While statements expressing sympathy following an accident are generally inadmissible under law, the Massachusetts Court of Appeals considered whether a statement expressing an apology and an admission of fault at the same time could be heard by a jury. Ultimately, the court determined it could.

In May 2014, a then-high school student, Sarah Duffy, was driving a Jeep Wrangler and was attempting to make a left turn. However, her view was obstructed by two work trucks parked on the side of the road, according to the appellate court’s opinion filed Thursday.