Being involved in an auto accident at any time is a frustrating experience. However, it is even more frustrating when the accident involves a out of state driver. Many people don’t know what to do, or where to turn with this happens.
Missouri sees quite a few travelers from all around the country each day. Due to this high number of visitors to the state, it means there is always a large amount of traffic from out of state on the highways. Unfortunately, when tourism is up, it means there is a high likelihood of an accident occurring between a resident of Missouri and someone from a different state.
What State’s Laws are in Effect?
It makes no difference if you are a resident of Missouri who was in an accident with a driver from another state or the resident of another state who had an accident while traveling through Missouri. If the collision took place within the boundaries of Missouri, then the state laws of Missouri determine who is held liable for the injuries and damages. To put it plainly, the state of Missouri has jurisdiction.
What to Do After the Accident?
Even though the other party is from another state, or if you live in a different state, you need to follow the same procedures after an accident occurs. Make sure to contact the police, file a police report, and seek medical attention. It is also a good idea to take pictures of the accident to document what happened and exchange contact information with the other driver. All of these actions can help your lawyer build a case against the at-fault party.
Remember, there are a few things you should avoid doing after an accident, as well. For example, never admit fault and don’t post about the accident on social media. Doing this may lead to adverse consequences and the inability for you to collect the monetary compensation you are due.
If the driver leaves Missouri and returns to their home state, it doesn’t affect your ability to pursue compensation in the case. While there are some lawyers who will walk away from these situations, this is not the case for the attorneys at Bautista LeRoy. It is essential to have someone on your side who is dedicated to helping you receive the full amount of compensation for the damages and injuries you suffered.
If you have been involved in an accident with an out-of-state driver, make sure to take action. Our attorneys at Bautista LeRoy can help you build a case and are dedicated to helping you get the compensation you deserve.