Car Accident FAQs
What should you NOT do / say after a car accident?
Don’t say “I’m sorry”. It is easy to feel sorry for the other drivers – even if the accident was not your fault. Their car might be totaled, they may even be injured – and you may be tempted to say “I’m sorry” as a way of comforting them. DON’T! A simple “I’m sorry” can be used to show that you admitted guilt and responsibility for the accident.
What does “contributory negligence” mean when determining who is liable for a traffic accident?
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Contributory negligence means that if you are found to be partially at fault for your accident, even if minimally so, you will be barred from recovering monies from other at fault parties. This is a legal doctrine that is exceedingly harsh to claimants and serves as another reason why you should never speak with an insurance company prior to speaking with an attorney.