Your Legal Rights After You Have Been Injured an Out-of-State Car Accident
The ability to travel across the country with great ease is one of the most underrated novelties of our great nation. Our interstate system brings us from one side of the country to another, east to west, north to south, and back again within a few days. Unfortunately, we do not leave the perils of driving in our home state when we hit the road. Severe, even deadly, accidents can occur anywhere at any time. Being a car accident victim in another state can leave you with a distinct disadvantage unless you understand what steps you should take to protect your rights if you are in an out-of-state car accident.
You must take the appropriate steps if you are involved in a car accident while not in your home state. First, you must contact the local law enforcement authorities while you remain at the scene of the accident. The responding officers may advise you of your obligations to file a police report and how to obtain a copy. The officers cannot refer you to an attorney or give you legal advice. Obviously, you must seek medical assistance if you experience an injury.
The next move you should make is to contact your insurance company. Your insurance company might be of great assistance to you, like providing a loaner car while yours is repaired or help you file a claim for personal injury protection benefits or medical payments. Your insurance company cannot discuss your rights to pursue a legal claim for bodily injuries in an out-of-state car accident.
Hiring a local attorney to advise you about your rights is vital to protecting yourself. You can contact an attorney when you arrive at home for assistance, but having an attorney represent you who is admitted to practice in the state in which the accident happened is your best bet to protect your valuable rights to receive proper compensation for your injuries sustained in an out-of-state car collision.
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