Out-of-State Car Accidents
Interstate car travel has increased throughout the country over the years. With that comes an increased risk of being in a car accident in unfamiliar territory. Most Georgia drivers travel outside the state at least a few times a year, whether heading to Florida or other nearby out of state beaches on vacation, or driving to another state for work. In other states, the rules of the road may be different. Everything from speed limits to road signs to passing laws may vary from what they are in Georgia, and in highly-traffic areas, other travelers may be dividing their attention among maps, passengers, and the road.
All of these factors, especially when combined, can increase the likelihood of car accidents. So what should you do if you are injured in a car accident in another state with different laws? Below is some useful advice for Georgia drivers.State Laws Apply in Car Accident Cases
If you have a Georgia driver’s license, but you were injured in a car accident in another state, you may be wondering which state’s laws apply in your case. Most likely, the laws of the state where the car accident occurred will govern any claims arising from the accident, but that is not a given. Georgia is a modified comparative fault state which means that your recovery may be reduced in proportion to your share of the fault of the accident. However, not all states are the same, and laws where you had your accident may very well be different from Georgia.
There are certain circumstances that may change which laws will apply. Important questions to ask include:
- Where did the car accident occur?
- Who caused the car accident?
- Where was the case or claim filed?
- Was the case filed in state or federal court?
Every car accident case is different, and seemingly inconsequential conditions can significantly change the way your case is handled, including where any claims should be brought or litigated. Once you are home in Georgia, or even before you return home, it is important to talk to a personal injury attorney who specializes in auto accidents to evaluate your legal options.Licensed to Practice in Georgia, Tennessee & Mississippi
At Katz Personal Injury Lawyers, we have attorneys licensed to practice law in Tennessee and Mississippi as well as in Georgia. We can also be approved by the court to practice in a particular state for specific car accident cases. If you are not from Georgia, but you have been injured in a Georgia car accident, we can help you protect your rights and interests here, even after you return home.Call Us After an Out-of-State Car Accident
If you have been injured in a car accident in another state or during your time in Georgia, the car accident attorneys at Katz Personal Injury Lawyers can help ensure you are treated fairly by insurance companies and the legal system. Please contact us today at (404) 460-0101 for the advice and guidance you need after a car accident.