As one of the country’s most popular tourist destinations, Florida attracts millions of visitors every year. While there are many positives of Florida’s thriving tourism department, out-of-state drivers can complicate the aftermath of a car accident. Thankfully, with an experienced car accident attorney by your side, you can resolve insurance complications after a crash with an out-of-state driver.
Read on for more information about what to do after being in an auto accident with a non-Florida driver.
What to Do After an Accident with an Out-of-State Driver
After an accident with an out-of-state driver in Florida, follow the same steps as you would with a regular crash, including:
- Call the police.
- Seek medical attention for any injuries.
- Take photos and videos of the crash.
- Gather contact and insurance information from the other driver, as well as contract information from any witnesses.
- Contact your insurance company to start filing a claim.
You’ll likely need to file a claim with the out-of-state driver’s insurance company. This process can be more complicated than contacting an in-state driver’s insurance company, so take extra care to gather evidence and contact information after the crash. Additionally, given the added complication of an out-of-state driver, it’s often wise to contact an auto accident attorney for assistance throughout the process of obtaining compensation for your losses.
Florida Law for Out-of-State Drivers
Rest assured, out-of-state visitors driving in Florida must adhere to state laws, including Florida’s Long Arm Statute. This protects in-state drivers by granting Florida courts the ability to summon nonresidents, including out-of-state drivers, as a judge sees fit. The statute may help you obtain your rightful compensation if you’re not able to settle the case out of court.
If you or a loved one was recently involved in a car accident with an out-of-state driver, contact the team at Weldon & Rothman, PL for a free case evaluation.