After being involved in an
accident, people often feel quite shaken. After all, no one ever expects accidents
to happen. That said, it is crucial to be prepared for them and to know
how to respond. While it might seem natural to want to apologize afterward,
regardless if you are at fault or not, it is imperative that you temporarily
remove this word from your vocabulary. Saying that you are sorry after
an accident can have a massive impact on the outcome of your personal
injury claim and prevent you from obtaining the compensation you deserve.
Why is an apology so detrimental to a personal injury claim? Below are
just a few reasons why this simple gesture can cause so much harm:
It is an admission of fault: People tend to apologize when they do something wrong, so if you apologize
at the scene of a motor vehicle accident, it can easily be misinterpreted
as an admission of fault, especially if you say it in front of the law
enforcement officer who is writing up the police report. It might get
documented and, once the insurance companies see it, it will give them
just enough evidence to argue that you were at least partially at fault
for the accident.
You are not aware of all the facts: You might feel like you are responsible for the accident, but the truth
is that you do not know all the facts yet that, therefore, should not
jump to accept responsibility for it. Law enforcement, the insurance companies,
and your personal injury attorney are all going to investigate the details
of the accident and determine who is at fault for it, so give them all
a chance to their jobs. Otherwise, you might end up accepting the blame
for something you are not responsible for.
Focus on what is important: Saying that you are sorry will not do anyone any favors. Instead of offering
words, check to make sure if everyone is okay and call for emergency medical
assistance if necessary. You should also take this time to exchange pertinent
information with everyone involved, such as insurance information. Make
sure you also take as many pictures as possible of the damage, the overall
scene, and the other driver’s license plate. The more pictures you
are able to take, the better.
When you speak to the insurance adjuster: You should also be careful when you speak to the insurance adjuster. Apologizing
for the accident while speaking to someone who is actively trying to prevent
you from obtaining the compensation you deserve is not a mistake you should
ever risk making. He or she might even try to engage in casual conversation
with you to try to elicit an apology. To protect yourself against these
tactics, do not partake in these discussions and make sure that you only
provide basic information, such as your name, your address, and when and
where the accident occurred.
Car Accident Attorney in Midland
If you were recently injured in a motor vehicle accident due to another
party’s negligence, now is the time to obtain the skilled and knowledgeable
legal representation you need to secure the fair compensation you deserve.
At Dean Law Firm, our car accident attorneys in Midland have won tens
of millions of dollars on behalf of our clients and are backed by over
20 years of experience.
Get started on your case today and give us a call at
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