Our Dallas car accident lawyers at the law firm of Reyes Browne Reilley have seen victims make this mistake before. Unfortunately, it is a quite common one. We always urge our clients to avoid apologizing at all costs. The first reason being is it can result in misinterpretation. Saying you’re sorry is a very common nuance to civilized conversations surrounding traumatic or difficult circumstances. It happens.
For many people, saying “I am sorry” is an extremely easy and natural response to anything bad that happens, regardless if it was their fault or not. Saying you are sorry or apologizing in any way after a Texas car accident has an entirely different connotation behind the words.
These connotations hold extremely negative consequences for what can ultimately happen come time to file a claim or a lawsuit to recover monetary compensation for the injuries you suffered in relation to the accident. If you leaped out of your car to apologize and you were not the one in the wrong, you could be liable for the accident.
Admitting Fault Can Damage Your Car Accident Claim
However, it may not be intended as your acceptance of fault, but it can certainly be taken that way by the other party involved. The acceptance of fault is something we typically see when it comes to dealing with insurance companies. Apologizing after the accident, offering to pay outright to avoid police involvement or insurance exchanges, and even outright saying the accident was your fault. These admissions or acceptance of fault can be brought up when the insurance company begins playing games to deter you from filing an injury claim on their client’s policy.
Simply saying “I’m sorry” is a phrase to avoid following an accident. The best thing you can do is keep quiet, stay away from the other party, and call the police. While you wait for them to show up, never say anything that could potentially be misunderstood as to what you were doing before or during the accident. It is okay to ask the other party if they are okay, or if they need any help while you ensure everyone in your car is in good health as well.
Don’t Apologize – Call Angel Reyes Instead
While you wait for the police to arrive, it is certainly an excellent idea to call a Dallas car accident law firm with any more questions you may have surrounding admission of fault and misinterpretation. Do not say “I’m sorry” to anyone. Instead, call Angel Reyes to help you with your case proceedings from the very beginning at (214) 526-7900.