Why You Shouldn't Apologize After an Accident
Being involved in a traffic accident can be scary and stressful. Many people don’t know what to do, and if they feel like they were in the wrong, they might apologize and say something like, “I’m sorry, I didn’t see you,” or, “I just wasn’t paying attention.” While apologizing seems to be a natural urge for many people who think they have just caused an accident, it is important to avoid this tendency. Why?
An Apology May Count as an Admission of Guilt
If you say you’re sorry after being involved in a traffic accident, this can be used against you in court. The other party’s insurance company may take your apology as an admission of fault in the accident, meaning you will have a difficult time receiving compensation for injuries or vehicle damage. Thus, it is important to never apologize or admit fault after you have been involved in an accident, even if you are sure you are responsible.
Even If You Think You Caused the Crash, an Investigation May Show Otherwise
You may not know if other factors outside of your control contributed to the accident. Thus, admitting guilt outright and taking full blame for the wreck may not actually be true. It is also important to avoid admitting fault while filing a police report. A thorough investigation will be conducted by police and insurance companies to determine who or what caused the accident. You can’t be completely sure of your fault, so it is best to let the professionals determine what happened.
Compassionate Representation for Victims of Car Accidents
Mazaheri Law Firm has nearly 20 years of combined legal experience. We have represented numerous clients who have suffered injuries from the negligence of others. If you have been injured in a car accident or another type of accident, we can discuss your case and provide personal assistance throughout the process.
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