Car accidents can leave those involved feeling disoriented and frightened. It can be easy to say something in the heat of the moment that may come back to harm your case later. Even something as simple as saying “sorry” may be used against you. Refraining from apologizing after your accident can prevent your apology from being misconstrued and understood as an admission of guilt.
After an accident, you and the other driver will need to file a claim to recover damages for personal injuries and property damage. It is also recommended to call the police to take a report and interview witnesses. A police report can be helpful when filing a claim with insurance companies, but also can damage your claim if witnesses report your apology.
Insurance companies will often use any excuse they can to avoid paying claims. If your apology is considered an admission of guilt, you may have a difficult time recovering compensation. Fault is incredibly important to these claims. If you are thought to be at-fault for the accident, you may not receive compensation for your damages.
There are other ways to express your concern for the others involved in an accident, without apologizing. You can ask if everyone is all right or offer to call the police or other emergency services for the injured person. These questions can allow you to still be considerate of the well-being of others, while protecting yourself for your upcoming claim.
It is important to protect yourself after an accident, and contact an experienced and knowledgeable Clearwater auto accident lawyer. Bryan Caulfield is ready to help you seek compensation for your injuries and help you through this stressful time. Speak to him today to schedule your free initial consultation.
Contact his firm by calling (727) 308-6060, and be sure to ask for Bryan.