Saying “Sorry” Could Hurt Your Injury Case
Car accidents are commonplace, but that fact doesn’t make them any less jarring when they occur. Even after small crashes, people can feel terrified or in shock. It is in these moments that they might exit their cars and say “I’m so sorry” to the other driver. Whether or not the car accident was your fault, never say “sorry” because it could be taken as an admission of guilt.
Like many people, sometimes saying “sorry” after a disaster isn’t an apology; instead, it’s a phrase of commiseration—sorry, you have to experience this too. However, while the person who suffered the crash with you might understand, any nearby witnesses will only hear you apologizing to the other driver. When the police arrive on the scene, these witnesses will report the scene, and your apology, to law enforcement, who will mark it down in their report.
Later, when you try and recover compensation for any medical bills, the insurance company might review these police records and find that you are fully liable for the accident, paying little or nothing in recompense. Insurance companies only have their best interests in mind, so if they can save themselves a little money, they will.
After an accident, instead of apologizing to the other person, ask if they are okay. Alternatively, ask them if you should call an ambulance for them if they’re injured. This phrasing will demonstrate your concern for their health without potentially claiming liability in the accident.
If you’ve filed a car accident claim and the insurance company has given you less than you are owed, or deny your claim altogether, talk to one of our skilled Sacramento car accident lawyers about your case as soon as possible. Del Rio & Carichoff, P.C. was formed to help the victims of personal injury seek compensation for their medical bills, lost wages, and pain and suffering. Let us see what we can do for you.
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