Injured in a Car Accident When You’re Out of State?
Follow the same steps just as you would if the accident took place in Macon, Warner Robbins, Bibb County or anywhere else in Georgia. Get medical attention, call the police, take photos of the damage and visible injuries, exchange contact info with the other driver and any witnesses and contact a personal injury attorney. A skilled personal injury attorney can help you with your case, especially with all the extra details involved with an out-of-state wreck.
Out of State Factor #1: Insurance Claims
Insurance policies usually extend beyond your home state to cover all areas of the US. However, most policies don’t apply if you are out of the country. For example, you’re in Gulf Shores on vacation when an Alabama resident hits your car. Even though you’re not in Georgia, you’re probably still covered by your insurance. It never hurts to check your policy before you travel. If an accident happens, contact your insurance company, file a claim and go from there.
Out of State Factor #2: Injury Lawsuits
If you are injured in the wreck and want to be compensated, then you may have to sue. In most car accident cases, the lawsuit will be in the state where the accident happened. Sticking to the Gulf Shores example, the lawsuit would be in Alabama. However, other factors can also affect where the lawsuit takes place.
Out of State Factor #3: Business or Personal?
It also matters if the driver who caused the wreck was driving on behalf of their company for work. If so, you may have to sue where the company is located. Or, you might be able to take the case to another location where the company has branches or offices. All of these details matter so that you can make your life easier by keeping your case close to home or in a place likely to give you the best outcome.
If you have been the victim of an automobile accident, the Macon car accident attorneys at Buzzell, Welsh & Hill can help. Let us take on the burden so you can focus on healing. Our team of attorneys handles all types of motor vehicle accidents – motorcycle, truck, big rig, tractor and car accidents. Schedule a free consultation today by contacting us online or calling (478) 217-2072.