Fault Not Yourself


At time of accident there is A LOT going on. Emotions at the scene, dealing with injuries, getting information and the likelihood that you don’t know everything that led up to the point of contact. You have your own questions about how the accident happened. Even if you think you were at fault, do not admit fault.

I’m talking about an auto accident here, so here is an example: You’re stopped at a red light, you turn right and are struck by another car passing through the intersections. Who is at fault? Do you know fully what just happened? What will witnesses and accident reports made by the police investigators indicate? Based solely upon your knowledge that the light was red, you could easily make a statement at the scene of the accident that you were at fault.

Now, the rest of the facts: It was twilight and the car that struck you was speeding. When he saw a yellow light at the intersections, he floored the accelerator so he wouldn’t have to stop at the red light. When you checked for a clear roadway before making a legal turn, what you saw was a distant vehicle that allowed plenty of time for a turn. In the time it took you to turn your head to the right and make your turn, the other car had closed the distance to the intersection and struck your vehicle. Now that we see more of the facts, it is clear that this accident should be settled by objective investigation and by people with strong knowledge of how the law will apply. An admission of guilt by you would have been the wrong thing to do and deprives the insuring company of some of your defenses.

Help as you can, do what you need to, but do not admit fault.