You are going about your daily business when BAM! A driver in another vehicle hits your vehicle, causes a lot of damage, and lands you with medical bills. In any case, this is not a welcome situation, as car accidents can cause a lot of strife. However, if you find out that the driver for the other vehicle was an out-of-towner, things can get pretty complicated, especially if they were visiting from another state or another country. Here's a look at a few things you should know if you have been involved in a car accident with a tourist.
The tourist may not realize they are at fault.
Driving laws are pretty consistent from state to state, but there can be slight differences and nuances depending on where you are driving. In other countries, driving laws can be incredibly different. because of these things, your accident involving a tourist can be pretty confusing for both of you. The other driver may not understand they are at fault at all, which can complicate things when you file a report after calling the authorities. Language barriers can also be a problem at this time when communication with the other involved party is needed.
The other driver may not always follow the proper procedures.
When someone has an accident away from home, the whole claim filing process with the insurance company can also be complicated. Someone visiting from out of town may be on vacation, visiting relatives, or in town on business so they may have other matters to contend with while they are in the area. It's easy for the whole process to be delayed because of this, which is one reason why it is important that you get as much contact information as you can from the other driver.
The complexity of the incident warrants you talking to an attorney.
Car accident claims involving a tourist can be so tricky, it is always best to talk to an attorney who is familiar with such uncommon circumstances. It's easy to lose communication with the responsible party; It's easy for things to get misconstrued due to lacking communication. Having an attorney to consult with from the start will help ensure things are worked out in an orderly fashion. If you do end up having to file a personal injury claim, the car accident attorney you consulted with will already be familiar with the details of the accident.