After a car accident, your first instinct might be to apologize to the other drivers involved. Stress and emotions are high after a crash and in the moment, it might make sense to try to connect with the other individuals.
As an empathetic person, you might feel genuinely sorry for the injuries and damage that occurred. However, saying sorry after an accident with pedestrians or vehicles is a big mistake.
Inadvertently accepting responsibility
Pennsylvania applies modified comparative negligence to personal injury lawsuits. According to the statute, if you contributed in part to the damages claimed in the lawsuit, it will reduce the total award you receive.
This means that apologizing can complicate your efforts to receive fair compensation from the parties who caused the accident. Saying sorry makes it appear like you take partial or full responsibility.
Accidentally admitting guilt
In the confusing aftermath of a collision, you may think you were the one who caused the accident. Yet at this point, you do not have enough information. You do not know all the facts and circumstances surrounding the crash.
Also, in the moments following an accident, your health should be your only concern. Give your attention and cooperation to police, paramedics and any other roadside assistance. If you try talking to the other people involved in the accident, this detracts from the more important matters you face.
To increase your chances of receiving reasonable compensation for an accident, carefully censor what you say to others.