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How to deal with out of state accidents

September 8, 2017

With numerous attractions like Disney World, sun-kissed beaches, the Everglades, Universal studios, Kennedy Space Center and so on, Florida is a tourist paradise and has millions of visitors every year. Many visitors are from abroad, but quite a few are from other parts of the US and they usually drive down. These out of state drivers carry insurance from their home states but most often it’s not sufficient for the state of Florida. If they visit and return without any incident, then no problem. But imagine a scenario where the visitor is involved in an accident – what then? At Bryan W Crews, we can help you with your case. Regardless of whether you’re at fault or not, you deserve representation and as one of the leading car accident attorneys in Orlando, we can help.

Sunny Florida gets the maximum number of visitors during the winter. As a result there are more vehicles out on the roads than usual and many of these drivers may not be familiar with the roads; this means an increased possibility of collisions.

When accidents involving out of state drivers happen, it’s likely to be more complicated because traffic rules and laws usually differ from state to state. Communication may also prove to be problematic. Experienced personal injury attorneys in Orlando like Bryan W Crews can help you if you’ve been injured in a car accident.

Here are things you need to bear in mind:

  • You can file a claim against an out of state driver and their insurance provider. Insurance companies are usually nationwide, and the insurance they provide is generally valid in all states. However, there are different levels of insurance that drivers may have so it’s important to get a copy of their policy to check their coverage. If the accident takes place in Florida, regardless of where the involved parties are from, Florida law is paramount. Whether you’re a Florida resident or a visitor, you can file a claim for compensation for your injuries in the jurisdiction of the collision. Every driver has a duty to drive carefully and with regard for others’ safety; if any driver fails in that duty, they can be held liable for negligence.
  • Out of state drivers can be made to appear in a Florida court. The Long-Arm Statute states that any driver who drives on Florida roads automatically consents to appear in Florida Courts if they are involved in a vehicular accident. You can rest assured that the other party will not be able to get away scott-free just because they are not Florida residents. If they caused an accident when in Florida, they can be compelled to appear in a Florida court.

If at any time you are involved in an automobile accident, it is crucial that you obtain as much information about the driver and circumstances as possible; you need to be extra careful when the other party is an out of state driver.

Give officers on the scene all possible details like the driver’s vehicle make and model, license plate number, state, name and address.

Once you’ve got your injuries reviewed by a medical professional and your vehicle taken to the garage, get in touch with one of the best accident lawyers in Orlando – Brayn W Crews. Call us on (407) 841-0200 for a FREE case evaluation, and we can take it from there.

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