When Car Accidents Happen on Vacation

 

Vacation is supposed to be a time when happy memories are formed. Unfortunately, a great trip can change in a second. Car accidents can occur, potentially ruining your highly anticipated trip. Even worse, these crashes can cause serious injuries to you or your family members.

Do you know what to do if you are in an out-of-state crash, or what to do if you or a family member is injured by a negligent driver? It’s best to know the answers to these questions before you and your family load up the car and head out on the road.

5 Steps to Take When a Car Accident Happens on Vacation
If you or your family member is injured during a car accident, there are a few critical steps that you will need to take to protect yourself from a potential lawsuit or further damages caused by the negligent driver.

  1. Get Contact Information. – First, make sure you get the driver's contact and insurance information. If it is easier, you can simply take a picture of their license, license plate, and insurance card. Next, make sure that you get the contact information for any witnesses who might have witnessed the accident.
  2. Contact the Local Police. – Regardless of where a crash occurs, you should always contact the police immediately. The police will typically file an accident report that states what happened leading up to and during the accident. This information can be incredibly important as you begin to file an insurance claim. Additionally, the police might issue a ticket or a citation to the negligent or at-fault driver.
  3. Visit the Emergency Room (If Needed). -- After the accident, you might find that you and your family need to visit the emergency room. As a general rule follow the maxim, "when in doubt, check it out." Be sure to keep all records of billing and treatment issued if you do visit the emergency room.
  4. Track All Expenses and Thoroughly Document Your Trip. -- After an out-of-state car accident, you will want to make sure that you carefully track your expenses. This includes any medical treatment, property damage or other costs related to the crash. By documenting the challenges you face after the car accident, you can ensure that you have an accurate account of the expenses and hurdles you have encountered.
  5. Hire an Attorney. -- If you are injured during a car accident during an out-of-state vacation, then you will typically want to hire an attorney from the state in which the accident occurred. A personal injury lawyer will need to be familiar with the laws associated with the state where your accident took place. With this in mind, if you don't know who to call, then you can always call your trusted lawyer from your home state to ask for their assistance or advice in hiring an attorney.

Completing these five steps is especially important if you are involved in an accident with a negligent or uninsured driver. Being thorough after a crash can maximize your chances of getting compensation for the damages you have suffered. Finally, be sure to consult with your local car accident attorney for additional assistance finding a trusted out-of-state lawyer who will represent your best interests.

From the Author: The Khalidi Law Firm

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