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What is OK to say after a motor vehicle accident?

On Behalf of | Apr 24, 2024 | Auto Accident |

Experiencing a motor vehicle accident in Florida can be bewildering and distressing, particularly given the state’s specific laws and regulations governing post-accident conduct.

Knowing the appropriate actions and words to use immediately following an incident can significantly influence the outcome of any ensuing insurance claims or legal proceedings. This is why we recently focused a blog on what not to say after a car accident. However, the natural next question is what is okay to say after one?

What to say after a motor vehicle accident

Once safety has been ensured and medical assistance has been summoned, if necessary, it is vital to exchange information with all involved parties. This includes sharing names, addresses, contact details, driver’s license numbers and insurance information. This information is okay and important to give.

Again, refrain from admitting fault or making definitive statements regarding the car accident, apologizing, opining on the reasons for the accident or anything similar.

Post-accident steps

First, prioritize safety. Check for injuries and move vehicles out of traffic if feasible. Next, report the accident to the police, regardless of its perceived severity. The police report can be a vital piece of evidence for your insurance claim and any post-accident litigation.

Capture photos and gather all relevant information. Limit discussion to factual aspects of the incident. Call your insurance, and when available, obtain a copy of the police report for your records.

The importance of these measures

While cooperation and politeness are essential, prioritizing self-preservation is paramount. Furnish only the essential information mandated by law and concentrate on the factual elements of the incident.

Adhering to these steps safeguards your rights and ensures you possess the requisite documentation for your insurance claim. Additionally, it prevents any potential miscommunication that could be utilized against you in the future. This approach will serve you well as you navigate the post-accident process in Florida.

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