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
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,
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.
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