Car accidents are not a typical experience for many people. Because most
people have never had to deal with a crash, and because they can be frightening
and confusing, many people make mistakes that can impact their ability
to file claims and recover compensation in the event that they are injured
in a wreck. While there are many
mistakes you can make following a crash, one of the biggest is saying “sorry”
to another driver or party involved in the collision.
At The Barrera Law Firm, PLLC, our personal injury lawyers have helped
recover millions of dollars in compensation on behalf of victims injured
in car wrecks throughout Alexandria and the state of Virginia. We know
what mistakes to avoid, and we know how to help victims best protect their
right to compensation when they are hurt in preventable accidents.
When it comes to saying “sorry” after a
car accident, here’s what you should know:
Never apologize – In the heat of the moment, it may be a natural reaction to apologize
to another driver or anyone involved in your wreck. While this may be
a nice gesture, it can negatively impact your personal injury claim, should
you choose to file one at a later time. This is because saying “sorry”
or apologizing for any actions can be interpreted as accepting blame,
even if you did nothing to cause the crash and it is entirely the fault
of another. You should never say “sorry” and instead make
sure anyone injured receives medical treatment, the police are called,
and that all information is exchanged.
Never admit fault – Just as with apologizing, admitting fault can be interpreted as
an acceptance of blame, especially by insurance companies that want to
pay you as little as possible. By admitting fault, you provide insurance
adjusters with the ammo they need to defend against your claim and allocate
fault to you. It’s especially important to avoid admitting fault,
not only because it can impact your case, but also because you might not
be fully aware of the circumstances at hand. For example, you may think
you are at fault when you really are not – another driver may have
violated a traffic law or been driving while under the influence or distracted.
Law enforcement, insurance agencies, and lawyers can better evaluate who’s at fault.
Speak to a lawyer – Regardless of what you said or did after an accident, it is always
best to speak with an experienced personal injury lawyer about your rights
and the steps you can take to recover financial compensation for your
damages, including medical expenses, pain and suffering, lost income,
and more. Our attorneys can also assist you in investigating the crash,
reviewing police reports, and determining who can be held at fault for
your wreck and your injuries.
Your actions after a car accident can certainly affect your personal injury
case, which is why it is important to be prepared for unforeseen. Still,
you do have rights after an auto wreck that was caused by another’s
negligence, and fault and liability can be accurately determined even
if you erroneously apologized or accepted blame. Our attorneys at The
Barrera Law Firm, PLLC can help you do just that.
To discuss your accident and what happened after the crash,
contact our firm for a free consultation. We serve clients throughout the region and have
a proven record of success in car accident cases. Se Habla Español.