When a Driver Becomes Hostile After a Car Accident
It’s never fun to be involved in a car accident. They definitely put a kink in your day, can lead to painful injuries and more times than not, they cause frustration as you deal with your insurance company. But what do you do if the driver who hit you becomes hostile or even unpredictable, while at the scene of the wreck.
What Should I Do If the Other Driver Is Angry and Starts Yelling At Me?
Regardless of who is at fault, you may experience a hostile driver following a traffic accident. The driver may be drunk, under the influence, or simply reacting out of fear of the potential consequences. If at any time you feel threatened by the other driver, get back into your car, lock the doors and call police immediately. If your vehicle is totaled or it is unsafe to get back in, create a physical distance between yourself and the other driver and wait until police arrive. Be sure to notify the operator that the driver is hostile and that you feel unsafe.
What Should I Do If the Other Driver Threatens to Flee?
If you suspect that the other driver wants to flee the scene, call 911 right away. The driver may be attempting to escape responsibilities for hitting you. Take note of the vehicle make, model, year, color and physical description of the driver. Inform the operator of the direction the driver went in case he or she does actually try to get away.
What Type of Compensation Am I Entitled To?
If you file a civil lawsuit against the driver who hit you, you may be entitled to compensation for medical care, lost wages, vehicle repairs and more. Your injuries may be so severe that you needed surgery, physical therapy or continued chiropractic care. You should not have to endure such stresses on your own.
Your initial consultation will allow your attorney to review your case and determine whether or not you are entitled to compensation for damages.
The Law Office of Brent Duque can help you seek maximum recovery for your car accident injuries. For a free consultation, please contact us today at 1-877-241-9554. Our dedicated staff is friendly and responsive, providing 24 hour availability and firm-wide commitment to each individual and family we represent.