Rental Car Accidents
Rental car accidents can be real nightmares, yet you can attempt to be prepared for the worst. Not only are there include practical tips to follow, there are also a number of legal ramifications to consider. Getting into an accident in your own vehicle creates enough legal issues; however, while handling the other party, insurance company, and rental agency, you might be ready to pull your hair out trying to figure out where you should begin. Don't panic! Here are five legal steps to follow in rental car accidents:
- Remain at the scene If you were involved in an accident with another vehicle, don't flee the scene. Even if no one was injured, you might still be charged with a hit-and-run, a criminal violation, which will compound your already poor rental car experience. If anybody appears injured, contact 911, irrespective of whether they were traveling in your vehicle or not.
- Exchange Information Now that you are in one spot, if it is safe, you must exchange information with the additional driver(s). Information should include license plate numbers, driver's license information, insurance information, phone numbers, names, and addresses. It doesn't mean apologizing for the collision or telling others you were at fault. Even if you bought rental car insurance, offer other motorists your own auto insurance policy details.
- Contact the Rental Car Provider Once you have called the police and exchanged information with the other parties involved in the car accident, inform your rental car company. Check inside the glove box or the rental paperwork for an emergency number. They might begin to discuss insurance, but there is no need to be concerned about it at the time of the accident.
- Gather Insurance Details Collect information from the rental agreement, personal car insurance, as well as any additional information surrounding rental car damages. Oftentimes, rental companies provide rental car insurance prior to you starting to drive, therefore if you bought it, check the policy documents. Even if you did not, your credit card might give you basic rental auto insurance, that is, if you paid for the rental car using that card.
- Call Your Lawyer Be certain that you will not be taken advantage of by contacting an experienced car accident lawyer. An attorney will take the time to sort through the legal jargon of the rental companies and insurance policies and make sure you do not need to pay any more than needed. Read Also :-
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If you have recently been involved in a rental car accident, contact a personal injury attorney at Lucas Law, PLLC, in Laconia, New Hampshire, at (603) 581-7102 or fill out our easy inquiry form online regarding all car accidents. One of our car accident attorneys from Laconia, Rochester, Concord and throughout the state of New Hampshire will meet with you in a timely manner to discuss your case. A member of our legal team will discuss the specifics of your case, analyze your situation, and consider possible actions you may take, offering you various options. If you decide to pursue a personal injury lawsuit in relationship to your car accident, your attorney will dedicate him or herself and work tirelessly to ensure that you receive a proper, fair, and just settlement. Find us on Facebook.