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Should I Admit Fault for a Car Accident

Should I admit fault for a car accident? This is an extremely important question if you have been involved in a car accident that you believe was your fault.

Whether a car accident is a small “fender bender” that results in no injuries and little damage to either vehicle, or there are serious injuries and extensive damage to vehicles; a car accident may be a disconcerting, unnerving and traumatic experience. Especially, if you have never before been in a car accident, it may prove to be a nightmare that you keep reliving.

No injuries


It may help if you think the other driver was at fault for the car accident. It may also help if there were no apparent injuries and the damage to your car is minor.

However, what if you think you were the one who was at fault for the accident? What should you do? Should you admit fault for the car accident?

You should never tell the other driver, anyone in the other driver’s car, a witness, the police or anyone else that the car accident was your fault. To do so is to make a serious mistake that can and probably will be used against you at a later time.

Dazed, confused


You need to understand that when a car accident occurs, you are probably going to be injured, upset, confused or dazed. You are not in any condition or have had time to sit down and calmly reflect on the accident and how it happened.

Even though you really believe the car accident was your fault, you are not the one who determines and decides fault. That is what insurance companies and the police do. They determine who is at fault. When the final determination of fault is made, it could be that the other driver was as much at fault or even more at fault than you.

After a car accident, it is probably best to simply ask the other driver if they or anyone else is injured and exchange your contact and insurance information. Then, you just wait until the police come.

Walk away


The other driver may be angry at you and accuse you of being at fault for the car accident. You should never admit fault because you think it will calm the other driver down. The best thing to do is to walk away and wait for the police to get there.

When the police get there, you should cooperate with them. However, it is not the time to volunteer information, give your opinions or admit fault. Just state the facts.

Finally, by not admitting fault, you are not trying to lie or cover up anything. You are not trying to get away with anything or fail to accept responsibility.

As already mentioned, determining fault is not your job. If it turns out that you are at fault or even when a car accident is not your fault, in many cases, it is wise to have a personal injury attorney standing by your side. Why not contact a personal injury attorney and have your case evaluated at no cost or obligation to you.

Article written by James Shugart

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