Why You Shouldn’t Say I’m Sorry
In the aftermath of a
car accident, you may feel an impulse to apologize for the collision, even if it wasn’t
your fault. However, it is imperative to avoid saying “I’m
sorry” at all costs. It could be interpreted as an admission of
guilt and used against you if you attempt to file a claim.
Even if you believe you caused the collision, still don’t say sorry
at the scene. Not all of the facts of the accident has been gathered and accessed.
For example, if you rear-end someone because you thought they were moving,
it may appear to be entirely your fault. But if it becomes apparent that
their brake lights were not working, investigators may determine that
this fact may contribute more to the collision.
What You Should Tell the Other Driver & Law Enforcement
Regardless of who is truly at fault, check to see if anyone was harmed
and suffered injuries. If the other driver caused the accident, it is
best to control your anger and frustrations. Instead, stay calm and show
some concern for the welfare of everyone involved.
After checking for injuries, you do not have to say much. All that is necessary
is to exchange names and contact information.
If a police officer arrives at the scene of the accident, the officer will
often initially speak with the person they believe to be at fault. As
the other driver’s interview is taking place, avoid eavesdropping
or interfering in any way. Rather, use your cell phone or a piece of paper
to write down everything you remember about the accident and how it all
During your interview, be honest and polite with the officer. If he or
she asks you anything that isn’t included in your summary, make
a note of it.
For more information,
contact our Orange County personal injury lawyer at
Golomb & Honik, P.C. today.