The New Jersey Bureau of Transportation Data and Safety receives an average of 320,000 crash reports per year. Experiencing a car accident is a stressful and potentially traumatic event. However, it becomes even more challenging when the person responsible for the accident attempts to manipulate you.
It is important to prepare yourself and take appropriate steps if the person in the car who hit you tries to manipulate you.
Stay calm and composed
Maintain your composure when dealing with someone who tries to manipulate you after a car accident. Stay calm and focused, and try not to let their behavior provoke an emotional response. Remember that their actions may stem from various motives, such as avoiding responsibility or reducing their liability.
Gather evidence and document the incident
To protect yourself and ensure a fair resolution, gather as much evidence as possible. Take photos of the accident scene, capture the damage to your vehicle and document any visible injuries. If there are witnesses present, obtain their contact information. Additionally, make detailed notes about the accident, including the time, location, weather conditions and any statements made by the other party.
Exchange information and report the accident
Irrespective of the other party’s behavior, it is essential to exchange information as required by law. Obtain their contact details, driver’s license number, license plate number and insurance information. Also, report the accident to the appropriate authorities, such as the police or the local traffic department. This step helps create an official record of the incident.
Avoid engaging in arguments or negotiations
If the person who hit you attempts to manipulate you into accepting blame or avoiding involving insurance companies or authorities, it is important to refrain from engaging in arguments or negotiations with them. Remember, it is not your responsibility to determine fault or settle the matter outside of the proper channels. Instead, focus on following the appropriate legal procedures and protecting your rights.
Dealing with manipulation from the person who hit you in a car accident can be a challenging experience. Remember to prioritize your well-being and rights, and do not allow manipulative tactics to sway you.