In the aftermath of a car accident, it can be easy to feel shocked, frightened, and afraid. Due to feeling these overwhelming emotions, people may be inclined to say “sorry” as a natural reaction to unforeseen circumstances. Unfortunately, apologizing after a crash can have significant consequences regarding one’s ability to recover compensation for their damages through a personal injury claim.
An Admission of Fault
Saying “sorry” after an accident can be viewed as an admission of fault for causing the crash. When you say “sorry” to another driver, or tell a police officer reporting the incident, you establish a track record of an apology that can be verified through multiple sources. Since insurance companies are dedicated to making a profit and doing whatever it takes to pay victims as little as possible, they may use your apology and leverage it as evidence of you admitting fault to the accident.
What You Should Say
Regardless of who is at fault, you should always check to see whether anyone was injured. Showing concern for the well-being of everyone involved is the right thing to do.
After checking for injuries, you do not need to say much else. Exchange names and contact information. While you wait for police to arrive, take photos of the scene and gather evidence to file your claim.
When a police officer interviews you about the incident, be polite and honest. When it comes to speaking with the other driver’s insurance adjuster, accurate and honest information will help move the claims process along faster.
If you have been injured in a car accident caused by a negligent driver in Indiana, contact Wruble Law Group and request a free case evaluation with our South Bend lawyers today.