What To Do If You’ve Been in a Car Accident While Traveling

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If you have been dying to get out since the pandemic, travel is probably on your mind. You may be dreaming of having a cocktail on the beach or hiking up a beautiful mountain. But what you may not have been thinking about is what would happen if you got into a car accident while you were on vacation.

According to an article from Travel Inspired Living, 23 percent of car accidents happen far from home, like when you are on vacation or taking a road trip. A time that was supposed to be a reprieve from your hectic and busy life just became a stressful situation in an unfamiliar area.

Unfortunately, this can happen to anyone, which is why they call them accidents. If you’ve gotten into a car accident while traveling, here are a few things you need to know.

Follow The Necessary Procedures for a Car Accident

No matter where in the country or world you may be, a car accident is still a car accident. You will want to make sure you are following the necessary procedures to handle the situation at hand to ensure the safety and well-being of everyone involved.

  • Ask the people within your vehicle if they are okay. If not, do not try to move them unless the vehicle presents a dangerous situation that could involve a fatality. You will want to wait for the first responders to handle moving anyone who may be immobile so as to not do more harm.
  • Call 911 to to inform the authorities.
  • Move your vehicle out of a busy intersection and away from the road if possible.
  • Exchange insurance and contact information with the other people involved in the accident.
  • Take photos and videos to document as much of the accident, with as much detail, as possible. Insurance companies and your car accident lawyer will need this information.

Contact A Lawyer

Contacting a car accident lawyer for your situation might seem a little tricky. You might not be entirely sure if you should contact a lawyer in your state, where your rental vehicle is registered, or within the state where the accident occurred.

In this case, you will want to contact a lawyer within the state you reside in to be able to work with your insurance company. For instance, if you live in Murrieta, California but you are in a vehicle collision in New Mexico, you will want to contact a car accident lawyer in Murrieta.

Prepare New Travel Arrangements

In the case that you are traveling and you are unable to drive your car, you will want to prepare other travel arrangements. This could be anything from needing to have your vehicle towed, rearranging your hotels for any delays, or even changing flights that may be impacted due to your airport arrival times.

In some cases where you are on a road trip and you are using your personal vehicle, you may be able to have your car repaired in a reasonable amount of time that doesn’t impact your vacation plans.

If you are renting a car, you will want to contact the rental company when the accident occurred so they can help you arrange for a new vehicle to be provided to you. In some cases, you may have to request a rideshare in order to go back to the nearest associated rental facility. 

Take Time To Regroup

Car accidents are stressful regardless of where or when they happen. Give yourself some time to regroup and take a breath. You don’t want to ruin your vacation because you are overly stressed.

Unfortunately, the situation happened and there is nothing you can do to change it. Your vacation doesn’t have to necessarily end just because an accident happened. You can only make the best of things by taking it one small step at a time.

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