What Not to Say After a Car Crash
Auto accidents are some of the most common kinds of incidents in the United States. At least one happens every minute. In this country alone, there are 5.25 million auto accidents per year. According to some estimates, most drivers will file a car crash claim once every 17 years or so. While car collisions are commonplace, they are no less frightening. Verbal responses are often so well-ingrained they pop out as soon as we encounter another person after the collision. While “I’m sorry” may be the first thing that wants to come out of your mouth, instead you should ask “Are you okay?”
Accidents are often surrounded by people rushing to help after the collision. These people can later be called on as witnesses if the case goes all the way to court. Your “I’m sorry” could have meant “I’m sorry this happened to you” or “I’m sorry this happened to both of us,” but in a court of law, an attorney could use that as an admission of guilt. Even if the accident wasn’t your fault, such a phrase could be viewed as an apology for contributing to the crash.
While it may be a hard habit to break, after an accident refrain from apologizing for causing any inconvenience. For all you know, the other person could have been the primary cause of the crash. (In which case, they would oweyou an apology.) Concern yourself with ensuring all people involved are okay, call law enforcement to report the incident and take pictures of all the damage you can.
If you need help filing a car accident claim, or your claim was rejected, make sure to speak with an experienced Durham auto accident attorney. Hyland + Padilla PLLC has more than 50 years of combined experience to offer your case. Our firm emphasizes open communication with clients, and our after-hours bilingual answering service is available to take your calls 24/7. Let us work with you on your case. We can represent you in negotiations or in court if need be. Contact us today or fill out our online form to schedule a free case consultation today.