Were you injured in a motorcycle accident outside the state in which you live? Not sure what to do next? The good news is you don’t have to do anything on your own. With a qualified attorney working your case, it’s often easier to understand what to do and how to do it. The following are some things you should keep in mind about hiring a lawyer for your out-of-state motorcycle accident.
The Distance of Your Accident Plays a Role
In determining which lawyer to hire for your accident, the distance of your accident could play a role. Do you need to hire someone in the state where your accident occurred, or can you hire an attorney from your own state? Check it out!
- Just Over the Border – If your accident occurred just over the border from your state, it’s possible there’s an attorney nearby who is admitted to the bar in both states. In that case, you could hire someone from your own state, and he or she could represent you in the state where your accident happened. This is an ideal situation because you can meet with your lawyer without having to travel far, and you won’t be paying any high travel costs for your lawyer to get to court.
- Multiple States Away – If your accident happened multiple states away, chances are your local lawyer will not have admittance to practice law in the other state. In that case, you would need to hire a lawyer from the state where the accident happened. The exception to the rule is when your lawyer associates with a lawyer in the other state. Your lawyer would need special permission from the bar and should have previous experience with this arrangement.
If you do end up hiring a lawyer from the other state, keep in mind you’ll be paying any lawyer fees that are incurred. If your lawyer has to travel to your state in order to depose your doctor, you’ll be paying the travel costs. Of course, most cases are based on contingency, so the costs would come out of your settlement, but they would be paid by you nonetheless.
Contacting a Lawyer
After being in a motorcycle accident in another state, you’ll probably want to hire a lawyer. It might be a good idea to look up reviews so you can hire a lawyer most suited to take care of your case. If you have to hire a lawyer from another state, you could contact your local motorcycle accident lawyer for a recommendation. To learn more about out-of-state legal situations, contact your lawyer today.