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Why You Shouldn't Apologize After an Accident

Apologizing After an Accident Is a Mistake

Knowing what to do after an accident can be overwhelming. You are in pain, may have sustained serious injuries, and don’t know if you should apologize or not. It is important to understand why apologizing after an accident is not a good idea. Below, we will discuss the potential consequences of saying “sorry” as well as what you should do after an accident.

The Risks of Saying “I’m Sorry” After an Accident

Saying “I’m sorry” after an accident is a natural response for many people, but it can be damaging for your case as it could be construed as admitting fault. Instead of apologizing, stay calm and focus on assessing the situation around you.

Immediately after the crash, look for any signs of injuries, both on yourself and those involved in the accident. If necessary, call 911 and seek medical attention. While waiting for medical help to arrive, document pictures of the scene and exchange contact information with any other drivers and witnesses involved in the accident.

It is also important that you remain silent about the details of the accident until you talk to your attorney or insurance company first. Do not speak with anyone else at the scene or discuss any details with witnesses before speaking with legal counsel or your insurer. Any statements made at this time can be used against you later in court so it is best not to say anything that could potentially hurt your case down the line.

In California, you are required to report an accident to the police. You should answer the officer’s questions as their police report can be used as evidence in your case.

Insurance Companies Will Use Your Words Against You

When filing a claim with your insurance company or making statements to other parties involved in the accident (such as police officers), it is best practice not to apologize. Even if you believe the accident is your fault, do not apologize because doing so could provide them with enough evidence to deny or reduce your coverage or compensation due to negligence being admitted when saying "sorry". Insurance companies will use any admissions of guilt against you as they try to minimize their costs and maximize their profits by paying out as little as possible for claims that are filed against them.

Seeking Legal Counsel? Consult with Our Firm.

Eliot Reiner, APLC is backed by over three decades of collective experience, and our attorneys are equipped to help motor vehicle accident victims understand their legal rights and options. After being involved in an accident, you should reach out to attorneys as soon as possible as we can help you:

  • Collect evidence
  • Establish liability
  • Build a case that minimizes your liability and maximizes your compensation
  • Offer personalized solutions and counsel
  • Work with your best interest in mind

If you or a loved one have been involved in an accident, contact our firm online or via pone (916) 778-3228 today.

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