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What to Do After an Out-of-State Car Collision

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Out-of-state car trips take preparation, from setting up navigation to figuring out comfortable seating for passengers. Planning for the worst is also important. During an out-of-state trip, car accidents can happen in people’s own car or a rental. It can be an overwhelming experience, which is why knowing what to do after an out-of-state car accident is important. If you have been involved in an out-of-state car accident, speak with a qualified Boynton Beach car accident attorney and know that you are in good hands.

Following an Accident

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People who are involved in an accident should not leave the scene, as this is a crime in any state. Instead, they should immediately check to see if anyone is hurt, call 911 from the cellphone, and render any assistance they can. This is also required by law.

Getting into a wreck can be traumatic, but those involved should breathe deeply and try to be calm. They should sit down and wait for authorities to arrive.

Sometimes someone will suggest not calling the police, but on the contrary, people involved in an accident need the impartial report that the officer submits as evidence.

Tempers may flare. After an accident, people should be civil toward each other and not be baited into an argument. An individual should not admit any fault, even if they think it was their fault. Saying “I’m sorry” can also be used against a person later.

Waiting for Help

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After experiencing an out-of-state car accident, all those involved should exchange information, and get the license numbers of all vehicles involved, as well as information from other drivers who witnessed the accident.

Individuals should take photographs from various angles of the damage and the overall accident scene before anybody moves a vehicle.

At the first opportunity, an individual should call their insurance company to report the accident. Many insurers have phone lines that can take the information, and some may even dispatch a tow truck paid for by an individual’s coverage, so that they do not need to pay for an out-of-state towing bill.

Contacting a Boynton Beach Car Accident Lawyer

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If you live in one of the 12 states that have no-fault insurance, your insurer will pay for medical care up to a certain dollar amount.

This is where a competent Boynton Beach car accident lawyer from Kogan & DiSalvo can step in. Insurance companies have many lawyers, so you will need one on your side to negotiate a fair settlement with the insurer or bring a civil lawsuit to recover your damages.

If a lawsuit is necessary, it needs to be filed with the proper court in the state where the accident happened. It can be difficult to know what to do after an out-of-state car accident, but an experienced attorney can guide you throughout this process.

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