Car accidents are unfortunately not a rare occurrence. These accidents are already stressful and even more so if it happens in a different state. If you’re injured in a car accident in another state, there are a few things you should remember.
You Should Do These Things:
It does not matter what state the auto accident occurs in as these are always things that you should keep in mind, no matter what state you are in.
- Check yourself for any possible injuries and on your passengers as well. If you are seriously injured, then seek medical assistance immediately.
- Call and notify the police. Be ready to file a police report and have all the details prepared.
- Make sure to get the other driver’s information, as well as any witnesses.
- Take photographs of the accident scene, if you’re able to do so. If possible, note down details from the accident so that you are aware of all the facts.
- Call your insurance company to alert them about the accident and ask how you proceed to get further information.
Things to Consider About the State You’re In
The state in which the accident occurred determines the laws applicable to your case. Depending on what state you’re from, you may be familiar with tort regulations or no-fault regulations. Tort insurance is a system in which drivers seek compensation from the other party that caused the accident.
On the other hand, there are also no-fault states. No-fault insurance is a system where drivers are required to purchase liability insurance. This liability insurance is used to cover their own and their passengers’ bodily injuries and property damage. The state that your accident occurs in makes a big difference in your auto accident case. If you have questions, speak with a knowledgeable personal injury lawyer for clarification.
Personal Injury Claims vs. Lawsuits
While insurance claims can be filed and negotiated from anywhere, personal injury lawsuits are filed in the state in which the accident occurred. This means that the statute of limitations of that state will be applied to the time you have to file a case. Contact an attorney as soon as you can to determine the timeline for when you have to file a case. It is crucial to do so immediately since missing an important deadline will put your legal claim at risk.
If you are traveling this holiday season and find yourself in trouble, you should consult a knowledgeable accident lawyer to help determine your rights. Should you hire a lawyer in the state in which the accident occurred? A lawyer in the state that the accident occurred will know the local laws that apply to your case. However, if you prefer, you may elect to hire a lawyer inyour home state. As necessary, your lawyer will work with a lawyer in the state in which the accident occurred, most often at no additional cost to you. At Wilson Reeder & Zudar Law, your safety and wellbeing are our top priority. Our experienced auto accident lawyers are dedicated to making it right if you’ve been wronged.