Whether it be accidently bumping into someone while walking on the street
or interrupting another person’s conversation, when most people
do anything that may possibly inconvenience another individual, their
first reaction is to say “I’m sorry.”
You can only imagine that this type of reaction must be even more prominent
after something much more serious, such as a
car accident. However, apologizing, in this case, can have a negative impact on your
Do Not Apologize to Anyone after a Car Collision
In the aftermath of a car accident, the word “sorry” should
not be part of your vocabulary since it could be interpreted as an admission
of guilt and used against you if you are seeking compensation from your
insurance adjuster or the other party's insurance provider.
Any of the following statements can potentially harm your claim:
- “I’m sorry”
- “I didn’t see you”
- “I wasn’t paying attention”
What to Say to the Other Driver
The first thing you should say to the passengers in your vehicle or the
other drivers or passengers involved in the collision is “Are you
No matter whose fault it is, check to see whether anybody was hurt and
suffered injury. Instead of getting angry and yelling at the driver, showing
concern for the well-being of everyone involved is the best thing to do.
Other than that, you do not have to say much else. Exchange names and contact
information of all parties involved, including witnesses. Take pictures
of the season and call the police in order to obtain an accident report.
If you suffered an injury in a car accident caused by a negligent driver
contact our Austin personal injury attorneys at
Komie & Morrow, LLP today.