Saying “I’m Sorry” Could Hurt Your Injury Case
When a person gets into an accident, the first thing that might pop out of his or her mouth is “I’m sorry.” The person likely means, “I’m sorry we both have to experience this,” but any observers to the event would only hear an apology from one person to another. Apologizing, while polite, could indicate to a third party or to the other person involved in the accident that you were somehow responsible for the mishap.
For example, if two people get into a car crash and one driver apologizes to another, a police officer may interview an observer and only get a third-party view of what happened directly after the collision. One person apologized to the other, indicating one of them is guilty of causing the accident.
An insurance company might read the police officer’s report and use the apology as a reason why it should pay less money to compensate the apologetic driver. The driver of the other car may have caused the accident altogether, but his or her insurance company might still use the apologetic driver’s “sorry” against him or her in court.
If you’ve been involved in an accident and you’re concerned about the other person, ask him or her whether they are okay or need medical attention. This inquiry can demonstrate your concern and compassion without compromising your insurance claim later.
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