If you're in a car crash, the last thing you need is for the at-fault driver to turn aggressive. If, however, you're confronted with a hostile driver, here are some tips to help you stay in control of the situation.
1. Avoid Confrontation
To diffuse the situation, avoid engaging the driver more than necessary.
- Stay calm. Speaking slowly and clearly can be enough to pacify an agitated driver.
- Calmly attempt to obtain basic information such as their name and contact address. Let the police handle this part if you don't feel safe.
- Let the other party feel like you're listening to them, but don't take the blame for the incident.
- Likewise, you do not need to blame them. The police will handle the investigation and determine fault.
- If they drive off, take a picture of the car and their license plate. Do not chase them. You could escalate the situation or even cause a crash yourself.
2. Call the Police
You should always call the police when there is a car crash in Connecticut. You will need to document the crash for insurance purposes. Also, if you're dealing with someone who is potentially under the influence of drugs or alcohol it is important that they be evaluated by the police so they do not hurt anyone else.
3. Return to Your Vehicle
If you're concerned for your safety, return to your vehicle and lock the doors until the police arrive. If you can't get back inside your car for any reason, then maintain a safe distance between you and the other party.
4. Seek Medical Attention
If you are experiencing any symptoms, regardless of severity, after a motor vehicle collision, crash, or wreck it is important to go to the emergency department of a local hospital to get checked out. Consider going to the hospital in an ambulance if you are at all concerned that you are too shaken up or otherwise injured to safely drive yourself. Remember, your health is the number one priority.
If you do not think you need to go to the hospital from the scene of the crash don't hesitate to go later in the day or in the following days. Even if you do not think you need to go to the hospital it is always wise to get checkup up by a medial doctor if you have pain or are otherwise not feeling well in the days or weeks after a collision, crash, or wreck.
Additionally, documentation from the hospital, or other medical professionals, is important to support any personal injury claim you may make.
Hire a Vehicle Wreck Attorney in Connecticut
If you're injured after a car crash, don't be deterred from claiming compensation because the other driver is hostile or argumentative. As your attorney, I will conduct negotiations on your behalf, and I will help you get the compensation you deserve for your injuries.