Being in a car accident is stressful enough, but if you are on a road trip, it can be even worse. If you are involved in an out of state auto accident, you should take many of the same steps that you would close to home. However, there may be some differences in who you contact to get help.
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Steps to Take After an Out of State Auto Accident
The steps you take after a car accident will be similar whether you are near your home or out of state. However, you may want to take more care with some actions. Additionally, your resources and contacts may be somewhat different.
Step 1: Call 911
If you are involved in a car accident, you should always call 911. Regardless of what state you are in, 911 is a universal emergency phone number. They can send help for anyone who was injured as well as dispatch a police officer to create an accident report.
If you are traveling between states on an interstate highway, the nearest sheriff’s department will likely respond to your call. However, if you are within city limits, a local police department will probably respond. In some cases, state highway patrol may also show up at the scene of your accident. Whoever responds, make sure you get the name and badge number of the officer. Ask for a contact number or details for how you can obtain the accident report that the officer generates.
Step 2: Get Emergency Medical Treatment
You should always get medical treatment right away. You may be unsure of where to get help if you are out of state. If you are severely injured, tell the 911 dispatcher that you need an ambulance. If you refuse to go to an emergency department via ambulance, you should head into the nearest sizeable city. Use your GPS system to find an emergency room or trauma center where you can get treatment. You can also ask the responding officer to guide you to a hospital.
Getting immediate medical treatment is important to establish a baseline for your injuries. The insurance companies may question the severity of your injuries if you refuse treatment. Similarly, you should continue seeing your primary care physician and follow up with any specialists recommended by your doctors. If you fail to get appropriate medical attention, you will be limiting your ability to recover full compensation.
Step 3: Document the Scene of the Accident
If you are able to move around the scene of the accident, you should take pictures and video. Document damage to vehicles as well as the surrounding area. Make sure you photograph signage and road markings. Take pictures of injuries sustained in the accident as well.
Step 4: Collect Insurance Data and Contact Information
You should exchange insurance information with other drivers involved in the accident. Take pictures of the front and back of their insurance cards. Don’t forget to get contact information for other drivers, passengers, and witnesses. You should take pictures of driver’s licenses or IDs. Obtain names, phone numbers, email addresses, and home addresses for everyone available.
Step 5: Contact a Car Accident Lawyer in the State Where Your Crash Occurred
The legal system in the state where your crash occurred has jurisdiction (control) over your car accident lawsuit. The laws in the state where your accident happened rule your case. Thus, it is important to reach out to a car accident lawyer in the state where your crash occurred. They will know the local laws and court procedures in that state.
Contact Ryan Montgomery Law If Your Accident Was in South Carolina
If your car accident occurred in South Carolina, you should contact the experienced attorneys at Ryan Montgomery Law. If you are from out of state, we can handle most or all of your case without you having to travel back into South Carolina. Call us today at (864) 207-4927 to find out how we can help.