Apologies are often a natural response to conflict, even if you weren’t at fault for something. While saying “sorry” to another person when you step on their foot may be a nice gesture, it is not the best thing to say after an auto accident. That’s because apologies and something as simple as saying “sorry” can potentially have a negative impact on your personal injury claim, and can create complications that hinder your ability to secure the compensation you need for the preventable injuries and damages you suffered.
As a proven Houston personal injury attorneys, our legal team at Stern Law Group is dedicated to protecting the rights of injured victims and families across Texas, and have handled many cases involving all types of car accidents. Because taking the right steps after an accident is crucial to your personal injury case, as is avoiding certain mistakes, we wanted to take the time to educate local residents about why it is best to avoid saying sorry.
- You don’t have all the facts – After an auto accident, you don’t have all the facts regarding what happened and what led to the crash. Even if you think you might be at fault or contributed to the wreck in some way, there could be factors you are unaware of that truly led to the crash (such as another driver who was texting or distracted at the time, or who was driving under the influence). Remember, you do not have all the facts surrounding the accident to know who for sure is at fault. It is best to leave investigations into fault and liability up to police, insurance adjusters, and the attorney you choose to guide you through the personal injury claim process.
- It can change the way others view what happened – By apologizing immediately after an accident, you can actually shape how others view and interpret what happened. When another driver hears “sorry,” they may take that as an admission of fault, which can not only lead them to believe you caused the wreck (even if you did not) but also shape how they discuss the accident with law enforcement officers who compile police reports or their insurance representatives.
- The Insurance company can use it against you – Insurnace companies who represent their policy holders in personal injury cases are first and foremost corporations. This means they all too often prioritize profits over people – even if those people are innocent victims harmed by their customers. When they have evidence of an apology that was made after a wreck, they may be quick to highlight this to support their claims that you caused or contributed to a collision somehow. The same is true of any apologies or admissions of fault you may make, even erroneously, during a recorded statement – which is why you should also avoid making any recorded statements with insurance companies, and let your attorney handle these communications on your behalf.
Whether you said “sorry” after your accident or not, it is still crucially important to bring your case to the attention of trusted attorneys. Our legal team at Stern Law Group has helped more than 40,000 clients during some of the most difficult times in their lives, and are prepared to do the same for victims and families who reach out to us for help. With over 150 years of combined experience, we can help investigate your accident to determine who is at fault and who can potentially be held liable for your damages, including any medical bills, lost income, and pain and suffering you experienced as a result of your injuries, among other damages. Contacting a lawyer from our firm as soon as possible after the crash can ensure that the most appropriate steps are taken from the very beginning.
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