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Why You Should Avoid Saying "Sorry" After an Accident

Why You Should Avoid Saying "Sorry" After an Accident

Posted By The Barrera Law Firm, PLLC | 6-Feb-2017

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.

Categories: Auto Accidents

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