Is it a Bad Idea to Say Sorry After a Car Accident?

Maverick Ray Law
May 15, 2023

Tips on What You Should and Should Not Say Following an Auto Accident  

No one thinks they will be involved in a serious car accident. In fact, accidents typically happen when we least expect them. So, when you are involved in a crash, you are often overwhelmed with questions. What should I do? What should I say?

It is important to keep in mind that everything you say and do following an auto accident can be used against you. To learn more about what to do after a crash, contact Maverick Ray & Associates. Our Houston attorneys will explain your rights and guide you on what you should and should not say or do after a crash. Call (281) 346-9451 today to arrange a FREE, no-obligation consultation.  

Never Say You’re Sorry

Perhaps the most critical advice we can give is never to say you’re sorry. Although it is not uncommon for someone to say they’re sorry after a crash, apologizing is virtually always viewed as an admission of guilt. Whether you feel you might have been responsible for the crash or believe another party was at fault, it is never a good idea to say you are sorry.

Other Things to Avoid Following a Car Crash

Although admitting fault is at the top of the list of things not to do, there are other things you should avoid. Do not leave the accident scene for any reason. Whether or not you think you are at fault, leaving the scene can not only make you look guilty but can also lead to criminal charges.  

After being involved in a crash, many motorists want to discuss what happened with family members, friends, and co-workers. Many also turn to social media, posting details and photos of the crash. But keep in mind that anything you say has the potential to hurt your case. So it is best to keep the details of the crash between you and your attorney.  

Insurance companies will also want a rundown of what happened. Provide the insurance company with your name, contact information, and details about your own insurance company, but don’t divulge any other information. Let your attorney speak to the insurance company and any third parties on your behalf.

What You Should Do After a Houston Auto Accident

If you were involved in a crash, there are some things you should do. First, make sure you and others involved in the accident are safe. Call 911, so they can dispatch an officer and emergency personnel to the scene. When the EMTs arrive, give them the opportunity to assess your condition and treat them as needed.

When speaking with the police officer, provide them with your name, driver's license, registration, and insurance information. If you have chosen not to give an account of what happened, remember to respectfully decline to speak about the crash. Simply let the officer know you don’t wish to answer any questions until you have spoken to your attorney.

Many people worry that not speaking to the officer about what happened makes them appear guilty. However, that is not the case. Officers know you have the right to remain silent and will allow you to do so.

Protect Your Rights By Calling Maverick Ray & Associates Today

If you were involved in a car accident in Houston, contact the Maverick Ray & Associates legal team. Whether you are seeking compensation from the responsible party or need help defending yourself against a liability claim, we can help.  Our attorneys will investigate the crash and advocate strongly on your behalf to protect your rights and secure the best possible outcome. Contact us online or call (281) 346-9451 today to schedule a FREE, no-obligation consultation with one of our experienced and dedicated attorneys in Houston.