Usually, car accidents involve a lot of hassle, but it can complicate the situation when the accident takes place out of state. Generally, as a victim, you will have to deal with people involved in accidents outside your state. In addition, proving fault and getting compensation for the accident can become complex. However, you can eliminate the hassle with the help of a Tucson auto accident attorney.
Furthermore, many victims are unaware whether they are eligible for compensation if the accident happened in a different state. Fortunately, your insurance policy will be covered throughout the entire country.
Nevertheless, knowing the next steps following an out-of-state car accident can help you cut down the complexity and be prepared for the unexpected event.
Steps to take after an out-of-state accident:
- Take your vehicle to a safer spot and look after others involved in an accident.
If possible, move your vehicle to the side of the road. Later, if you had passengers in your car, look for their safety and well-being. Do not forget to call the emergency helpline in case of any injuries.
- Report the accident to the police.
It is essential to report the accident to the police. Even if you believe that the accident is minor, report it to the police and wait until they arrive. The police will file an official report about the accident, which will help you file the claim.
- Collect evidence.
Always click pictures of the accident scene, damage to your car (if any), and your physical injuries. Moreover, remember to take photos from multiple angles so that the insurance company can look at the pictures from various angles. Also, remember to take contact information from the witness present near your accident scene. The witness statement can make your claim stronger.
- Take the information about the other driver.
Do not forget to take contact information, license number, number plate, car model of the other driver, and further details for the at-fault driver. The insurance company will ask for the details of the driver(s) involved when you file for the claim.
- Seek medical attention.
No matter how minor your injuries appear, always seek medical assistance. Generally, many injuries do not show up until days, weeks, and months after the accident. You may feel you are fine and settle your claim, but later the injuries may show up, for which it will be impossible to get compensation.
After an out-of-state accident, always contact your lawyer. Besides these steps, you should also remember not to admit fault and remain calm.