Recovering Compensation in Rental Car AccidentsAugust 22, 2018
Car accidents are an unfortunate reality, but when a rental car is involved in the crash, it can make an already stressful situation a bit more complicated. Determining who is responsible for paying damages depends on a number of factors, including whether you were driving the rental car, or were struck by another motorist who was driving a rental vehicle. If significant injuries and property damage were involved, it can become extremely costly. A Baltimore car accident lawyer can protect your rights and recommend the best legal course of action.
When a car accident involves two or more vehicles that are owned by the drivers, it is generally the responsibility of the driver who was at fault to pay for the damages through his or her insurance provider. This includes legal costs and medical expenses. However, when one of the vehicles involved in the accident is a rental, there are a number of potential scenarios when it comes to paying for damages.
Rental Car Crash Considerations
The driver may have purchased additional insurance through the rental company, or he or she may be insured by the credit card used to pay for the rental. Or, the driver may use his or her own personal automobile insurance.
As you might imagine, with so many different parties involved, it can get very complicated. In addition, insurance and credit card companies may try to refuse to pay, claiming that it is the other party’s responsibility to pay.
In addition to the accident itself, there are other issues to consider when renting a vehicle, which can impact the potential for an accident. For example, rental car companies do not always respond to vehicle recall notices. Therefore, if a car with a faulty part is not removed, or the repairs are not made immediately, it impacts the safety of the vehicle. This also means that other defendants may be liable for an accident, including the car companies and the rental companies.
Protecting Your Right to Compensation
In order to secure the compensation you deserve, it is important to determine who is at fault, and the insurance coverage available. If you were not responsible for causing the accident, a Baltimore car accident lawyer will be able to walk you through the claims process, to help ensure that you receive the compensation that you deserve. This process can become even more complex if the driver who rented the car allowed an unauthorized individual to operate the vehicle.
If you were injured, you are entitled to full coverage for medical expenses, lost wages, pain and suffering, and other costs associated with the accident.
Baltimore Car Accident Lawyers at LeViness, Tolzman & Hamilton Represent Victims of Rental Car Accidents
If you or a loved one have been injured in a car accident involving another driver who was in a rental car, it is in your best interest to contact the Baltimore car accident lawyers at LeViness, Tolzman & Hamilton as soon as possible. Our experienced team has a proven track record of reaching successful settlements for clients involved in rental car accidents. To schedule a free, confidential consultation, call us today at LAW (4529) or contact us online.
Our offices are located in Baltimore, Columbia, Glen Burnie, and Towson, allowing us to represent car accident victims in Maryland, including those in Anne Arundel County, Baltimore County, Carroll County, Harford County, Howard County, Montgomery County, Maryland’s Western Counties, Prince George’s County, Queen Anne’s County, Southern Maryland, and the Eastern Shore, as well as the communities of Catonsville, Essex, Halethorpe, Middle River, Rosedale, Gwynn Oak, Brooklandville, Dundalk, Pikesville, Nottingham, Windsor Mill, Lutherville, Timonium, Sparrows Point, Ridgewood, and Elkridge.