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What NY Drivers, Visitors Need to Know About Out-of-Town Accidents

Posted on Nov 3, 2017 in Car Accidents

A New York City injury lawyer can provide help after collisions occur. Accidents are always difficult for those involved, especially when injuries happen or when someone is killed. The aftermath of an accident can also be complicated by the need to pursue a claim to recover compensation for losses caused by serious injuries or fatalities if someone was hurt or killed in a crash.  This is especially true if the accident was an out-of-town accident.

When an out-of-town accident occurs in a location you are visiting, you’ll likely need to pursue an accident claim in the jurisdiction where the accident happened. This can present challenges if you have returned home to recover and need to come back to the state where the accident occurred or if your loved one died in a collision in a different state and you need to travel to pursue a wrongful death claim.  An experienced attorney can help you to understand options after out-of-town accidents and can provide assistance in making a legal claim even when you live far away.

Being Prepared for Out-of-Town Accidents

Recently, Wheels 24 provided some tips to drivers to make sure they are prepared if an out-of-town accident does occur.  Tips include the following:

  • Keeping documentation with you: You should carry your driver’s license and insurance card with you at all times, especially if you are traveling outside of town. Wheels 24 also advises keeping proof of residence with you when you are away so you can speed up the claims process in the event of an accident.
  • Read rental insurance agreements carefully: If you are traveling out of down and using a rental car, it’s important to make sure you fully understand the rental agreement and what you are and are not covered for. You should also check with your credit card company and your own auto insurer to see if the card company or insurer offers insurance when you are driving a rental car. Again, if you are offered this insurance, read the fine print to make sure you’re covered for everything you need to be covered for.
  • Respond appropriately after an accident: You’ll want to alert local authorities as soon as a crash happens and should try to document the crash scene by taking pictures and video. The more information you have, the easier it should be to prove who was to blame for causing the auto accident to occur.

If you or someone you love was hurt or killed in an out-of-town accident, it’s important that you get the right legal help from an experienced attorney. A New York City injury lawyer can assist you in determining how best to make a claim to obtain full and fair compensation even if you live in a different place from where the accident happened.

Contact a lawyer for help as soon as possible following the collision so your lawyer can take charge of collecting evidence and putting together your claim.

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