We’ve all been in situations where someone bumps into us, but we blurt out “sorry,” even though it wasn’t our fault. We do this because we are a little embarrassed and because saying sorry is a common way to defuse a situation. However, there is a time and a place for everything, and saying sorry is never wise after experiencing a car accident.
Liability & Apologizing
After suffering car accidents, many people try to blame other drivers for their crashes. Unfortunately, someone who refuses to take responsibility can turn a straightforward process into a nightmare.
When this happens, reporting the accident turns into a game of “he-said, she-said”. At this point, police officers will look for any evidence that corroborates one party’s story. Unfortunately, a person’s testimony that says the other party got out of their vehicle and apologized could make officers believe that an innocent party is partially or fully responsible for the accident.
In other words, apologizing after an accident could be used as evidence of taking personal responsibility for the crash. Therefore, it’s always wise to skip the niceties and to never apologize after an accident.
What If I Apologized & It’s Not My Fault?
If you or a loved one suffers an accident and apologies afterwards, the hope is that the evidence of the case shows that you are not to blame. However, one of the best ways to protect yourself and seek compensation for injuries is to talk to an experienced North Dakota car accident attorney about your case.
Pringle & Herigstad can look into the facts of your case to argue that just because you apologized, that doesn’t mean you are legally at fault. We can help you navigate the insurance claims process, and take companies to court if the situation calls for it.
Need representation after suffering injuries after an accident? Call (855) 245-5100 for a free consultation for your case!