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What are some statements to avoid after a motor vehicle accident?

On Behalf of | Apr 23, 2024 | Motor Vehicle Accidents

When a motor vehicle accident happens, what you say can significantly impact any future legal proceedings or insurance claims.

As you communicate with others, choose your words wisely. People facing injuries may want to seek fair compensation.

Refusing an ambulance

Downplaying injuries, even minor ones, is a bad idea. Seeking medical attention after an accident is important, as it establishes a record of injuries sustained.

Even if you feel uninjured, it is important to get a medical evaluation. Some injuries, such as whiplash or internal trauma, may not show up right away. Additionally, some symptoms may be psychological instead of physical.


While apologizing is a natural response, you should refrain from doing so after an accident. Apologies may seem like an admission of guilt, potentially complicating legal matters. Instead, express concern for everyone’s well-being without talking about fault.

Saying you did not pay attention

Admitting distraction or inattention after a motor vehicle accident could imply negligence on your part. This affects liability in the eyes of insurance companies and the law. Avoid making statements that could seem like an admission of fault, and focus on providing accurate information about the accident.

Offering to not use insurance

Attempting to handle the situation privately may seem appealing, but it is important to involve insurance companies. Private settlements may lead to fights or poor compensation, making the resolution process longer.

In the aftermath of a motor vehicle accident, you will likely feel stressed and confused. However, you need to focus on navigating post-accident conversations with clarity and caution.