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Steps to take after an auto accident in another state

Car accidents happen every day in Michigan. According to data compiled by the Michigan State Police, over 300,000 car crashes occurred in the state in 2016. A majority of those crashes only resulted in property damage, but many resulted in injuries as well. 

After being involved in a car accident anywhere, you want to seek medical treatment immediately. Even if you seem all right, it is better to be safe than sorry. Many drivers worry about what to do when they become involved in a collision in another state, which is common during the holidays. However, the process is relatively the same. 

Gather evidence

You want to collect evidence similar to what you would do for any other car crash. You should take pictures of both vehicles to document the damage. You should also photograph the road conditions in case anything there is of use. It is also good to compile testimony from any witnesses who saw the crash. It is vitally important to write down witnesses' contact information because it can be tough to get back in touch with them after the fact. 

Talk to insurance agent

You want to provide your insurance agency with as much information about the accident as you can, including the fact you are in another state. Michigan requires drivers to obtain no-fault insurance, which comes with personal injury protection, residual liability coverage and property protection. However, other states do not require drivers to have the same, which can make insurance claims tricky. That is why you want to get the ball rolling on your claim as quickly as possible. 

Contact your attorney

Car accidents involving two vehicles from different states can have different laws applied. In some cases, the state's laws where the crash actually occurred will go into effect while under other circumstances, the laws from the state of an outside vehicle will come into play. Either way, you want to get in touch with an attorney from your home state first to review options. 

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