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Got Hit by a Rental Car Driver? Here’s What You Need to Know


You would expect that rental car drivers navigate the roads a little more carefully, considering that they’re driving a vehicle that they don’t own. Sometimes though, accidents happen.

If you were caught in an accident with a rental car driver who is at fault or partially at fault for the crash, you may be entitled to compensation for your injuries. The expert team of car accident attorneys at West Coast Trial Lawyers are here to help you each step of the way to get the compensation that you deserve for your losses. 

What to Do After a Car Crash with a Rental Car Driver 


After any accident, there are a couple of crucial steps to take in order to build your case and file a successful injury claim that will be the basis of recovery for the financial losses you experienced as a result of the accident. 

An accident with a rental car driver is just the same as any other kind of car accident, with the additional step of contacting the car rental company to confirm insurance information if needed. 

Here’s what you should do after an accident with a car rental driver: 

  • Call 911 for emergency services and request medical services. This step is crucial to building your personal injury claim after an accident. An official police report and record of medical attention at the site of the accident can strongly bolster the evidence of your claim. 
  • Exchange contact information with the other driver and ask for the name of the car rental agency. This is vital information that will be used to file the personal injury claim. Obtaining the name of the car rental agency is important in the case that the driver purchased additional coverage from the car rental agency as well. 
  • Gather witness testimony. This is important to bolster the strength of your case and provide more information that can establish who was at fault, and to what degree, for causing the accident. 
  • Contact an attorney to assist you in building your car accident claim. You don’t want to file an insurance claim without the assistance of an attorney. The insurance companies can deny your claim, or if they approve it, provide the minimum amount of compensation that they can get away with. A car accident attorney can ensure that you file a strong and successful claim to recover the maximum amount of compensation that you deserve for your losses. 

Car Rental Insurance Coverage 


The coverage for a rental car crash depends on the extent of coverage that the car rental driver has at the time of the accident. Here are some possible scenarios of a car rental driver and the implications of what they car insurance coverage means: 

  • A person who rents a car might have their own personal car insurance if they are a car owner or frequent car renter. In this case, the driver’s personal car insurance (depending on the extent of their coverage) might cover the costs of the property damage and injuries sustained to you in the car accident. 
  • A person who rents a car might have their own personal car insurance and have purchased additional car accident coverage from the car rental agency. In this case, they might have full or overlapping coverage to cover the costs of property damage and injuries sustained in the accident. 
  • A person who rents a car might not have their own personal car insurance, though they may have purchased the additional coverage from the car rental agency. Depending on the amount and types of insurance coverage that they purchased, they may or may not have as extensive coverage to cover the costs of the property damage and injuries sustained in the accident. 
  • A person who rents a car might not have their own personal car insurance or have purchased the additional coverage from the car rental agency. In this case, they do not have insurance to cover the costs of the property damage and injuries sustained from the accident. In this case, the way to hold the party at fault accountable for the accident and recover compensation for your injuries would be to file a lawsuit directly against the party at fault. 

Can You Sue the Car Rental Company?


Typically, when filing a rental car accident claim, only insurance companies and/or the individuals at fault can be held accountable for the damages caused by a car accident. However, in some situations, if the rental car company might have played a role in causing the accident, they can be held liable as well. 

A rental car company can only be held liable for a car accident if their negligence contributed to or caused the accident. Some common examples might be if they didn’t maintain the cars being rented and/or rented them out with dysfunctional features, such as faulty breaks or broken tail lights. 

If a feature of the vehicle itself was not at hand for causing the car accident, the car rental agency cannot be held liable for the accident, only the driver of the rented vehicle. However, if the insurance company that the car rental company partners with to offer optional additional coverage to their customers denies the claim or refuses to over the compensation deserved by the injured party, they can be held accountable through a lawsuit. 

West Coast Trial Lawyers is Here to Help 


If you were injured in an accident where you were hit by a rental car driver, you may be entitled to compensation for your injuries. The expert team of car accident attorneys from West Coast Trial Lawyers are here to support you each step of the way. 

We offer free consultations, will help you file a successful accident claim, negotiate for the compensation that you deserve, and file a lawsuit if necessary. We work on a contingency-fee basis, meaning that you won’t owe us a penny until we settle or win your case. Contact us today by calling (213) 927 - 3700 or by emailing [email protected].  

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