If you’ve suffered an injury in a car accident that was caused by another driver’s negligence, your recovery can hinge on your ability to fully recover compensation for your losses, which can be immense. When the police arrive, they’ll likely want to speak with you and the other driver involved, and generally, less is more when it comes to what you say. Right after the accident is a critical time for evidence, and anything you do say could be used as evidence in your car accident claim. One of the most important steps that anyone in your difficult situation can take – after seeking the medical attention that they need – is consulting with an experienced Plano car accident attorney as soon as it’s possible to do so.

Why What You Say Matters

You’ve suffered an injury due to another driver’s negligence, which can come in all the following dangerous forms:

  • Distraction
  • Exhaustion
  • Impairment
  • Speeding
  • Aggression

You’ll file your claim with the at-fault driver’s car insurance provider, and you should keep in mind that the insurance company is in the business of making money. Toward this end, they will do everything they can to keep your settlement low.

One thing insurance companies are particularly good at is twisting claimants’ words into meanings that go on to hurt their own claims. For example, if the first thing you say after the accident is about how sorry you are, you very likely mean that you’re sorry the accident happened, but the insurance company will take it to mean that you are accepting responsibility. As you navigate the path forward, remember that your words matter.

Speaking to the Police

The bottom line when it comes to the police is that lying to them about the accident is against the law. This means that if they’re questioning you about your own fault in the car accident, such as if they suspect you of speeding or being impaired, anything you say could bolster their case against you. Further, anything you say could also potentially weaken your claim.

If you’re not facing a ticket or charge, your best bet is to answer the officer’s questions as truthfully and succinctly as you can. If you are facing a ticket or DUI charge, letting the police know that – under the advice of counsel – you won’t be answering any questions can help to ensure that you won’t strengthen any case they may have against you.

An important point to make here is that, in Texas, even if you do share fault for the accident that leaves you injured, you can go after the percentage of your losses that the other driver is responsible for – as long as they bear at least 50 percent of fault in the matter.

It’s Time to Consult with an Experienced Plano Car Accident Attorney

The accomplished Plano, Texas, car accident attorneys at The Law Office of Joel M. Vecchio, P.C., are well acquainted with the nuanced legalities of challenging car accident claims like yours and will leave no stone unturned in their quest for the compensation to which you’re entitled. Learn more about what we can do to help you by contacting us online or calling 972-380-4444 today.

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Content author: Joel M. Vecchio, Attorney at Law

Credentials:

  • Texas State Bar license number 24033410, since 2001.
  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of Texas, admitted in 2003.
  • University of Tulsa College of Law, Juris Doctor – 2001.

Content reviewed by Abraham C. Bloomenstiel, Attorney at Law, Texas Bar Card Number: 24106962