As if car accidents weren’t complicated enough when driving your own vehicle, they can get especially complex if you’re driving a rental car. However, the good news is that if you’re injured while driving a rental car, you may still be able to recover compensation for your losses.
For the best possible chances of filing a successful claim, follow these tips to protect your rights.
Call the Police
Getting a police report after a collision is crucial. So as soon as you are out of immediate danger, make sure you call 911 and ask for law enforcement presence at the scene.
When police arrive, they’ll survey the scene and gather pertinent information. They’ll also talk to the involved parties and witnesses for additional details. In the days following your accident, the police will take the information they obtained and create an accident report that can be helpful for your collision claim.
Exchange Information and Gather Evidence
Next, you should exchange information with the other driver, including their name, contact details, and insurance information. If there were witnesses to the crash, get their information as well.
Once you’ve collected this information, take photos and videos of the scene. Any and all evidence can help strengthen your future claim, after all. Your car accident attorney will be able to use the information you gather, the police report, and medical records to construct a narrative that helps you secure the compensation you need.
Get Prompt Medical Attention
If your accident results in any injuries, don’t wait to get medical attention. So when you call 911, also request emergency medical services.
Although EMS can treat some injuries at the scene, further medical attention may be necessary. Whether they take you to the hospital or you later visit urgent care or another doctor, it’s important to see a medical professional for a thorough physical exam.
Keep in mind that some accident injuries are not obvious right away. This means that even if an injury doesn’t seem serious, you should get it checked out before it worsens. Also, the sooner you get your exam, the quicker you’ll understand the extent of your injuries and begin your road to recovery.
Contact the Rental Car Company
Rental car companies expect to be notified of any collisions involving their vehicles as soon as possible. So as soon as you’ve received medical attention and have been discharged from care, contact the rental car company.
Their representative can obtain information regarding your accident, file a report, and tell you what you should do with the vehicle. If the car is drivable, you may need to take it to one of the company’s locations. If the vehicle is too damaged to drive, the company can arrange to have the vehicle towed.
Speak to Your Auto Insurer
When you rent a car, you’re given the option to purchase insurance through the rental car company. This is completely optional since you can use your own insurance instead.
So if you’re involved in a rental car accident, you’ll either need to contact the company-provided insurer or your own personal insurer to report the accident and open a claim.
Discuss Your Situation With an Experienced Car Accident Attorney
Rental car accidents can be complicated, especially when you suffer injuries. Fortunately, a car accident lawyer can provide much-needed support throughout the claim process.
The personal injury attorneys at Kohan Law Group have extensive experience helping clients injured in rental car accidents. We serve clients throughout Nassau County, Long Island. Contact us today to request a consultation.
The information provided in this blog post is for educational purposes only and is not intended to constitute legal advice. It is essential to consult with a qualified attorney regarding your specific situation and circumstances.