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    Dealing With Unexpected Rental Car Crash Problems 101

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Any automobile accident may be stressful enough, financially or emotionally, even if the damage is small and no one is hurt.

However, suppose you get in an accident with a rental car. In that case, you will likely worry more about the implications and repair expenses because rental car companies notoriously charge ridiculously high repair costs.

Car rental companies always want to charge vulnerable people for damages even when evidence shows that they are not responsible for the damages.

This Los Angeles insurance law article explains everything you need to know when dealing with unexpected rental car crash problems and the complications that follow them. You must never forget that as a renter, it is your responsibility to the car rental company to return the vehicle to them in the same condition in which you received it.

If you have damaged a rental car, there are typically three types of insurance that cover this kind of rental automobile damage. Get a free consultation from our firm by calling (213) 596-9642.

Rental Car Insurance Coverage

If you get in an accident or damage a rental vehicle during the rental time, the rental car company, your auto insurance, and the credit card used to pay for the rental are the three major sources of potential insurance coverage.

Rental Car Companies Insurance

The following kinds of insurance are what the rental car company offers as supplemental insurance that covers damages:

  1. Collision damage or loss-damage waiver covers financial damages when the renter gets the vehicle damaged, stolen, or out of use while repairing the car or towing it.
  2. Liability would cover you and the damages if any lawsuits related to your use of the rental vehicle, like personal injury cases. Still, there is a policy limit of $1 million.
  3. Personal accident insurance covers medical costs.
  4. Personal effects coverage covers whatever you transport in the car (luggage, electronics, personal items, etc.), which is an add-on policy.

The car rental company charges for these coverage policies at a per-day cost. Call our California law office for more information, or discover our other practice areas.

Personal Car Insurance

If you are the owner or the driver of a vehicle you use regularly, you most certainly have personal auto insurance. Most personal vehicle insurance policies will provide coverage equal to the rental car company’s liability coverage, and many will include additional coverage, such as comprehensive and collision.

If you decline liability coverage or the collision damage waiver, certain rental car companies may request evidence of coverage under your personal auto insurance policy.

If you are a licensed driver but lack automotive insurance (for example, if you do not own a car) or homeowners or renters insurance, you need to acquire the rental car company’s optional insurance.

Credit Card Company Rental Car Company Insurance

You may not require insurance from the car rental company since many credit card companies, including both Visa and MasterCard, offer this kind of insurance if you pay for the rental with one of their accredited cards. This is a significant benefit of making a rental using a credit card, and you should not waste that opportunity to use the option of having this insurance option.

Again, you have to consult your credit card provider to know what kind of insurance will cover liability. If you doubt the policy limits of your insurance, it is wise, however, to take the rental company’s policy, especially liability coverage or supplemental liability protection.

What to Do After an Accident in a Rental Car

What would you do if you got in a rental car accident?

The process is similar to how you’d handle any other car accident; only add a few more steps, and you are good to go with the following straightforward steps.

1. Check on everyone in the car accident

If you can safely move around, assess the situation, and check for injuries. Then you must call 911 (or the local authorities) to help you evaluate the situation and take necessary legal steps. Even if there are no injuries, the police will dispatch an officer who will come to the scene and examine the evidence and file a police report.

2. Gather enough evidence and contact information.

Next, do the same thing you would do in any case of a car accident: gather evidence of exactly how the accident happened and who was responsible or at fault. The evidence you would conclude can be photos of the incident, recordings from witness statements, physical evidence, or other relevant details. Before the police officer leaves, you can try to get a copy of the accident report from the on-scene police officer to hold as part of the evidence in your lawsuit to claim compensation or prove liability.

3. Call the rental company.

When you make a rental, the company will provide an emergency number for you to call if there is any problem with the vehicle you pay rent for. If you find yourself in an accident involving a rental car, you should contact the rental company to aor what you should do next.

The customer service agent will direct instructions on what you must do with their vehicle, whether they want you to tow the car to a specific location or one of their offices. You’re responsible for the rental car until it’s returned.

4. Call your insurance company (and the credit card company).

Start with your insurance carrier. A claim will not affect your insurance premium rate if you are not at fault for the accident. It would help if you claimed your damages first because you don’t want the insurance company to find out about the collision due to another party filing a lawsuit against you.

Frequently, insurance providers may refuse claims if a policyholder does not file a lawsuit promptly enough following an accident.

Call your insurance company immediately to ensure they know of the accident. Contact your credit card provider if you paid for the rental automobile using a credit card. Notify the credit card issuers you used to pay for the rental car of the accident.

5. File a report with the rental company.

This is a distinct procedure from selecting how to repair the vehicle following an accident. You must notify the rental company about the incident. This report will inquire about who was to blame for the accident, the extent of the vehicle’s damage, your injuries, and other pertinent information.

Call a Lawyer After a Rental Car Accident

Get in an accident with a rental automobile. The process may be more complicated than an accident with your car, as that will imply more trouble and maybe different insurance like car rental insurance.

You deserve to pursue justice with an aggressive personal injury attorney to receive all the benefits under your insurance coverage. Call us at Ehline Personal Injury Law Firm, and an expert lawyer is ready to assist you in limiting your costs and obtaining maximum compensation. You can also use our convenient website contact form.


Michael Ehline

Michael Ehline is an inactive U.S. Marine and world famous legal historian. Michael helped draft the Cruise Ship Safety Act and has won some of the largest motorcycle accident settlements in U.S. History. Together with his legal team, Michael and the Ehline Law Firm collect damages on behalf of clients. We pride ourselves in being available to answer your most pressing and difficult questions 24/7. We are proud sponsors of the Paul Ehline Memorial Motorcycle Ride, and a a Service Disabled Veteran Operated Business. (SDVOB.) We are ready to fight.

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