Are There Negative Implications For Apologizing For the Other Driver’s Injuries After an Accident?
After a car accident where the other driver has been injured, it is natural to express concern for that person’s well-being. Before you know it, you can even find yourself apologizing for the injuries that the other driver incurred in the car accident – even when you know it wasn’t your fault. When you are subsequently dealing with your own injuries, your mind will likely drift back to your earlier apology and wonder whether your statements on the scene will now negatively affect your ability to recover.
Unfortunately, etiquette rules do not apply in the context of a car accident. For this reason, you should understand in advance that you should never apologize to the other driver after an accident. But if you happened to after your accident, you should also understand what that can mean for you.
Does Every Apology Trigger Negative Implications?
No. Under Florida law, an individual can generally apologize to someone who has been injured in an accident and/or their family members without the apology being admissible in court. This also includes statements, writings, and other benevolent gestures that express sympathy. However, any statement of fault is admissible, and this kind of statement can be unintentional and for this reason, it is better to be safe than sorry.
What Are the Potential Implications of Apologizing After an Accident?
- You may inadvertently be admitting fault. Keep in mind that people tend to apologize when they do something wrong. So unfortunately, your concern may be interpreted as an admission of fault, especially if you say it in the presence of a police officer.
- You may be disoriented. Car accidents happen so quickly that it is difficult to determine who is responsible immediately afterward. Even if you may think you are responsible, you should remember that you don’t have all the facts and wait to see what an investigator later determines.
- Your apology will not change the facts. Even if the other driver happens to be injured, your apology does not have the potential to impact the effects of the accident. Instead, you should focus on behaviors that can such as calling 9-1-1 and inquiring who is injured.
- You may accidentally give a statement you will later regret to the adjuster. Ideally, you should never speak to an insurance adjuster until you have spoken with an experienced personal injury attorney. And apologizing for the accident while speaking to someone whose job is to prevent you from obtaining the compensation you are entitled to is not something you should risk.
Take the Next Step in Protecting Yourself.
We understand how easy it is to make a simple mistake that can undermine your chance at being awarded damages even as you suffer from the aftermath of injuries incurred in a traumatic car accident. Contact the experienced Orlando car accident attorneys of The Pendas Law Firm today and we may be able to help you recover the compensation you are entitled to despite your post-accident apology to the other driver.
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