I’ve Been Involved in an Accident with an Out-of-State Driver, Can I Make A Claim?
When you find out that the other driver of the accident you’ve been involved in is from another state, that already stressful accident can become even more stressful. It is important to take key steps to ensure that your car accident doesn’t end up with you being out of luck or getting the short end of the stick.
What You Need To Do After the Accident
The first thing you need to do is call the police. Whether the accident is major or minor, the police will investigate the scene and write up an accident report. They can ensure that correct information is given and received from both parties involved in the accident. This correct information is especially important when filing a claim against someone who lives in another state.
The good news is, no matter where the other driver is from you can still file a car accident claim. Also, because the accident happened in Texas and the other driver was driving through Texas, you have the right to file your lawsuit with the Texas courts.
Do Usual Texas Traffic Rules Apply to Out-of-State Drivers?
Yes! All Drivers Should Abide by State’s Traffic Rules
Despite the rumors you might have heard, if you travel out of state, you are still obligated to abide by that state’s traffic rules. So, for example, even if in your state the speed limit is 70mph and you are given the discretionary 5mph over, you may drive no faster than the posted speed limit and you must remember that not all states give their officers the discretion to allow 5mph over the speed limit without penalty.
Filing a Claim After Proving Negligence
Although it may seem rare that you could get into an accident with an out of state driver, it does still happen. Nonetheless, as long as the other driver is at fault for the car accident, you will be able to file a claim for damages against their insurance policy.
Contact an Experienced Car Accident Attorney
If you are forced to file an insurance claim against the out of state driver and experienced car accident lawyer will make sure your case is handled properly. If for some reason the insurance company denies your claim, then your attorney can help you file a lawsuit in a HOUSTON court (no need for you to worry about traveling out of state).
Set up a free consultation with an experienced attorney at Pusch and Nguyen Law Firm. They’ll give you all of your legal options to allow you the chance to choose how you would want to continue. The consultation is free, and you pay nothing until your case is settled.