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What if I Have a Car Accident Outside of My State?

There can be a lot of variation from one state to another when it comes to personal injury laws. That’s why it’s important to be aware of the regulations in each state you travel through, and to know what steps you should take if you are involved in a car accident outside of your state.

Car accidents may seem unlikely, but take a moment to think about how often you drive across state lines. Whether you travel for business or leisure, you’re likely to find yourself driving through another state at some point in your life — and if a car accident does happen outside of your own state, it’s incredibly beneficial to already have an idea of the next steps to take instead of trying to figure everything out in the heat of the moment.

Adhering to Unique State Laws

We always hope to have a safe trip to our destination, but if misfortune strikes and you have an accident in another state, you may wonder which set of rules will apply: the ones from the state your car is registered in, or the ones in the state where the accident occurred.

The answer is the second option. If you are from Alabama but you have a car wreck in Georgia, the state laws of Georgia will be the ones adhered to. There may be specific circumstances that could change this, but only a very experienced, knowledgeable attorney would be able to determine that.

Some factors that may impact your personal injury claim are:

  • The at-fault party
  • The location of the accident
  • The location of the filing of the personal injury claim

Injured in a Car Accident in Alabama? Call Wettermark Keith!

If you have been injured in a car wreck in the state of Alabama, you deserve justice.

Contact us today for a free consultation about your case. Our compassionate, experienced car accident attorneys won’t rest until you receive the compensation you’re entitled to — and that’s a promise.

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