Out of State Car Accidents
If you have been injured in a car accident involving an out-of-state driver, it’s important to understand that your case may have some unique challenges. That said, you can still pursue a claim for compensation against the at-fault driver. An experienced Los Angeles car accident attorney can overcome whatever challenges you may face and help you get the compensation you need to rebuild your life.
Here are some of the challenges you face if you have been injured in an accident caused by an out-of-state driver:
However, none of these challenges are insurmountable. An experienced Los Angeles car accident attorney can successfully navigate these challenges and help you get the compensation you are entitled to.
It is first important to recognize that California law will apply even though your accident involved an out-of-state driver. This means that the other driver is expected to comply with California traffic laws and that they can be ticketed for violating those laws. Furthermore, out-of-state drivers can be held liable according to the same negligence standards as native California state drivers.
California is a “fault” state, which means that drivers are financially responsible for any injuries they cause while driving their car. Compare this to a “no-fault” state, which requires all parties involved in an accident to pursue a claim under their own insurance policies. However, if the other driver comes from a “no-fault” state it doesn’t matter - California law will apply and you can pursue a claim against the other driver.
The out-of-state driver may try to argue that they shouldn’t be held liable for your damages because they were unaware of the requirements of California law. As mentioned above, however, California law will apply to accidents involving out-of-state drivers. By virtue of driving in California, out-of-state drivers are expected to familiarize themselves with California law, follow all traffic signs and signals, and operate their vehicle in a reasonably safe manner. The fact that they were unaware of the particulars of California law does not relieve them of these responsibilities.
Many out-of-state drivers who relocate to California are unaware that they are required to purchase auto insurance that complies with California law within 10 days of claiming residency. This means that they need to carry the following minimum coverage:
These cases can be complicated, but the Los Angeles car accident attorneys at Banafshe Law Firm, PC have the knowledge and experience you need to get fair representation. To schedule a free consultation to discuss your case, contact us today at 800-789-8840.
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