Florida is known for tourism. We have some of the biggest attractions in the nation, including the very popular Disney World. But that means our roads are often shared with out-of-state drivers. These drivers can come from all over the US and even Canada, so what happens if you’re in an accident with someone who doesn’t live in Florida? Here are a few things you should know.
Tourism Stats in Florida
The country is opening up, and travel is back on the menu for millions of Americans. Florida has seen some of the highest tourism numbers already in 2023. In the first quarter of this, we saw record numbers. 37.9 million people visited Florida between January and March. And we only expect the number to grow this summer.
More tourists means more drivers on the road, which has the potential for more accidents. Distracted driving, weather conditions, fatigue, and even driving under the influence can all be factors for accidents. And when someone is unfamiliar with where they are, that can increase the risk.
Who Has Jurisdiction?
The most important thing to know is that if a car accident happens on a Florida roadway, the state of Florida will have jurisdiction over that accident. Now, that isn’t always cut and dry, as we’ll discuss below, but as a Florida driver, if you get hit by an out-of-state driver, it will be processed through the Florida court system.
That’s why it’s essential to talk to a local lawyer. They will work on your auto accident case to ensure everything is covered and the driver at fault is held accountable.
Nearby State Rules
There is a bit of a wrinkle in some traffic accidents involving out-of-state drivers. Some aspects of the law, driven mainly by auto insurance companies, mean local Gainesville lawyers may have to know a little about Georgia law, for example, to properly handle the case.
At Glassman & Zissimopulos, we will always do everything possible to ensure you’re taken care of. And if that means consulting with law experts in neighboring states, we will do that.
Suing for Personal Injury
Florida is a No-Fault insurance state, which means no matter who caused an accident, your insurance company is responsible at first for medical expenses. However, that doesn’t stop you from bringing a personal injury lawsuit against the other driver. Once the out-of-state driver is on Florida roads, they are subject to Florida laws.
The same is true for out-of-state drivers injured in an accident caused by a Florida driver. You must file that suit in Florida, so contacting a local lawyer will be in your best interest.
Call Glassman and Zissimopulos and our team of dedicated attorneys today. (352) 505-4515 or Toll-Free at (844) 787-2543. When you call, you will be able to speak with a lawyer. This is our commitment to you.