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Dealing with post-collision road rage

On Behalf of | Sep 25, 2018 | Motor Vehicle Accidents

When car accidents happen, many people are so caught up in the incident that they never consider their personal safety until another event occurs that causes them new and further injury. In the middle of traffic is not the only time motorists should be on guard against aggressive behavior and rage. They should also watch for them after car accidents in Winchester. Not all crash victims end up with life-threatening and debilitating injuries. Some individuals emerge just fine from the wreckage only to sustain injuries from the possibly at-fault party.

Car accidents can cause people to feel many different emotions. It is not uncommon for people to become angry when the reality of their predicament hits them. They become overly aggressive and attack the parties they feel are responsible for the collisions, causing new or further injury to accident victims. Consider the following pointer about post-collision road rage:

Play it safe

Your first reaction may be to jump out of your vehicle to inspect the damage. Squelch the urge and assess the scene and all individuals before getting out of your car. If the other driver is screaming and acting/advancing aggressively towards you, stay in your vehicle and lock the doors (only if it is safe to do so). Contact the police and let them know that in addition to reporting the accident, you feel you are danger from the other person.

Ideally, you should call the cops as soon as you are reasonably able to do so. The longer you wait to contact 911, the more you risk the other motorist fleeing the scene before you can capture all the information you need to file a claim with your insurer and possibly a personal injury claim. Most insurers require this information for claims. Calling at the first practical chance gives you more time to get those details and prevent delays and complications with your situation.