next time vs. the next time
Does it make any difference if I use the definite article before the time adverbial "next time"? My guess it that we don't use "the" unless we want to suggest that something is likely to happen in the future again. For instance,
A: I had a car accident today because I was texting while driving. It was just a fender-bender, though.
B: (The?) next time you have a car accident it might not be only a fender-bender.
Do I use "the" in the sentence B says? For all we know, A might not be involved in any car accident for the rest of his life, thus I wouldn't use "the". There's no guarantee there will be a "next time".
Please note that I'm not a teacher.