Being involved in a car accident is stressful enough. It can be even more stressful and complicated if the person who caused the accident is from out of state and is driving a rented vehicle. In most cases, the persons own vehicle insurance should cover any accidents that the person is involved in while driving a rental car, but there are still many complications to rental car accident cases. If you or a loved one was hurt in an accident caused by the driver of a rental car, you should contact a Philadelphia rental car attorney right away to help you with your case.
Many different problems could complicate an accident victims claim against a rental car driver. First, the driver may have claimed to have insurance when they rented the car, but their policy may have lapsed or they may have not been covered by insurance at all. This means that a victim cannot rely on the other drivers insurance to compensate them for their medical bills, property damage, and any other expenses or damages related to the accident. An experienced lawyer can help determine ways to get you the compensation you deserve, even if the driver does not have valid insurance.
Second, the driver of the rental car may be from out of state or from another country. These cases present several issues for accident victims. The driver may leave the state or country long before your case is resolved, making it hard to track them down. Additionally, if the driver is from a foreign country, they may have insurance under the laws of their country which could be very different from insurance policies in the United States. Trying to understand the complexities of a foreign countrys insurance laws is not something you should have to deal with while you are recovering from a car accident, but your attorney can provide assistance handling these complexities.
Another concern for victims injured in rental car accidents is that under a federal law called the Graves Amendment, rental car companies are shielded from liability in the event that one of their rental cars is involved in an accident. This means that if the driver of the rental car has no insurance, or is insolvent and has no money to pay compensation, an accident victim cannot sue the rental car company to try to recover financially for their medical bills and other expenses.
Because of these numerous complications, a victim of one of these kinds of crashes should contact a Philadelphia rental car accident lawyer right away. Our offices will put you in touch with an experienced attorney who knows the ins and outs of a rental car claim and can help you navigate the complications of these cases. We will work exclusively on your behalf, and not for the insurance companies, to make sure you are fully compensated for your injuries and other expenses.
Rental car accidents are no different from typical vehicle accidents and pose the same dangers and possibilities for injury. A victim of a rental car accident can suffer injuries like bruising, cuts, and broken bones, or even more severe injuries like head, neck, or spinal injuries. You will need to seek immediate medical attention to ensure that you are treated promptly, but unfortunately, every hospital or doctors office visit results in medical bills you will be expected to pay. No matter what circumstances caused the accident, you are likely facing hundreds or even thousands of dollars in medical bills, property repair or replacement, and lost wages because of your accident. Your attorney will be there to help gather evidence, keep track of bills and other records, and ensure that the responsible party provides you with compensation for your injuries and other damages.
Even if the driver of the rental car has insurance, you need to be very careful when talking to any insurance companies about your accident, even your own. Unfortunately, insurance companies are often out to make a profit and will usually try to offer you less compensation than you deserve. Before speaking with anyone from any insurance company, get in touch with our offices so that an experienced attorney provide you with a free initial consultation about your case and can work with the insurance companies on your behalf. We are experienced in handling negotiations with insurance companies, even out of state insurance companies, and we can ensure that your rights are protected and that the insurance company gives you the compensation you deserve.