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Injured in a rental vehicle or by someone else who was in a rental vehicle?

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If you, or someone you know, has been injured in an accident involving a rental vehicle in the Massachusetts, New Jersey, or New York areas, you may be entitled to financial compensation. Accidents that involve rental vehicles require the consideration of factors that typically wouldn’t come into play when two personally owned vehicles are part of an accident, and it is important that you hire an attorney that can handle these cases.

While rental vehicle crashes have been occurring since the first motor vehicles were rented, there are more laws, insurance and other considerations to take into account than ever before. A car accident caused by a rental vehicle is generally not as straightforward as other types of accidents and they can potentially life-threatening injuries.

If you would like to discuss your legal matter, please contact Neil R. Marion Injury Law at 862-377-9079.

Special considerations in rental vehicle accidents

Accidents involving rental vehicles can present unique challenges and considerations compared to accidents involving personally owned vehicles. Here is some, but not all, important information to know about accidents involving rental vehicles:

  1. Insurance Coverage: Rental car companies typically offer insurance options to customers, including collision damage waivers (CDW) and liability coverage. It’s essential to understand the coverage that was purchased prior to your accident. In addition, a driver’s personal automobile insurance policy might also provide coverage to injured claimants, so it will be necessary to check with that insurance carrier as well. 

  2. Liability Responsibility: Whoever is at fault in an accident involving a rental car can be held liable for damages, injuries, and other losses. This can include covering repair costs and medical expenses for the party not at fault.

  3. Rental Company Policies: Rental car companies often have specific policies in place for reporting accidents. This may include contacting the rental company’s customer service or the local rental office immediately after the accident.

  4. Police and Accident Reports: It’s important to involve law enforcement and obtain a police report at the scene of the accident. This report can be crucial for insurance claims and legal proceedings.

  5. Document the Scene: Just like in any accident, it’s crucial to document the scene. Take photos of the accident, including the vehicles involved, license plates, and any visible damage.

  6. Exchange Information: Exchange contact and insurance information with the other parties involved in the accident, even if it’s a minor collision. This information will be necessary for insurance claims and any legal actions that might follow.

  7. Notify Your Insurance: If you’re involved in an accident with a rental vehicle, notify your own insurance company as well as the rental car company. They will provide guidance on how to proceed with the claims process.

  8. Seek Medical Attention: If you or anyone else is injured in the accident, seek medical attention promptly. Document your injuries and keep records of any medical treatment received. You should also document how these injuries are affecting your activities of daily living.

  9. Rental Agreement Review: Carefully review the terms and conditions of the rental agreement. Some agreements may outline specific procedures to follow in the event of an accident.

  10. Legal Considerations: If you were not at fault in the accident, you might have grounds to file a personal injury lawsuit against the responsible party to recover damages for medical expenses, lost wages, pain and suffering, and more.

Accidents involving rental vehicles can become complex due to varying insurance policies and legal jurisdictions. If you’re unsure about your rights and responsibilities, consider seeking legal advice to ensure you’re taking the appropriate steps after an accident involving a rental vehicle.

Rental car accident injuries: understanding their impact

Car accidents can result in a wide range of injuries, varying in severity from minor to life-threatening. Understanding the types of injuries that can occur in car accidents can help you recognize their potential consequences and take appropriate actions. Here are some common car accident injuries:

  1. Whiplash: Whiplash is one of the most common injuries in car accidents. It occurs when the head and neck are forcefully jerked back and forth, straining the muscles and ligaments. Symptoms may include neck pain, stiffness, headaches, and dizziness.

  2. Fractures and Broken Bones: The force of impact can lead to fractures or broken bones, particularly in the arms, legs, ribs, and collarbones. Severe fractures may require surgery and extensive recovery periods.

  3. Head Injuries: Head injuries can range from concussions (mild traumatic brain injuries) to more severe traumatic brain injuries (TBI). Symptoms can include confusion, memory loss, headaches, and even cognitive impairments.

  4. Spinal Cord Injuries: Car accidents can cause damage to the spinal cord, potentially leading to partial or complete paralysis. Spinal cord injuries require immediate medical attention and often involve long-term rehabilitation.

  5. Soft Tissue Injuries: These injuries involve damage to muscles, tendons, and ligaments. They can cause pain, swelling, and limited mobility. Soft tissue injuries may not be immediately apparent and can worsen over time.

  6. Cuts and Lacerations: Broken glass and debris from the accident can cause cuts and lacerations. While some cuts may be minor, others can be deep and require stitches or other medical interventions.

  7. Internal Injuries: The force of impact can cause damage to internal organs, leading to internal bleeding, organ damage, and other serious health issues. Internal injuries may not be visible and require immediate medical evaluation.

  8. Psychological Trauma: Car accidents can lead to psychological injuries, such as post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), anxiety, and depression. These emotional and mental health effects are equally important to address.

  9. Burns: Car accidents can result in fires or explosions, leading to burns. Burns can range from minor to severe and may require specialized medical treatment.

  10. Amputations: In severe accidents, amputations can occur due to the impact or entrapment. Recovering from an amputation involves both physical and emotional challenges.

It’s important to seek immediate medical attention after a car accident, even if you don’t feel injured. Some injuries might not show symptoms right away and could worsen if left untreated. Additionally, documenting your injuries and seeking legal advice, especially if the accident was caused by another party’s negligence, is essential for potential compensation for medical bills, lost wages, and pain and suffering.

Remember that every car accident is unique, and the injuries sustained can vary widely. Proper safety measures and responsible driving can significantly reduce the risk of accidents and the resulting injuries.

Considerations When Hiring a Rental Vehicle Accident Lawyer

Being involved in an accident with a rental vehicle can be complex, and seeking the expertise of a rental vehicle accident lawyer can help navigate the legal complexities and ensure your rights are protected. Here are some important considerations when hiring a lawyer for a rental vehicle accident:

  • Specialization: Opt for a lawyer specializing in personal injury and car accidents, especially those involving rental vehicles, to navigate nuances and unique legal challenges.
  • Rental Car Laws: Choose a lawyer well-versed in rental car laws to navigate insurance, liability, and rental company policies.
  • Investigation: Seek a lawyer skilled in conducting thorough accident investigations, gathering evidence like reports, witnesses, footage, and expert opinions for a strong case.
  • Insurance Negotiation: Prioritize experienced lawyers who can negotiate with insurers, understanding adjusters’ tactics to secure fair compensation for injuries, medical costs, lost wages, and damages.
  • Personalized Strategy: Select a lawyer offering tailored approaches, understanding your unique circumstances and crafting strategies accordingly.

Dealing with a rental vehicle accident involves legal intricacies that require professional guidance. By selecting a skilled rental vehicle accident lawyer, you can increase your chances of receiving the compensation you deserve while navigating the complexities of the legal process. Submit the form below now for your free consultation.


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