Unapologetic Consequences of an Apology
Getting into a car accident or pulled over by the police is an anxiety-provoking experience, especially if you think it’s your fault. Your mind may be clouded with questions and concerns that prohibit you from thinking clearly. As a result, you can make your situation worse if you simply say “sorry.”
Whether you were pulled over for a traffic violation or got into DUI/DWI-related crash, the same rule applies: Don’t apologize. Many people do so out of regret and respect for others, while others say sorry out of habit. Either way, police officers and drivers can perceive an apology, or form of an apology, as an admission of guilt.
Forms of Apologies
In an accident, saying something as little as “I didn’t see you” or “I feel bad” can work against you. You can ask if the other party is injured but leave it at that. You should also be conscious of what you write down when you exchange contact information with the other party, as anything in writing is tangible evidence.
Many people believe that if they apologize after getting pulled over, police officers will pity them and let them go. That’s not the case, nor a risk you should be willing to take. When an officer asks you why you think they pulled you over, rather than saying “sorry” and shedding a few tears (fake or not), say “No, I don’t know.”
Thus, no matter how bad you feel about “causing” an accident or violating a traffic law, you must be aware of every action you do and words you say, as both can be used against you.
Our Proven Traffic Violations Lawyer Is Here to Help
With over 30 years of experience, our traffic violation attorney works diligently to help clients overcome bad situations with the law. We understand that getting into an accident after committing an alleged traffic violation and getting pulled over by the police are both intimidating, uncomfortable situations.
Many people don’t get themselves into these types of incidents, so when they do, they may be unsure of what to do or say. This is to be expected, but as long as you don’t say “sorry,” you’re immediately making your situation a little bit better.
We urge you to contact us at (212) 235-1525 to learn how we can help resolve your traffic issue.