Some people come to Tennessee to vacation. Temperate winters, lush wild spaces and exciting urban centers all draw people to the Volunteer State for vacations. Others travel to Tennessee to do business here. There are even some people who end up driving through Tennessee en route elsewhere.
Sometimes, those visiting from out of state experience an unfortunate experience while they are in Tennessee. For example, they may end up in a crash caused by another driver. Not only may they have to extend their stay because of the collision, but they may endure numerous other financial consequences. Collisions can cause severe injuries, major property damage and lost wages, in addition to pain and suffering and other losses.
Handling a crash is always a stressful prospect, but it is particularly daunting when it happens far from home. How can someone from another state pursue appropriate reimbursement after a Tennessee collision?
Learning about state insurance rules and available coverage is key
Every state has different standards for car insurance. In Tennessee, drivers have to carry liability coverage both for property damage expenses and bodily injury to others. As in any state, the claim that someone can make is subject to the policy limits in place for the at-fault driver’s coverage.
Sadly, quite a few drivers only have the coverage mandated by law, which means that more severe crashes often produce expenses that exceed the available insurance. In cases involving undrivable vehicles or severe injuries, those affected by a crash may very well need to go to court.
Hiring an in-state attorney can make all the difference
Trying to understand Tennessee insurance laws is enough of a challenge. Needing to travel back and forth to the state in an effort to pursue a personal injury claim in civil court could be impossible for the average adult.
Thankfully, those pursuing a large insurance claim and/or a personal injury lawsuit in Tennessee can retain a lawyer licensed in the state to assist with the process. That way, they will be able to minimize their return trips to the state or possibly eliminate the need to travel back to Tennessee altogether.
Additionally, they can feel confident that they will have proper guidance related to their claim. Consulting with an in-state attorney can help those living elsewhere while coping with the aftermath of a Tennessee car crash.