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Car Accidents with Out of State Drivers

If you have been injured in a car accident with an out-of-state driver, your case may have some unique challenges that are typically of no concern in collisions involving in-state drivers. Nonetheless, such collisions can involve minor injuries, serious injuries, or even death, and you can still bring a claim for financial compensation against an out-of-state at-fault driver. At Searcy Denney, we can handle every aspect of your car accident claim, so you can just focus on your recovery. 

What Do I Need to Know About Car Accidents with Out-of-State Drivers?

If you have been injured in an accident caused by an out-of-state driver, there are a few things you should know:

  • The out-of-state driver may be difficult to locate or communicate with once they return to their home state.
  • If you need to file a legal claim, it may be an issue to serve the out-of-state driver with the complaint and other types of legal paperwork, such as discovery requests or subpoenas.
  • The out-of-state driver may be uninsured or underinsured.

However, all of these issues can be overcome. The Florida car crash lawyers at Searcy Denney are experienced with these types of jurisdictional issues and understand the methods needed for holding out-of-state drivers accountable.

How Florida Laws Apply to Out-of-State Drivers

Driving in another state creates an implied agreement to follow that state’s laws. Consequently, out-of-state drivers can be held liable according to the same negligence standards as native Florida state drivers. 

Unfortunately, the status of insurance laws in Florida is currently in a state of flux, with Senate Bill 54 awaiting signature by the Governor. Still, there is always a set of rules in place at the time of an accident, and our Florida auto accident lawyers know and thoroughly understand them. Our team can handle your insurance claim and any legal claims you may have in a way designed to get you the most lucrative financial compensation possible, whether the accident was with an out-of-state driver or not. It should be noted that ignorance of the law, which an out-of-state driver may claim, is no defense for violations of Florida’s laws.

Contact Searcy Denney for Help With Your Out-of-State Driver Accident

Accidents involving out-of-state drivers come with their own unique set of challenges, most of which revolve around the difficulty of forcing the out-of-state driver to litigate in Florida. Nevertheless, the accident  lawyers at our firm are familiar with the tactics that may be attempted by out-of-state drivers and know precisely how to deal with them. We will deal with your insurer and handle any legal claims you may have while fighting for maximum financial compensation on your behalf. Let us help and give us a call today. 

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