If someone hits my car with their car, can I shoot them in self defense?
In this situation, my life felt threatened in this car accident because of my bodily harm during the impact.
- 1 month agoFavorite Answer
You can, but you would most likely get arrested because of their lack of intent to kill you.
- 1 month ago
Well no, as that is not self defense, that is murder.
- BruceLv 71 month ago
I suppose if they continue to ram you again and again you could make an argument, but if they only hit you once, your right to self defense stops as soon as the threat stops.
- David SLv 71 month ago
No one would buy that reasoning. Not police, prosecutors or judges.
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- curtisports2Lv 71 month ago
During the impact, not after the impact. During the impact, you didn't have enough time to pull a weapon and aim it and fire it. You shooting would be a reaction to the accident and a criminal one, showing intent. Premeditated.
- STEVEN FLv 71 month ago
Retaliation is NEVER legally self defense. Once that action you claim you are defending against has stopped, further action IS NOT defense. In the case of a crash, as soon as the impact occurs, there is nothing to defend against.
- Bubba RayLv 71 month ago
No. It's like if someone drops their gun by accident, it goes off, the bullet comes though your walls, kills your mother in law, you have no right to go over and shoot the gun owner.
- Master ShakeLv 41 month ago
You would have to prove it was self defense and they were trying to purposely harm you
- Steve GuyLv 51 month ago
Hypothetically yes but it’s an inhuman act and you’d probably be charged with murder by the state.
- Thomas CNSRVLv 71 month ago
Go ahead, dawg!