St. Thomas, St. Croix, and St. John car accident attorney

Most people rent vehicles while on vacation to increase their mobility and allow them to see the sights without relying on public transport. With the remoteness of common vacation spots such as St. Thomas, St. Croix, and St. John, many travelers will rely on car rental companies to enjoy their vacations to the fullest. It is fairly well known that auto rental companies charge high fees for any damage done to their vehicles, but what if you are not the one responsible for a collision and sustain injuries because of the actions of a negligent driver? It is important to understand the liability issues involved in rental car accidents and your options for pursuing compensation for any injuries suffered in a collision.

What Should I Do if I Have Been in a Crash?

Being involved in an automobile accident can be a scary experience for everyone involved. In these cases, taking the proper steps post-accident can help you protect your ability to recover compensation from the person or people who were responsible. The first thing anyone should do after a crash is to make sure everyone is okay and contact local law enforcement. Working with the police may seem extreme, especially if it was just a fender bender, but having officials document the details of your accident can be especially useful when determining liability for the accident. You should be sure to keep your own record of the incident as well, including the involved parties’ names and contact information, photos of the damage and the injuries you have suffered, and a written record of any pertinent details.

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When Your Vacation in the Virgin Islands Is Ruined by Car AccidentWith tourism being the primary economic engine for the U.S. Virgin Islands, the islands welcome more than 2 million visitors each year. Along with this large number of tourists, the islands also get their share of car accidents. This is made worse by the fact that drivers on the islands must keep left, not to the right as they are used to if they come from the United States.

What to Do If Involved in a Car Accident in the Virgin Islands

  1. Get Medical Attention: Even when there are no obvious injuries, you should visit a hospital. Many people walk away from an accident and fail to get medical attention – assuming they are not hurt – only to find out later they have suffered internal injuries, which are by then worse than they would have been if they had immediately sought medical attention.
  2. Get Detailed Information: To the extent that you are able, document the accident by taking pictures, including the vehicle, the scene and any visible injuries on you. If the accident involved another vehicle, get the other driver’s license and insurance information. If there are witnesses, take their names and contact information. This information will be useful down the road when you seek compensation for your injuries.
  3. Preserve Your Account of the Incident: Write down or record a narrative of what you recall happened right before the accident. This information can be useful in establishing or bolstering evidence to determine who was at fault.

Complexities in Virgin Island Accidents

As noted above, the U.S. Virgin Islands is a popular vacation destination. Chances are if you are involved in a car accident here, you are either yourself from outside the island or the other driver is. This makes any case complicated because one must deal with multiple jurisdictions or even foreign countries to get to the bottom of things.

Contact a Virgin Islands Auto Accident Attorney

When your dream vacation in the Caribbean is ruined by an accident – especially one you were not at fault for – you may find yourself uncertain as to what to do or where to turn for help. Our skilled attorneys at Colianni & Colianni, LLC, will help you understand your rights and your best options for receiving compensation for the damages you have suffered. We will evaluate your case and provide you with dedicated representation, working to ensure that you are compensated for your medical costs, lost income, property damage, and pain and suffering. Contact a U.S. Virgin Islands personal injury lawyer today at 340-719-1766 to arrange a free consultation.

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