Whether you accidently bump into somebody while walking on a busy street
or inadvertently knock over your drink at the dinner table, anything that
results in inconvenience to another person may cause us to apologize for
However, in the wake of a
car accident, the word “sorry” should not be part of your vocabulary.
Apologizing Is Often Interpreted as an Admission of Fault or Guilt
Any form of apology after a car crash can potentially be construed by insurance
providers as an indication that you are admitting responsibility for the
collision – thereby giving them a reason to deny your coverage and
hold you financially responsible for the correlating damages. Although
it may appear rude, it is important that you resist the urge to apologize
at the scene of an accident, even if you believe that you were at fault
for the collision.
Since not all of the facts are gathered immediately after a crash, prematurely
claiming responsibility will only harm your ability to pursue a claim.
Being mindful of what you say can oftentimes be the difference between
obtaining a fair settlement and a lengthy legal dispute.
The following statements can harm your car accident claim:
- “I’m sorry”
- “I wasn’t paying attention”
- “I did not see you”
In addition, you should not say “I’m okay” or “I’m
fine” if you are asked how you feel after a crash. These comments
can be just as damaging, as some injuries suffered in car accidents often
have delayed symptoms and side effects, which do not surface until hours,
days, or even weeks later. Claiming to be alright following a collision
can result in difficulties obtaining insurance coverage for medical expenses.
If you have suffered an injury in a car accident in OH,
contact a Toledo personal injury lawyer at
Williams DeClark Tuschman Co., L.P.A. and request a
free consultation today.