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How to handle an angry driver after a car accident

There are many instances where it is extremely clear who is at fault for an accident. Take one recent instance of the West Virginia police arresting a man who drove drunk while traveling on Interstate 81. 

In cases where there is greater vagueness concerning who is at fault for the auto accident, you may have to contend with an overly angry driver who wants you to admit you caused the collision. You do not want to admit fault at the scene because that can work against you when it comes to the insurance claim. You may feel angry, too, but it is vital to maintain your cool. You will solve nothing by yelling and getting angry. Instead, follow these steps to defuse the situation. 

Listen and speak calmly

You may end up making the other person even angrier if you start yelling. The best course of action to take is to simply listen to the other person's concerns. Once they finish talking, you can tell your side of the story in a calm voice. During this interaction, you should also get your insurance information ready to exchange.

Even if you are calm, the other person may still act erratically. Do not be afraid to take a few steps back if you feel unsafe. 

Contact the police

In most cases, it is a good idea to call the police to file an official report of the accident. Calling the police is also a solid plan to calm the other person down because he or she will not want to yell around a police officer. 

In some cases, the other driver may try to prevent you from contacting law enforcement. The driver may not want to get police or insurance involved, but you need to do what is best for your case. In this instance, you should tell someone else in your car or a pedestrian nearby to call the police for you. 

 

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