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Be careful about apologizing after a crash

On Behalf of | Jun 26, 2020 | Personal Injury |

If you get into a car accident, is your first instinct to go to the other driver and apologize? Maybe you’re just a kind-hearted person. You want them to know that you’re sorry this event has happened and you wish it hadn’t. 

Your intentions may be good, but apologizing can cause some serious problems. That driver may take it as an admission of guilt. After all, if you didn’t cause the accident, they can argue, you wouldn’t have anything to apologize for. 

That may never have been your goal. You know they caused the crash. You were just trying to make them feel better. But if you insinuate that you’re even partially guilty, they may try to use that to claim they were not at fault and should not have to cover the costs. 

Instead of apologizing, if you do go talk to them, just ask them if they are all right. You can still be compassionate and caring. You can ask if they need you to call 911. You can exchange insurance information and contact information. You can take pictures of the scene and discuss very general information. But do not get into anything too specific and never give them the idea that you think the crash was your fault. That’s the last impression you want to create. 

This doesn’t always come naturally to people, but it’s important to watch what you say. Just talk about things that are absolutely necessary, seek medical assistance when needed, and then start considering your legal options if you got injured in the accident. An experienced advocate can often help you determine how to claim fair compensation for your losses.