How Do I Defend Myself from Losing an Auto Accident Case?
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Getting involved in an auto accident is stressful. If you’re being attacked and told you were the at-fault driver when you know you weren’t, it can be even worse. Some auto accidents are very open and close—it’s clear who was in the wrong. Others, however, aren’t, and that’s when a motor vehicle accident attorney is a necessity. However, even with the best attorney, there are still ways you can lose your case. You may not even realize what you’ve done at the time, either. Here are some ways you can defend yourself from losing before your case even gets to court.
Do Not Admit Fault
Never admit fault at the scene of the accident. Even something as innocent as saying “I’m sorry” to the other driver can be taken as an admission of guilt. It can be incredibly hard to remain calm right after an accident, especially if you’ve been injured, but do your best to remember not to say anything that could later be taken as claiming responsibility for the accident. If you do, your own words are likely to be used against you later.
Leaving the Scene
Never leave the scene of an accident until the officer who responded says it’s okay or medical professionals tell you that you must be taken to a hospital. Certainly never leave before a police officer arrives to take statements. Doing so can be seen as an admission of guilt and could make you the perpetrator of a hit and run. It’s very hard to come up with a credible defense if you leave the scene of the accident.
Becoming Overly Emotional
Remaining calm, even though you’re likely in shock, is a must. No one will fault you for needing a few minutes to pull yourself together, of course. You’re not expected to be emotionless, but you do need to be able to rationally discuss what just occurred with the other driver and with the authorities. It’s also important that you keep your other emotions in check. If you’re angry or overly aggressive with others, especially with the police, that’s going to leave a bad impression of your character. While the officers, medics, and other professionals are supposed to remain unbiased, it can be hard to do so if someone has been yelling at them. If a physical altercation breaks out, you may even be taken to jail.
If you’ve been in an auto accident and need a trusted advisor on your side, contact the attorneys of Held & Hines, LLP. We will put our years of experience to work for you.