What If I Was Hit By Someone Claiming to Be a Sovereign Citizen?

Being involved in an accident is stressful enough, but the situation can become even more complicated if the other driver claims to be a “sovereign citizen.” Understanding your rights and the legal implications in Texas is crucial to ensuring you receive the compensation you deserve. At Ryan Orsatti Law, we specialize in plaintiff personal injury law, and we’re here to guide you through this complex scenario.

Understanding Sovereign Citizens

Sovereign citizens are individuals who believe they are not subject to any statutes, regulations, or laws imposed by government entities. They often deny the legitimacy of the U.S. government and its legal system. While their beliefs do not exempt them from the law, dealing with such individuals can present unique challenges.

Immediate Steps to Take After the Accident

  1. Ensure Safety and Seek Medical Attention: First and foremost, ensure that everyone involved in the accident is safe. Call 911 if there are any injuries.
  2. Contact Law Enforcement: Always call the police to the scene of the accident. Inform the officer if the other driver is making sovereign citizen claims, as this may affect how they handle the situation.
  3. Gather Evidence: Collect as much information as possible. Take photos of the accident scene, vehicle damages, and any visible injuries. Obtain contact information from witnesses.
  4. Exchange Information: Despite the other driver’s claims, attempt to exchange contact and insurance information. If they refuse, let the responding officer handle it.

In Texas, all drivers are required to have valid auto insurance and a driver’s license. Sovereign citizens are not exempt from these laws. If they do not provide insurance information or if their insurance is invalid, you may need to pursue a claim through your uninsured/underinsured motorist coverage.

Filing a Personal Injury Claim

At Ryan Orsatti Law, we recommend the following steps to protect your rights and ensure you receive proper compensation:

  1. Consult with a Personal Injury Attorney: An experienced attorney can help you navigate the complexities of dealing with a sovereign citizen and ensure that your rights are protected.
  2. Document Your Injuries and Treatment: Keep detailed records of all medical treatments, expenses, and how the injury has impacted your daily life.
  3. Negotiate with Insurance Companies: Your attorney can handle negotiations with insurance companies to seek a fair settlement. If the other driver is uninsured, your attorney will guide you through filing a claim with your own insurance.

For more information on dealing with uninsured motorists and understanding your rights, you can refer to the Texas Department of Insurance’s guidelines on uninsured/underinsured motorist coverage. Additionally, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) provides valuable resources on handling motor vehicle accidents.


Dealing with a sovereign citizen in a car accident can be challenging, but you do not have to face it alone. At Ryan Orsatti Law, we are dedicated to helping you navigate the legal system and ensuring you receive the compensation you deserve. Contact us today for a free consultation to discuss your case.