Having an interest in law and legal issues, I have been doing research into the Fifth Amendment regarding one's right to remain silent and not incriminate himself. I have noticed that most attorneys (with few exceptions) recommend not giving any statement to a police officer under any circumstances. My research has confirmed this - talking to the police can rarely (if ever) help you.
My question is this: if I am in an auto accident, should I refuse to speak to police without legal counsel present? Regardless of who is at fault, can refusing to speak with police following an auto accident potentially hurt me in a future civil trial? If my silence can not be used against me, I assume it is in my best interest to remain silent.
Thank you in advance.