Vehicle Accident Jurisdiction
I was driving north on I-5, near Seattle, WA. I was traveling in the lane next to the HOV lane. The other driver was apparently exiting the freeway, then changed his mind, and re-entered the freeway. He lost control of his vehicle, and he came across 3 lanes of traffic and broadsided my class-B(van)RV on the passenger side.
He hit several times, tipping the motorhome over onto the driver's side; then the motorhome slid across all lanes of traffic and banged head-on into the guardrail on outside edge of freeway.
I am an Oregon resident, and the accident occurred in Seattle, Washington. If I need to hire an attorney, does it need to be one in the area of the accident? Or can an attorney from Oregon handle it for me?
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ANSWER for "Vehicle Accident Jurisdiction":
The answer is - it depends. The other driver has not availed himself to the jurisdiction of Washington and therefore, to bring a lawsuit in Washington, you would not be able to obtain jurisdiction over him/her.
If, however, the other driver also lives in Washington (I know it's a longshot), then you can bring a lawsuit there. Assuming s/he does not live in Washington, you would need to bring a lawsuit in Oregon.
The above is general information. Laws change frequently, and across jurisdictions. You should get a personalized case evaluation from an attorney licensed in your state. Find a local attorney to give you a free case review here, or call (888) 647-2490.
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