Getting into an accident in a rental car is not all that different from being in a collision in your own car, except for the issue of insurance coverage.
Your first responsibility is to check for injuries, and then to get help for anyone who is injured. Also request that law enforcement comes to the scene.
If possible, move the vehicle out of traffic and to a safer position. Then exchange information with the other drivers involved. You should take pictures and get the names and contact information of witnesses if possible. Do not get into a discussion with the other driver about who caused the crash and do not say anything that could be twisted into an admission of fault.
There should be an emergency number available, often on a windshield sticker or on the rental agreement. It is smart to call the car rental company as soon as possible to notify them of the collision. You should also hire an attorney to help you understand what insurance is available to you to cover any injuries and property damage.
One of the biggest issues after a rental car crash is, “Who is covered under what insurance?” There are several possibilities:
The last thing you want is to have to pay cash to the car rental company for repairs or find yourself on the hook for someone else’s losses if you were at fault. What you need is a car accident lawyer to help you sort things out.
At Jebaily Law Firm, our attorneys have the experience you need on your side. We are prepared to investigate the accident and examine all of the contracts and insurance policies involved. We know that insurance companies will sometimes insist there is overlapping coverage, which complicates the process considerably. We will deal with those issues as they come up.
Our attorneys are not intimidated by car rental companies or insurance companies. Our team will patiently work through the issues and work toward a fair settlement.
At Jebaily Law Firm, we know that being involved in a rental car accident can be stressful and you might fear that out-of-pocket costs will cause you serious financial strain. We are here to help you. Give us a call to schedule a free consultation now.
Jebaily Law Firm, is one of South Carolina’s long-established and well-respected legal practices. Located in Florence, S.C., we are trial lawyers focused on plaintiff litigation in personal injury, workers’ compensation, social security disability, and criminal defense. Established in 1969, we have more than 100 years of combined legal experience in protecting the rights of clients and advocating for the safety and well-being of South Carolina citizens.