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Should I Say "Sorry" After an Accident?

Car accidents are overwhelming and chaotic and, regardless if you were at fault or not, you might be inclined to apologize for it, thinking that it is a kind gesture to offer during a traumatic time. However, apologizing after an accident can potentially harm the outcome of your personal injury claim and compromise the compensation you might have otherwise been able to obtain. This does not mean you need to be inconsiderate or rude in the aftermath, but there are other ways to exhibit compassion to others than by saying something you might regret later on.

Here is what you should know about apologizing after having been involved in an accident:

1.It is an admission of fault: Saying that you are sorry is essentially an admission of fault for the accident, which is why you should never say it to any of the drivers or passengers involved or law enforcement. The police officers at the scene will write a report and it is entirely possible that your apology will end up being documented, which the at-fault party’s insurance provider will use against you.

2.It can be used as evidence of culpability: Insurance providers will do everything possible to avoid having to compensate you. If you apologize, they will attempt to use this as evidence that you are, at the very least, partially responsible for the accident. This might not be enough to deny you of compensation, but it could be enough to reduce the amount.

3.You lack all the facts: Even if you think you are at fault for the accident, you do not yet know all the facts and cannot definitively say whether or not you deserve any blame. Leave that to investigators, insurance adjusters, and to your personal injury attorney to determine.

4.Focus on the important things: If you really want to be nice, make sure that everyone is okay and call for emergency medical assistance, if necessary. Apologizing will not do anyone any good, so leave that out of your vocabulary and focus on the important things, such as exchanging information, taking pictures, and contacting the police.

5.Do not apologize to the insurance company: Not only should you refrain from apologizing to others involved in the accident, but you should never apologize to the insurance company. They will use it against you. Allow your personal injury attorney to handle your dealings with the insurance company to avoid making any costly mistakes.

Personal Injury Attorneys in Oneonta

If you were recently injured in a car accident caused by someone else’s negligent or careless actions, now is the time to obtain the skilled, experienced, and aggressive legal representation you deserve to give you the best possible chance at obtaining compensation. At Scarzafava & Basdekis, our legal team will fight for the compensation you deserve to help you move forward.

Contact our office today at (607) 228-8404 to schedule a free initial consultation.