If you are unfortunate enough to be in a car accident while driving a rental car, it can be an even bigger headache than if you were in your vehicle. You will need to arrange to have a replacement car if the one you are driving can’t immediately and quickly be repaired, and of course, the car rental company will also need to be involved.
However, keep in mind that car rental companies understand and accept that their cars will be involved in accidents at some point; the situation can be resolved, and you should try not to be more stressed than you already are.
The company you rented the vehicle from almost certainly provides some coverage in the event of a car accident. When you first pick up your rental car, you should read through the paperwork to make sure you understand this coverage and the procedure in case of an accident.
Steps to Take After Being In An Accident With a Rental Car
If safe to do so, move your vehicle from the road and immediately find out if anyone has been injured, calling 911 if necessary.
Check the occupants of any other vehicle involved are okay and then inspect the car you are driving.
Call the police to the accident scene, which is probably a requirement of the paperwork and your rental agreement. You can help your case too by taking some clear photographs of any damage caused to any of the vehicles in the accident, as well as of the overall scene and any injuries to anyone. When you return the rental car, you may have to complete some paperwork so be prepared for that to take a little extra time.
Your insurance policy probably covers you in the event of a car accident in a rental car, so you should then contact your own car insurance company. To make the process as quick and easy as possible, check with them to precisely see what information they will need. The bottom line is that how you are covered when driving a rental vehicle will be determined by your car insurance, making it essential to communicate with them.
Be sure to understand precisely how much it will cost to tow and store your vehicle somewhere if that is necessary. Many car rental agencies have a designated body shop that they like to use, so it’s important to find out that information.
Ensure that you keep all of the receipts so that you can prove what you have already paid for in the event of being reimbursed.
Contact a Car Accident Lawyer If You’ve Been Injured
And you should also make a point of calling the Law Offices of Rodney K. Okano for advice and help, as it can be confusing knowing how and when to communicate with your own insurance company, the car rental company and any other drives involved in the incident. We will help you to look after your legal rights and make sure you follow the appropriate procedure.
You may be entitled to damages if you weren’t at fault in the car accident, and our Las Vegas-based team of legal experts will do their best to help you.