If you were injured in a motor vehicle accident while riding or driving in a rental car, you may be wondering how you will pay for the cost of injuries for yourself or other passengers or people involved in the collision.
Getting in a car accident is confusing enough but when the vehicle was not your own, it can be even more confusing as to what happens next and which insurance will cover the costs. If you were not at fault for the accident, you could get compensated for your injuries.
The type of coverage you had at the time of the accident – whether it was personal insurance, car rental insurance purchased through the car rental company or coverage through your credit card used to pay for the rental – can get complicated.
You may not know what type of coverage is available or how to file an insurance claim or with which company to file a claim. If your injuries are very serious or resulted in death, the insurance companies may not want to pay out the full amount owed to you or your family.
This is why a personal injury lawyer could be of benefit to you. Our Pittsburgh car accident lawyers offer free case evaluations and do not collect any fees unless we win your case. There are no up-front fees to be paid – just legal advice and the investigative work needed to prove that you should be compensated for your injuries.
If you had an accident with a rental car, you should report the accident to the police and then to the rental car company as soon as possible. Most car rental agencies make this a requirement in the rental car agreement you signed when renting the car. Failing to do so could be a liability.
You do not need to give a recorded statement about the accident. Inform the rental car company of the accident, but you do not need to give them details about who was at fault.
Review your car insurance policies – there are more than one that may apply if you bought extra insurance through the rental company or paid with a credit card that offers coverage in addition to your own personal auto insurance.
Keep any documents about credit card purchases, rental agreements and insurance coverage from the car rental company.
If you rented the car but another person was driving at the time of the accident, you will need to see what type of coverage they have and whether the car rental company covers other drivers (like a spouse, for instance).
If you had liability coverage at the time of the accident, this will help avoid having to pay high out-of-pocket expenses for your injuries and property damage.
Oftentimes, car collisions are caused by negligent or distracted drivers or drivers who are under the influence of drugs or alcohol. But other factors can come into play, such as unsafe road conditions, poor conditions in work zones and bad weather conditions as well as drivers not following the rules of the road, such as running stop signs or red lights.
If you were injured in a car rental through no fault of your own you should not have to pay for the cost of your injuries and damages, lost wages or pain and suffering.
If you are confused about insurance policies and who should pay for what after your auto accident with a rental car, call us for a free case evaluation.
Our expert attorneys help people recover compensation for their injuries and lost wages by gathering all documents needed, reviewing police reports, speaking with witnesses and medical professionals and fully investigating the accident to build a strong case that will prove you were not at fault.
We know when to negotiate, when to go to court and how to get you money for your injuries.
Our Pittsburgh Auto Accident Attorneys do not charge any fees to victims of auto accidents unless we win their case. We are compassionate attorneys who will listen closely to your situation and answer your questions.
Our attorneys are not just here to collect a paycheck – we are here to make a difference.
Oftentimes victims will reluctantly accept the first sum of money offered by insurance companies because they don’t want to deal with the hassle of fighting.
Let us fight for you – you will not owe us anything unless we win your case.
We have a team of lawyers, investigators, and field experts who work together to build a strong case.
We are here to help answer your questions about getting the maximum compensation owed to you, including:
Our goal is to get the maximum compensation you deserve.
The Pittsburgh auto accident lawyers at SMA Law Group are here to help you understand your rights and how you can recover the maximum compensation for your injuries, medical bills, lost wages and pain and suffering.
Call our law office for a free case evaluation today. We can aggressively fight the insurance companies to get the maximum compensation you deserve.
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