Car accidents, even when minor, can be incredibly terrifying. Those who experience them can often feel disoriented and frightened after they occur. Modern society has also ingrained in us the habit to remain polite as much as possible, which includes apologizing if we feel off balance. When people say “sorry” to an individual involved in a car collision, they are likely indicating a regret that anyone needed to be involved in the accident at all; however, the other driver and any witnesses might take any apology to be an admission of guilt.
After a car accident, you and any other driver involved will need to file a claim to recover damages for any personal injuries and property damage. If you call the police, law enforcement officers will arrive on the scene to record what they see and interview any witnesses. If several witnesses report they heard you apologizing to the other driver, this could look incredibly bad for you when the car accident claims are filed.
Insurance companies will use any excuse possible to avoid paying claims. If someone is partially or fully liable for a car accident, therefore, the other driver’s insurance company may not cover the cost of your damages. Likewise, the other driver could decide to sue you for pain and suffering or loss of enjoyment of life.
If you’re involved in a car accident, do yourself a favor and don’t say you’re sorry. Instead, ask if the other person is okay. Ask if you can call them an ambulance. These are all questions that indicate your concern for their health and safety without potentially making yourself liable for the accident.
However, if you’ve been injured by another negligent driver, we can help. The Law Office of Robert W. Kovacs, Jr. can help you seek justice and compensation for your injuries. Let us see what our Worcester personal injury attorneys can do for you.