When traveling by plane or train, renting a car at one’s final destination often becomes essential. Therefore it should come as no surprise that the rental car industry is only growing in size and annual revenue. Navigating our world is often most efficiently and expediently done one four wheels, especially in rural and suburban environments. But convenience does not always equate to safety and responsibility. Driving an unfamiliar car on unfamiliar roads can lead to an increased risk of accidents. The thought of finding yourself far from home with a damaged or totaled car and a potentially serious injury is anxiety-inducing, to say the least. Malloy Law Offices has the updated rental car accident guide to help you navigate this situation if it should ever happen to you.
In many ways, the aftermath of a rental car accident will be very similar to any other car accident. We’ve covered the steps drivers should take in the aftermath of a car accident many times before. Let’s run through the steps to take in short order here. We’ll also cover some unique steps to take in the case of rental accidents.
A rental car accident may include vast potential complications and variety of possible avenues towards recovery. Let’s take a deep dive into the potential options available to rental car accident victims, beginning with insurance.
As previously alluded to, car rental companies will often offer insurance to their customers for an additional daily charge. As always, Malloy Law recommends that motorists avail themselves of all the insurance coverage they can afford. Doing so may save you headaches in the event of an unfortunate accident. Insurance offered by rental companies typically includes:
Some credit card companies offer insurance on cars rented by their cardholders, provided that the rental is charged to the credit card in question. This can be useful, but cardholders should be aware that this generally does not entail liability coverage. If your credit card does offer rental car insurance as a benefit, we recommend you read the fine print and understand what exactly is and is not covered.
If you travel often and rent cars regularly, you may want to consider purchasing renters insurance through your regular insurance provider. If your existing insurance company does not offer coverage for rentals, you may want to explore purchasing coverage from a third party rental car insurance company.
In the event of an accident involving a rental car, the most relevant question to consider is; “who was at fault?” If you are adjudged to be at fault, you path to recovery will come almost entirely through your own insurance coverage.
If you are:
Then you may be able to open a personal injury case. In order to do so successfully, you’ll need to prove that the at-fault driver’s negligence led directly to your injury and financial harm.
If you or a loved one has been involved in a rental car accident, you may be overwhelmed with a maze of conflicting claims, policies, and corporate interests. You may be facing medical bills, repair bills, and insurance costs. You don’t have to face it alone. Malloy Law Offices is proud to employ car accident experts of all kinds. Our experienced and diverse team has the know-how and the work ethic to win maximum compensation for your injuries and lost property. Contact us today for a free consultation.