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Never Say Sorry After a Crash

Posted on in Personal Injury

Car accidents can be particularly disorienting and stressful. People never expect them to happen, and when they do, they may be completely blindsided by the events. Likewise, accidents can be dangerous and can also often cause our stress responses to increase. Our heart rates intensify, and our adrenaline levels rise, which is our bodies’ ways of preparing us for danger.That same response, however, can often numb us to the situation at hand.Without thinking about it, you could find yourself apologizing to another driver involved.

While this is a natural response, it may not do you any favors in the long run. You and the other driver might not know who caused the accident. In fact, both of you might have contributed some part to it. However, if other people witnessed the events and stopped to help you, all they might be seeing is you apologizing to the other driver. If a police officer later investigates the accident,he or she may take witness statements that place you at the scene apologizing to the other driver. The other driver’s insurance company may use this as evidence you actually were at fault in the incident.

Instead of apologizing, you should ask the driver about the state of their health. Are you okay? Are you hurt? Do you need me to call an ambulance?This, in its own way, demonstrates your compassion while preventing you from admitting to fault.

However, if you’ve already accidentally apologized for an accident that wasn’t your fault, you need an experienced Greenwich personal injury attorney on your side. Our skilled lawyers have more than 30 years of legal experience to off your case. Ivey, Barnum & O'Mara, LLC have built a reputation of being dedicated legal representatives who have dealt with many complex,difficult, and serious personal injury trials. Let us see what we can do for you. Contact us at 203-661-6000 or fill out our online form to schedule a free case consultation today.

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