There are approximately 16,000 motor vehicle accidents in the United States each day. At the time of a motor vehicle accident, the parties are often concerned with damage to their respective vehicles and if any personal injuries have been sustained. Once the initial shock of the accident itself wears off, the parties will sometimes engage in conversations either to exchange information or to discuss the accident.
Things get more complicated when medical personnel and police arrive on the scene. There is a period of interaction between any number of individuals and numerous accounts of the accident.
It is imperative that you carefully watch your words during this period of time. It is human nature to speak candidly but you must resist this urge. Any statement that you make may end up on the police report or may be recorded by any of the individuals who are at the scene of the accident.
Even if you were responsible for the happening of the accident, focus on your injuries and the damage to your vehicle. Understand that you have the right to consult with and retain an attorney before making any statements. The impact of your statements can have far-reaching consequences and you should allow your attorney to speak for you since he or she has the requisite experience handling such matters on a daily basis.
If you are involved in a motor vehicle accident, reserve your right to make any statements and explain that you are not in the state of mind to discuss the happening of the accident. State that you wish to consult with and retain an attorney before saying anything further and ask for medical attention if you have been injured.
For more information contact The Pearce Law Firm, Personal Injury and Accident Lawyers, P.C.