Any word that might be uttered by those that were involved in the accident could be used as evidence. That simple fact helps to underscore the logic behind making sure to avoid saying the wrong thing.
Phrases to avoid
I did not see you.
That does not indicate why you failed to see the other driver. It does suggest that you might have been less alert than you should have been. Still, until all the facts get sorted out, there is a chance that the other driver was not where he or she should have been.
Perhaps the other driver suddenly switched lanes, without signaling first. Maybe the other driver had suddenly darted out from the cars that were parked at the side of the road. By saying “I did not see you,” you do not give a good reason for considering those possibilities.
That is another phrase that seems to imply feelings of guilt on your part. Why would you feel guilty, unless you had caused the accident? For that reason, it does not pay to make an attempt at being nice or polite.
The two drivers do have to speak with each other. How should that conversation be handled?
If you are one of the drivers, you must do your best to keep that conversation as short as possible. You should each provide the other party with the necessary contact information. Do not mention any possible injury. The facts on such an injury should go in your demand letter.
Understand that your actions also send a message. Even if you have not complained about an injury, you might do something that hints at the fact that you were injured in some way. It is best to avoid making a move that could be perceived as some sort of hinted message, unless you are in real pain.
Do not try to hide any painful sensation. On the other hand, do not declare that you feel no pain. The chemicals that your body has poured into your bloodstream could be keeping your nerves from delivering the message about a painful region of your shaken body.
Suppose that you feel the need to contact the other driver in the future?
What should you do if you realize that you gave the other driver some incorrect information? In that case, do not contact that other driver. Instead, speak with a personal injury lawyer, and have that same lawyer deliver the correct information.
Also consider contacting a Personal Injury Lawyer in Fort Erie if you have to convince the insurance company about the severity of your injury. Also take that action if the insurance company has questioned your allegations about who was at-fault.