3 Things To Know About Rental Car Accidents
When you rent a car, you are often doing so to make your life easier, not increase your worries. But if a car accident occurs when you are in a rental, either because your car is being repaired or you rented a vehicle while traveling, vehicular collisions can lead to injuries, stress, and a lot of uncertainty about where to turn for financial relief.
After a rental car accident in Clearwater, Hudson, or Tampa, it is normal to be confused about how to secure damage recovery and what steps you need to take in order to shield yourself from more pressures. Below are three things to keep in mind when it comes to Florida rental car crashes.
Insurance Coverage May Be Different Than You Think
When you rent a car, it is common for the company to offer you insurance coverage options. However, the terms of coverage will vary depending on the rental company and where you are renting the vehicle. If you do opt for this company coverage, take time to read and understand the policy.
Some do not sign off on insurance options provided by a rental car company because they are covered in another way, either through their own car insurance policy or through the credit card they are using to rent the vehicle. Again, understand exactly what coverage you have before assuming all potential future damages will be covered in the event of a collision.
Liability Could Be Complicated
If you’re in a rental car accident, determining liability is not always a simple process. Finding evidence to prove who was the at-fault driver, or if road risks outside of every driver’s control prompted the wreck, may be difficult. In some cases, multiple parties are liable for damages, such as a combination of the driver of the rental car, the municipality responsible for road maintenance, and the rental car company.
It’s important to collect as much information as possible, including the other driver’s information, witness statements, and photos of the accident scene after a collision. Additionally, you should inform the rental company and your own personal auto insurance policy without delay.
Hiring an Attorney Is Beneficial
While minor collisions may not require an attorney, if you have any property damage or sustained injuries, turning to a professional for guidance is advised. It is normal to be overwhelmed by the details of a rental car accident, and if you were vacationing in Florida or in the state on business at the time of the crash, you will need a Florida personal injury lawyer who is familiar with state injury laws and can protect your interests.
Is it time to have your rental car crash questions answered? Knowing what to do can help you protect your rights and get the compensation you deserve. Speak to the skilled attorneys at Roman & Roman. Our team of personal injury lawyers has over 100 years of combined experience and we’ll help you navigate the aftermath of a rental car accident with confidence. Schedule your no-obligation, free consultation today.
Although the law firm of Roman & Roman has offices in Clearwater, Hudson and Tampa, we handle cases and claims throughout Florida. We also meet personally with our clients if at all possible, rather than impersonally over the phone or on the Internet.