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What to do if you’re in an accident while traveling

Getting into an accident while you’re traveling can be scary and frustrating. If you get into an accident while traveling in Pennsylvania, it’s important to stay calm as you take the following steps.

Figure out the state laws first

If you get into an accident while traveling in Pennsylvania, it’s assumed that no one is at fault, and your insurance will pay for the damage done to your car. However, there are cases when you can file a claim against the at-fault driver to get compensation.

States will have different laws regarding fault of a car accident, so be prepared if you get into an accident while traveling in another state. It’s important that you don’t claim fault by apologizing.

What to do if you’re renting a car

You’ll want to call the rental company right away so that they can send you another car. If you bought insurance when you rented the car, the company will cover all the damage. Your credit card also might have a special insurance program that you can take advantage of.

It’s imperative to not let the other driver know that your car is a rental. They could take advantage of this fact later.

What to do if you’re driving your own car

There are a few options for you. What you pick will depend on the severity of the accident and how far away you are from home.

  • Have your car repaired in the town where you’re staying.
  • Have your towed back to your home.

Figuring out your travel plans

Sometimes, the accident is minor enough to continue your vacation, but other times, you’ll want to go home early. Either way, being prepared will make it easier to get on with your vacation and get home safe. If you have questions about getting compensation after the accident, an attorney may be able to help.