Port Orange Auto Accident Attorneys
It is a well-known fact that people like to visit Florida for vacation. We have sandy beaches, cool ocean waves, and some of the best theme parks in the country. Not so well known is that some people actually leave Florida and vacation elsewhere. They drive north and enjoy some of the things you can’t really find here in Florida like seasons and hills. While it is great to get out of the state and see something different, there are some things you should keep in mind. For instance, let’s say you were visiting Tennessee and got injured in an automobile accident. Do you sue for compensation in Tennessee where you are visiting, or in Florida where your vehicle is licensed? There is the question of whether or not your insurance will cover you since you are so far from home.
The insurance question is easy to answer. As long as you are in the United States or one of its territories, your insurance should still be valid. When you get insurance coverage for your vehicle, it isn’t limited to your state. Many of the major insurance companies also have offices in all 50 states, so you can still talk to an agent no matter where you are. When it comes to injuries and compensation, however, things get a little more complicated.
It doesn’t really matter where you are from when you get in an automobile accident. What matters is where the accident occurred. For instance, if you are from Florida, yet get in a car accident in the middle of Washington, you will fall under that state’s laws and have to sue there. If you live in Washington and get in an accident in Florida, though, you fall under Florida state law and can hire Rue & Ziffra to handle your case for you. This is because of what is known as jurisdiction. Most people know the word from films and television shows when a detective “goes outside his jurisdiction”. Mainly jurisdiction is the area where law enforcement and politics have the right to make legal decisions and make judgments. We won’t go too far into the specifics of jurisdiction. The basic definition will be enough to answer the question.
Jurisdiction does have different levels. For instance, some agencies have jurisdiction inside of a city while some have it across the entire state. Since suing for injuries and compensation takes place within a legal court, the location of the accident gets jurisdiction over it. A court in Florida would have no legal right to make a decision if you get in an automobile accident in Washington.
If you are located in the Volusia County area or are visiting the area and get in an automobile accident, contact Port Orange Auto Accident Attorneys Rue & Ziffra to handle your case.