You are your family have been looking forward to going to the Daytona Beach Blues Festival for months. The day it began, you loaded up your van and took a drive down I-4 to get there. Along the way, a driver pulls up next to you and begins honking, shouting, and gesturing to you in crude ways.
You did what you could to remain calm—but you’d be lying if you said your nerves weren’t a bit rattled. The driver continued his rant and became so hostile he turned his vehicle into yours. This caused you lose control of your van and hit the guard rail. Now what should you do?
What to Do Immediately After the Crash
Your hands are shaking, your children are crying, and you can’t think straight. What you do now can dramatically affect the outcome of your crash. The following is a list of helpful steps to take after a road rage accident:
- Lock your doors. You can’t be sure of the mental state of the driver who just crashed into you, but you know he is enraged and hostile. Lock your doors as soon as you can to prevent him from getting into your vehicle or trying to pull you—leading to an altercation.
- Call 911. Even if you don’t think anyone in your vehicle is injured, call 911 right away. Doing so will get police to the scene to protect you from the driver. The police will also make a record of your accident, which can help you should you have to go to court.
- Ignore the driver. The hostile motorist may continue to shout or gesture rudely even after the crash. Do whatever you can to ignore him. He may try to provoke you enough to get into a fight or get out of the vehicle so he can hurt you. To stay safe, stay inside the vehicle and do not engage with the driver.
You Have Rights
The attorneys of Johnson and Gilbert want to help you fight for your rights. Contact us today to find out more about how our experienced legal team can help you after a road rage accident.