Where to Hire an Attorney If Hurt While Traveling

Was a police report filed?
  • Initial Steps to Take Following an Out-of-State Car Wreck

    Obtaining an attorney is not necessary for all car wrecks. It is very likely that you can handle the claims process in a car wreck that occurred out of your state without any injuries. However, if there were injuries involved, the first step to take is to receive immediate medical attention for the injured passengers. The medical records that the hospital would create will serve as a paper trail and as proof that there were injuries involved, and that there were costs and expenses associated with those injuries.

    In a car accident, no matter if it occurred in one state or in a state located on the opposite side of the country, a police officer creates a police report. In this report, basic but very important information is written, such as the names of the people involved in the accident, how the accident occurred, the time and setting of the accident, and so on. This report will serve as a starting place if you decide to hire an attorney.

    Do I Need an Attorney?

    As previously mentioned, not all car accident cases require an attorney. Hiring an attorney is strongly suggested, however, where there are injuries involved. This is due to many reasons. First, you might have taken time off work to care for your injuries, which means that you may have lost wages. Second, injuries are expensive. It is very easy for medical expenses associated to the accident to pile up, such as costs of the ambulance ride to the hospital, medicine, treatment, and rehabilitation. A personal injury attorney would fight for the car accident victim's compensation, so any accident-related expense would come from the insurance company of the person that caused the accident, not the victim.

    While it is possible for car accident victims to fight the insurance company on their own, the reality is that one, the probability of the insurance company complying with the demands of the victim are very small, and two, if the insurance company decides to write a check to the accident victim, it would be of a very insignificant amount. It is not uncommon to see insurance companies give checks of $250 or $500 to accident victims, where the actual expenses to the accident exceeded $30,000! This is where hiring a personal injury attorney would be very beneficial.

    Where Do I Hire a Personal Injury Attorney for Accidents Occurring Out-of-State?

    You would need to hire a lawyer from the state in which the wreck happened. For example, if you and your family are from Texas, but the accident happened in Arkansas, the personal injury attorney hired would have to be an Arkansas attorney. Furthermore, do you need to travel to during the claims process to the state where the accident took place? This ultimately depends on how bad the wreck was and how severe your injuries are, in addition to your choice of whether or not to submit a lawsuit.

    However, because of advances in technology, this is typically not a problem for people. Through the use of phone, email, and fax machines, an attorney can communicate through these mediums, and all paperwork that would usually be submitted at the attorneys office can be submitted electronically. Returning to the state where the wreck occurred would not be necessary.

    It is important to note that there are certain exceptions. One exception is if you decide to submit a lawsuit against the person who caused the wreck (the at-fault party). When filing a lawsuit, you would need to go back in person to make a deposition. There is also a possibility that you may or may not be required to appear in a court. However, this is scheduled in advance and is typically not a problem for people who live outside of the state where the accident occurred.

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