Holiday Travel: What To Do If You Are In An Accident in Another State or with an Out-of-State Drive
Updated: Dec 17, 2020
The holidays are upon us, and for many people that means festive gatherings with family and friends, near and far. Thanksgiving and Christmas are two of the most traveled holidays. In fact, according to AAA's latest report, 54.3 million Americans will journey 50 miles or more away from home this Thanksgiving, which is the highest volume in more than a dozen years. Traffic, weather conditions, stress, and distracted drivers all combine to create hazardous conditions.
Nothing can put a damper on your plans like getting in an accident, particularly if the crash happens while you are driving in another state. Sheeley Law routinely represents people who have been injured in out-of-state car and truck accidents, as well as those who have been injured by out-of-state drivers. Knowing what steps to take immediately following an accident is important to ensure you receive the care and compensation you need for medical bills, lost wages and any other losses you may incur.
The first thing you need to know is that no matter how far away from home you are, you are most likely covered by your auto insurance policy. While the majority of car insurance policies cover all areas within the U.S., we still recommend that you double check your policy’s territory limits as an added precaution.
If you’ve been injured in an accident due to another driver’s negligence while traveling across state lines, you should proceed the same way you would as if you were in your home state. That means remaining calm, assessing yourself and passengers for any injuries, and contacting the police immediately. For more tips on what to do after an accident, read our blog: Eight Critical Steps You Need to Take If You’ve Been in a Car Accident
The most important thing you should do after an accident – in addition to getting medical treatment if needed – is contact an experienced personal injury attorney in your home state, even if the accident occurred in another state.
Sheeley Law has successfully represented injured clients throughout Rhode Island and Massachusetts, as well as accidents that have occurred in New York, New Jersey, New Hampshire, Connecticut and Florida, to name just a few states. Attorney Ann Sheeley will guide you through the process, protect your rights and ensure you get maximum compensation. For more information or a free consultation, contact Personal Injury Attorney Ann Sheeley at 401-619-5555.
No matter your destination, Sheeley Law hopes you have a happy and safe Thanksgiving!