Dealing With a Dangerous Driver After a Car Accident
Temperatures can rise to the boiling point following a motor vehicle accident in Texas. Regardless of who is at fault, your physical safety is paramount following a collision. When the other driver turns dangerous, protecting yourself is your top priority. In terms of what to do after an accident in Texas, there are some things you should do to stay safe until police arrive to help.
First, never argue or engage with the other driver. It's an argument no one wins, and moreover, it's not up to the other driver to determine who is at fault; that's the job of investigators and the court. If the other driver attempts to engage you, either lock yourself in the vehicle or move yourself to a location away from the driver. Further, while you do have a right to self-defense in Texas, avoiding physical confrontation is always the best strategy no matter how well prepared you may think you are to protect yourself.
Be Aware of Your Surroundings
If at all possible, park in a well-lit, well-populated public area. Never allow yourself to be isolated alone with the other driver. Remember, you are under no obligation to engage with the other driver or to otherwise "take orders" from the other driver.
Reach Out to the Authorities
Critically, get on the phone to the police and inform them of the situation that is unfolding. Stay on the phone with the dispatcher and when possible, the responding officer(s) and make sure that the police are fully apprised of the situation before they arrive. Give the dispatcher a physical description of the individual, their license plate, and as much information as you can.
Protect Your Confidentiality
It is also imperative that you keep your documents and information to yourself. You will have to provide this information to the other driver, but you can complete this exchange through the responding law enforcement officer.
We recommend that you start recording events immediately following a motor vehicle accident. You are within your rights to take video of the accident scene and the other driver's behavior/words.
Last, but not least, contact a personal injury attorney at Welmaker Injury Law by calling (726) 666-6666. When it comes to deciding what to do after a car accident, we will give you the advice and support you need to recover.