Even a slow-speed car accident can cause injuries and property damage. Some victims require months of rehabilitation and cannot return to work, which can lead to overwhelming debt.
If you were injured by a negligent driver in South Carolina, you may be able to recover compensation for medical expenses, lost wages and noneconomic damages by making a personal injury claim. However, making a successful claim can be an uphill legal battle – especially if the at-fault driver denies liability or the insurance company undervalues or denies your claim.
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As such, it is important that car wreck victims take steps to protect their interests. The process of making a successful claim begins immediately after the collision. Your actions and statements at the crash scene can help or hurt your ability to recover compensation.
In particular, you should avoid saying these three phrases:
- “I’m okay…”
- “I’m sorry…”
- “I think….”
One of the smartest steps you can take after suffering injuries in a car crash is to consult an injury lawyer. If the incident happened in South Carolina, contact the Hammack Law Firm.
Paul Hammack is a car accident attorney in Greenville who understands the tactics that insurance companies use to undervalue and deny claims. He will aggressively represent your interests and help you fight for the maximum settlement.
Call 864-326-3333 to schedule a free case evaluation. Read on to learn why you should avoid making the aforementioned statements after a collision:
- “I’m okay…”
The immediate adrenaline and shock of a collision can mask the symptoms of injuries. According to the Department of Motor Vehicles, it can take hours or even days for symptoms to manifest.
If you say that you are fine and injury-free, this statement may wind up in the police report. The defendant or insurance company may use this report to fight your claim.
As such, even if you feel fine after a collision, you should seek medical attention immediately. Tell your doctor how the collision happened and which body parts sustained an impact.
- “I’m sorry…”
Apologizing may be an instinctual reaction, but it can compromise your ability to prove that the other driver is liable for damages. If the other motorist denies fault, your apology may hurt your ability to make a successful claim. Even if you believe that you caused the collision, it is best not to apologize or admit fault.
- “I think…”
It is normal not to know the answers to questions that insurance adjusters ask. However, you should never lie or say “I think” or “I’m unsure.” You should simply state that you do not know the answer. Otherwise, the insurance company may construe your misstatements to hurt your credibility, or to undervalue or deny your claim.
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