What Do I Do If I Get Into An Out-Of-State Accident?

What Do I Do If I Get Into An Out-Of-State Accident?

Road trips have been a staple for the American people for decades, having inspired such great works like "On the Road" by Jack Kerouac. However, one downside to driving in unfamiliar territory is that the road, driving laws, speed limits, and populations change, often leading to increased car accidents.

If you're involved in an accident outside of the state you are licensed, there are a couple of things you need to know.

The Basics of Out-of-State Accidents

When more people are driving for mini-vacations versus flying around the world, the likelihood that someone could be involved in an accident outside of their home state is prevalent. Fortunately, the laws of filing an insurance claim and personal injury lawsuit relatively remain the same.

Personal Injury Lawsuits

Generally speaking, if someone is involved in an out-of-state car accident resulting in injury, they can file a personal injury lawsuit in one of two places:

  • Where the accident occurred
  • Where the at-fault driver (defendant) is licensed

However, hiring an attorney to represent you may be a trickier process. Since lawyers can only practice in states where they are licensed, you will need to seek a personal injury attorney in the state you are planning to file the lawsuit. While many attorneys are licensed in multiple states, especially if they live near a border, you will need to check with local firms to see if they are available should the accident be fairly close to home.

Insurance Claims

One of the more convenient aspects of being in an out-of-state accident is that most car insurance companies have blanket policies that will cover you in all 50 states. This means that the claims process won’t change just because you got in an out-of-state accident, so you’ll get the same service in one state as you would anywhere else.

Injured in Arkansas? Call (870) 330-0015

Our Arkansas personal injury attorneys are skilled in getting big wins for those injured in car accidents. If you or a loved one is suffering from an injury sustained in an Arkansas crash, call (870) 330-0015 to schedule a free consultation with one of our attorneys.


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