communicating with the other driver, and speaking with potential witnesses. Unfortunately, that’s not likely to be the case. However, a lawyer can give you some advice about what to do in the moments after you’ve been involved in a car accident, especially what NOT to say.
“I’m sorry for ___.”
This type of statement is the equivalent of admitting that you were at fault in the accident, even if you are the victim of injuries. In Mississippi, the doctrine of comparative negligence applies: If you admit to being partly responsible for your own injuries, your amount of compensation could be reduced proportionally to your amount of fault.
“I think what happened was ___.”
Immediately after the accident is not the time to make assumptions or speculate about what caused the collision. Don’t make any statements about what you were doing at the time or how you were operating your vehicle.
“I’m not hurt. It’s just a bruise.”
If you’re experiencing any pain at all, you should seek treatment – either on an emergency basis or through an urgent care center on the same day of the accident. It’s a mistake to make a statement that you’re not hurt because you may not even know the extent of your injuries at the time. Some injuries don’t manifest themselves until a day or two after a crash, but they can be just as severe.
“No, Insurance Agent. I don’t have an attorney.”
Never mention that you don’t have a lawyer when talking to an insurance agent for the other driver – even if you haven’t spoken with an attorney yet. The insurance companies will likely want to take a recorded statement from you regarding the accident and your injuries, if any. You have the right to be represented during this statement. A lawyer can help you prepare for this statement. Its also important to retain legal counsel before an insurer attempts to rush you into a settlement that doesn’t fully compensate you for your injuries.
Talk to a Biloxi Auto Accident Attorney About Your Case
The moments after a car accident can be overwhelming, especially if you were injured as a result of the collision. Obviously, medical treatment for any victims is the highest priority, but these tips on what not to say after a collision should help guide you when communicating with others at the scene. Your words could come back to haunt you if they even suggest fault in the accident, so it’s best to keep your conversations to the basics that are required by law: Name, Address, and Registration. If you’ve been involved and injured in an auto accident and need assistance on what to do next, please contact the Law Offices of Judy Guice. Our experienced attorneys can answer questions about obtaining compensation for your injuries or schedule a free consultation to review the details of your case.