People are almost never prepared for an accident. Following a car crash, people are often confused, disoriented, and frightened, especially if they’ve suffered an injury. Because they’re not thinking straight, they might be included to say “sorry” to any other motorists involved.
The “sorry” isn’t necessarily an apology for causing the accident, but anyone who overhears you could make the assumption this is the case. You could mean, “I’m sorry we both had to experience this,” but all anyone will understand is one driver apologizing to another after a crash. If a witness later reports this information to a police officer taking statements at the scene of the collision, he or she will write the apology down in the police report that will later be seen by both driver’s insurance companies.
Even if another driver is entirely at fault for the accident, the “sorry” will be used by the at-fault driver’s insurance company to prove you admitted responsibility for the crash. Apologies can be used by insurance providers to direct liability away from their policyholders, which means they need to pay you less for damages. These companies are first and foremost businesses, so they will do all they can to save as much money as possible.
If you’re involved in an accident, avoid apologizing and, instead, as the other people if they’re hurt. By asking if they’re injured and need medical attention, you are demonstrating your concern without implicating yourself in the process.
Talk to one of our skilled San Jose personal injury attorneys if you or a loved one were harmed by a negligent driver. The Law Offices of Andrew B. Shin is dedicated to helping the victims of negligence seek compensation for medical bills, lost wages, and pain and suffering. Let us see what we can do for you.