Being in a car accident anywhere in Florida can be a hassle, but if the other driver is not from the state, it may become even more complicated. Dealing with tourists after a car accident adds a unique layer of complication – and in some cases, may make it more difficult to seek compensation for your injuries.
Steps to Take Following a Tourist Car Accident
If you are involved in an accident with a tourist, there are steps you can take to help preserve your case, including:
- Realize that they are not from your state and keep those differences in mind. While tourists are expected to follow the rules of the road regardless of where they drive, realize that the state or country they come from may have different driving laws. Also, if the tourist is from another country, communication may be more difficult. Stay sensitive to these differences and explain to the other driver the insurance process and accident reporting procedure for Florida.
- Get the tourist’s contact information and details. It is imperative that you get their local and home contact information. If they are staying in Florida, find out where they are staying and how long they are expected to visit. If the other driver is in a rental car, get pertinent details about the rental vehicle. This will help you track down the tourist in the event that they give you incorrect or false information.
- Get photographs of the accident scene if you are able to. Photographs are critical to any accident claim, but they are especially important when you are in an accident with a tourist. Take photographs of the driver, their passengers (if any), the damage to both vehicles, the general scene, and any injuries apparent.
- Report the accident to the police. Reporting to the local police department and having them arrive on scene to gather information is imperative. By having a police report, you can establish that the accident did actually occur and also increase the likelihood that you will receive the proper contact information from the visiting party.
- Get legal assistance. Filing insurance claims with out-of-state or out-of-country drivers can be extremely difficult. You will want to speak to a personal injury attorney to explore your legal options. An attorney can help identify which steps you need to take to ensure you receive compensation for your injuries.
Speak with Attorney Mike Hancock
Tourists are very common in Florida, and so are accidents involving them. Whether the tourist is from another state or country, do not hesitate to contact Hancock Injury Attorneys regarding your case. We have dealt with plaintiffs from the state and at-fault drivers from other states. We understand the legal complexities of these types of claims and can assist you in exercising your right to compensation. Call 813-915-1110 or complete an online contact form to schedule your free consultation.