After being in a car accident, you are going to have an entire list of responsibilities and tasks to complete. You should collect insurance and identifying information from everyone else involved. You should take pictures of the scene. You are also going to want to seek medical attention if you are injured or have good reason to think you might be injured.
The list of things to do is not all you need to worry about, though. There is also something you need to not do, no matter what happens: apologize.
Why Saying ‘Sorry’ Will Make You Really Sorry
You probably have the natural inclination to say that you are sorry after getting into a car accident. However, you need to resist your manners and never apologize after being in a crash. You should not say it to another driver, to a passenger, to a police officer, or to anyone else. Why?
Insurance companies are constantly combing through the details of a car accident to pinpoint liability. More accurately, they do this so they can pin liability on someone. If they get a record of you apologizing, then they are going to frame it like an admission of guilt. After all, an apology does imply you did or think you did something wrong. From “I am sorry for what happened” to “please accept my apology,” any statement along these lines must be avoided entirely.
Do not even apologize after you leave the scene of the accident and communicate with the other parties days or weeks later. Insurers will still be listening or reading transcriptions. With all of this in mind, you need to be extra careful when talking to an insurance company about what happened, which you do need to do sooner than later.
York Car Accident Lawyers Acting On Your Behalf
If you are worried about even talking to an insurance company about our car accident out of fear of inadvertently apologizing, then you should just avoid talking to them altogether. By retaining the legal services of Ilkhanoff & Silverstein and our York injury attorneys, you can allow us to act on your behalf for all interactions with insurance adjusters and other parties involved in your car accident. As legal professionals with decades of experience handling claims like yours, we know what to say – and what not to say – to help minimize or eliminate your liability.
Contact us today by dialing (717) 744-0531 and requesting a consultation.