How Saying "Sorry" After an Accident Could Affect Your Legal Case
What you say after a car accident can affect your case, including apologizing to the other driver. While the compassionate and understanding part of you wants to say sorry, it could jeopardize your chances of recovering compensation for your injuries or property damaged. Here are a few reasons why you should never say “sorry” after getting in an accident:
- It can be seen as an acceptance of fault: If you apologize after an accident, it can be seen as an admission of fault. Even if you believe the accident is your fault, there are facts and circumstances you may not yet be aware of that may have contributed to the accident, such as a drunk driver or a popped tire. Because you don’t know what exactly happened right after the accident, don’t accept fault.
- It can be used as evidence by an insurer: If you apologize in front of a police officer or to an insurance provider, they may use this as evidence to place responsibility on you. While they may not push all of the blame on you, they can put enough that it becomes a financial burden. Insurance companies will do everything possible to pay as little as they can to car accident victims, or deny their claims entirely. Don’t give them ammunition by apologizing.
If you or a loved one was injured in an accident caused by the reckless or negligent actions of another party, you may be eligible for compensation. At The Beasley Firm, our team has over 60 years of experience and is equipped with the knowledge and resources to help you receive full and fair compensation for physical and emotional injuries you may have suffered. You should not have to bear the burden of someone else’s mistakes. Contact our Philadelphia auto accident lawyers today to talk about your case.
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