Apologizing is a common way of showing respect and empathy for a person.
It has the ability to disarm others of their anger and helps prevent further
misunderstandings. So it’s only normal that you feel the need to
apologize after a car accident, not because it will undo the wreck, but
perhaps in an attempt to lessen any negative effects that come from the crash.
Unfortunately, your sincerity may come at a cost.
After a car accident, you should never apologize to the other driver(s),
their passengers, the police, or an insurance company agent.
Why? Because your apology or admission of fault can be used against you later
in a lawsuit, even if you are innocent. If another person writes down
or records your exact words, your statement will most likely be admissible
So what should you do instead? Instead of apologizing, start by asking if everyone is okay. This isn’t
admitting fault and those words typically can’t be used against
you. When the police talk to you, give a purely factual rendering of the
events as you remember them. Any detailed accounts of the event should
not be made until you have had time to figure out what really happened
and consult with a legal expert to determine the best course of action.
If you have been injured in a wreck, contact our
New Orleans car accident lawyers at The Womac Law Firm. Personal injury claims can be complex but an experienced
attorney can fight on your behalf while you face the road to recovery.
We can help you receive compensation for medical treatments, hospital
bills, pain and suffering and property damage.
Call (504) 470-3935 or contact us online
for a free consultation.