Sometimes we offer apologies as a gut reaction to express sympathy for someone else’s pain, but when it comes to car accidents, saying sorry takes on a whole new meaning. When you apologize after an accident, it can be construed by the other driver, and insurance companies, as an omission of guilt. So, whether you believe yourself to be at fault or not, apologizing after an accident is never a good idea.
Get the Facts
Sometimes people may feel that, because they think they caused the accident, they should apologize. However, it is important to remember that you may not have been to blame, even if you think you were. Accidents can be caused by unseen road hazards, vehicle malfunctions or faulty car parts. In such cases, your accident could have been caused by some other outside force, not you. Never apologize or admit fault because, until your case is reviewed by specialists, you cannot know if you were responsible for the crash.
Apologizing May Suggest Fault
Personal injury cases are all about proving who was at fault, so if you give the other party any indication that you could have been at fault, you could provide evidence against your own case. Whether you apologize casually to the other driver involved in your accident or you give an official statement with an apology to the other party’s insurance company, your contrition could easily be used against you in court.
Insurance companies can use the apology to lay some or all of the fault at your feet. They could argue that, if you apologized, you must have known you were at fault and therefore admitted your guilt.
Alternatives to Saying Sorry
Even though you shouldn’t apologize to the other parties involved in your crash, that doesn’t mean you can’t still show care. Always check to see if anyone involved is injured, and ask if they require medical attention. If anyone seems harmed, call 911 and ask for an ambulance.
Contact Lyons & Simmons, LLP to discuss your car accident case with our Dallas personal injury attorneys.