What Not to Say After a Car Accident

Why You Shouldn’t Say I’m Sorry

In the aftermath of a car accident, you may feel an impulse to apologize for the collision, even if it wasn’t your fault. However, it is imperative to avoid saying “I’m sorry” at all costs. It could be interpreted as an admission of guilt and used against you if you attempt to file a claim.

Even if you believe you caused the collision, still don’t say sorry at the scene. Not all of the facts of the accident has been gathered and accessed.

For example, if you rear-end someone because you thought they were moving, it may appear to be entirely your fault. But if it becomes apparent that their brake lights were not working, investigators may determine that this fact may contribute more to the collision.

What You Should Tell the Other Driver & Law Enforcement

Regardless of who is truly at fault, check to see if anyone was harmed and suffered injuries. If the other driver caused the accident, it is best to control your anger and frustrations. Instead, stay calm and show some concern for the welfare of everyone involved.

After checking for injuries, you do not have to say much. All that is necessary is to exchange names and contact information.

If a police officer arrives at the scene of the accident, the officer will often initially speak with the person they believe to be at fault. As the other driver’s interview is taking place, avoid eavesdropping or interfering in any way. Rather, use your cell phone or a piece of paper to write down everything you remember about the accident and how it all transpired.

During your interview, be honest and polite with the officer. If he or she asks you anything that isn’t included in your summary, make a note of it.

For more information, contact our Orange County personal injury lawyer at Golomb Legal, P.C. today.