After involvement in a motor vehicle accident, is it a good idea to say, "I'm sorry?" We understand that it may be instinctual to apologize, whether or not you feel that you are to blame. For many, this word has come to mean something to the extent of "excuse me" when they almost bump another person in a hallway.
When it comes to being involved in a motor vehicle accident, however, you should remain very aware of what you say and what you do not say. Apologizing after a crash can result in many negative consequences and can lead to liability and negative impact on your personal injury claim.
What Apologizing Implies
By apologizing for an accident, you are unintentionally implying that you are at fault for the accident. Regardless of who was at fault, this statement can be used against you by the insurance company.
If it seems obvious that the accident was your fault, you should still avoid saying anything that would be self-incriminating and an admittance of guilt. Keep in mind that there may have been other factors that caused the accident that you are not aware of.
What to Do Instead of Saying, "I'm Sorry"
Rather than giving an opinion about the cause of the accident or apologizing, there are other aspects of the case to focus on. Make sure everyone receives medical attention at once. Gather all the evidence and witness information you need by:
- Taking pictures of the scene
- Gather the names / contact info of any witnesses
- Exchange insurance information with all other involved drivers
- Exchange contact information with all other involved drivers
If you have suffered injuries from the accident, reach out to our Albuquerque personal injury attorneys. We can help you build a case and provide you with guidance through your case. We are available to listen and answer questions.