Admission of Guilt and Liability
Generally, most people are aware that it is of the utmost importance to watch what they say after a car accident. This is especially so at the scene of the accident. However, this is a difficult principle to remember especially when in shock and suffering the after-effects of the accident. The moments after an accident the people involved may say a number of things for a number of reasons. For example:
- ‘I’m sorry’ – This apology to the other driver may not be intended as an admission of fault. Rather, it may be an expression of regret that the accident occurred or a way to convey relief that everyone involved in the accident came through without any serious injuries.
- ‘I didn’t even see you’ – This statement may be true and you may not have seen the other car in the seconds before the accident. However, it is not uncommon that there may be information you are not aware of. For example, it may be that the other driver was speeding or he or she made an illegal turn. Hence, the reason why you did not see him or her. However, by saying ‘I did not see you’ this does not necessarily translate to your being legally liable for the accident.
Making statements similar to the above is just human nature after an accident. However, admissions of fault, can be used to establish liability for the accident. Therefore, it is of the utmost importance that you train yourself to hold your tongue after the accident. This is especially so when it comes to issues of fault and liability.
The only thing you need to focus on is to exchange contact information with the other drivers and witnesses. In addition, answering any questions asked by medical personnel or police officers who arrive at the scene of the accident.