Hit by an Out-of-Towner? What Happens if You are in a Car Accident with a Tourist
Being involved in a car accident is a stressful enough event, but what happens when the driver of the vehicle is not from Georgia? Dealing with a driver from another state or even another country can at times complicate the accident and make it even more difficult for you to obtain compensation.
If you are involved in a car accident and discover the at-fault driver is from out of town, out of state, or another county, follow the steps below:
- Be sensitive to differences: If you are involved in an accident with someone from another state or country, it might be more difficult to effectively communicate. The other driver may be used to a different insurance process or could even speak a different language. Be aware and sensitive to these differences, while keeping in mind how these differences could affect your claim.
- Obtain their contact information: Be sure you to obtain the contact and insurance information from the other driver involved in the accident, as well as contact information from any witnesses. This can be especially important if the at-fault driver was driving a rental vehicle. If you have trouble tracking the driver through the contact information they provided or if they give you incorrect information, taking note of key details about the vehicle can help you to contact the rental company and obtain their assistance in tracking down the driver.
- Take photos of the accident scene if possible: It is imperative that you gather as much documentation about the accident as possible. Take photos of the scene if you are able to do so, along with photos of the damage and injuries. The more information you have, the easier it will be for an investigator or attorney to uncover what happened.
- Seek legal assistance: Cases involving out of state drivers or foreign drivers can be more complex. Always seek the legal assistance of a knowledgeable personal injury attorney as soon as possible after the accident. Your attorney will examine the facts and circumstances of your case as well as take the necessary steps to protect your legal rights. If the insurance company representing the other driver proves unwilling to offer you fair value for your claim, your attorney has the resources to take action to obtain the compensation you deserve.
- Report the accident: Report the accident to the police and then your insurance company. Speak with a personal injury attorney as soon as possible after the accident if you have sustained injuries in the crash. Obtain a copy of the police report when it becomes available and bring it to your consultation with your potential personal injury attorney.
Montlick and Associates, Attorneys at Law: Dedicated Georgia Automobile Accident Attorneys
If you are injured in an automobile accident, the Georgia Automobile Accident Attorneys at Montlick and Associates, Attorneys at Law, can help you obtain the compensation you deserve. Our firm has over 37 years of experience in the industry and we accept cases across Georgia and in the Southeast. The sooner you act after your car accident, the greater your chances of obtaining a full recovery for your injuries. As such, seek legal assistance as soon as possible. Call Montlick & Associates, Attorneys at Law, 24 hours a day/7 days a week for your Free Consultation at 1-800-LAW-NEED (1-800-529-6333). You can also visit us online at www.montlick.com and use our Free Case Evaluation Form or 24-hour Live Online Chat.