What to Do If You Experience an Auto Accident While Traveling Out of State

The holidays are right around the corner, which means so many people will be visiting loved ones out of state. When planning a trip, it’s important to know your route, drive safely, and ensure your vehicle is in good condition before heading out.

You should also know what to do in the event you experience an accident, which can be even more stressful when away from home. Here are a few points to keep in mind.

Check Yourself and Passengers for Injuries

Even seemingly minor accidents can cause serious injuries like concussions. Before taking the subsequent steps, check yourself and your passengers for any potential injuries. If someone is injured, call for help immediately and wait for emergency medical personnel. Don’t attempt to exit the vehicle unless it’s crucial for your safety. This is especially important if you suspect someone has a head or neck injury.

Contact Local Law Enforcement

Even if there are no injuries, it’s still a good idea to call the police. It’s mandatory to contact the police after an accident in some states, but it’s also beneficial from an insurance perspective. In addition to controlling traffic around the accident scene, law enforcement will also create a report of what happened. If damage was caused by another driver’s negligence, the police report will support your case, so that you receive sufficient compensation.

Document Damage

You can also document damage on your own. Take photos of any damage to your vehicle and the other vehicles involved. Write down the date and time of the accident, as well as where it occurred. Make note of any road hazards that could have contributed, such as potholes or faulty traffic lights. If there are witnesses on the scene, ask if they’d be willing to make a statement.

Notify Your Insurance Company

After you’ve exchanged information with the other drivers, contact your insurance company as soon as possible. Briefly explain what occurred and provide information on the other drivers. Let the agent know that you have pictures, witness statements, and other documentation when necessary. You must also inform them of your location when out-of-state, as this can affect how claims are filed on your behalf.

Some motorists need legal assistance with their insurance claims after an out-of-state accident. In this case, Hinkle Law Offices has the experience and knowledge to support our clients. We know that collisions often result from driver negligence, and we’re passionate about holding the responsible party accountable for their actions.

Feel free to contact our firm today for more information or call 505-883-4357 to schedule a consultation at our Albuquerque office.