If you are involved in a crash while you are driving a rental vehicle, you may be entitled to compensation. An experienced attorney can help you sort through the facts and figure out who should be held responsible for the crash. So if you are ready to sue for damages, contact a car accident lawyer in Queens and get the legal process started.
Should I Get Rental Car Insurance?
If you are concerned about accidents, you are probably wondering if you should be getting any kind of extra insurance coverage to protect yourself. That can be a good idea, but we also recommend reviewing your own insurance coverage before you add on any extra type of coverage. If you have a car of your own insured, your current coverage might also extend to a rental vehicle. That can protect you if you are blamed for the accident.
Who Can Be Held Liable for Rental Car Accidents?
Usually, the person at fault is the driver who caused the car accident. If you believe that you only damaged your rental car in a crash due to someone else’s actions or negligence, then you should be able to pursue them for compensation.
Sometimes the rental car company can actually be partly responsible for the accident. If a company does not take good care of its vehicles and a mechanical failure causes a collision, they need to be held accountable for that.
What Should I Do After a Rental Car Accident?
After a rental car accident, you need to take steps to protect yourself and preserve any potential evidence. We recommend that you:
- Pull the cars over to where its safe
- Take pictures of your injuries, the accident scene, and damage to any involved vehicles
- Call the police and get an accident report filed
- Get the medical care that you need
- Review your coverage through your own insurance company and the rental car company
- Talk to a personal injury attorney
Then you can begin building a case and pursuing compensation.
Can I Sue for Compensation After an Accident?
If you want to sue for compensation, you need to show that the negligence of another driver was to blame for your rental car accident. You can show that you only damaged your rental vehicle because the other driver was distracted behind the wheel, driving aggressively, driving under the influence, or otherwise engaging in behaviors that made them a danger to others on the road. Then you can pursue damages that would help you cover the costs of your accident, like:
- Medical bills
- Lost wages
- Loss of earning potential
- Any other past and future pain and suffering
Schedule an Appointment With Our Attorneys
If you think that someone else was to blame for your rental car accident, you need to hold them accountable. Contact the Law Offices of George Poulos to schedule a consultation. We would be glad to take the time to appraise your case and talk more about your legal options.