After being involved in an accident or pulled over for a traffic stop, it is natural to want to explain yourself or justify your actions. Unfortunately, what you believe is a simple explanation could actually be viewed as a confession. Each day people in stressful situations accidentally incriminate themselves while trying avoid trouble or reduce potential penalties. Knowing these three ways you may accidentally incriminate yourself may help you avoid making a mistake that could cost you dearly.
One of the first things we learn as children is to apologize for mistakes, real or imagined. For that reason, it is normal for a person who has been involved in a motor vehicle accident or stopped by a police officer to apologize. Usually, the apology is meant to acknowledge that they have possibly inconvenienced the other party, or it is simply a knee-jerk reaction. Regardless of the reason, apologizing gives the impression that you are acknowledging fault or responsibility for the situation. Refrain from telling the other party that you are “sorry” or saying anything that could be construed as an admission of guilt.