January 13, 2021 |
, The Barnes Firm
Car accidents happen every day. Following a car accident, one of the most common questions The Barnes Firm car accident lawyers hear is, “how do I get a rental car after an accident?”
Obtaining a rental car after an accident is often dependent on who is responsible for the accident. If you were deemed at fault in the accident, you may be responsible for getting your own rental car. On the other hand, if you were not at fault, you should talk to your insurance claims adjustor to arrange a rental car for you.
After a car accident, you should always consult with an expert Los Angeles car accident attorney before you contact the insurance company, especially if you have been injured. Only a trusted attorney can ensure your rights are protected. Here, The Barnes Firm’s expert personal injury attorneys discuss how to get a rental car following your accident.
Are You Entitled to a Rental Car After Your Accident?
After a car accident, you are often faced with medical expenses, missed work and wages, and a damaged vehicle. Being without your vehicle adds an extra measure of inconvenience. Without a car you previously relied on, how can you get to your medical appointments, go to work, or take care of your family?
After a car accident in which your car is damaged, you need a rental car. Depending on the circumstances surrounding your accident, you may be able to rent a car while your vehicle undergoes repairs. If you were at fault, your insurance may provide rental reimbursement while your car is repaired. If you weren’t at fault, the at fault driver’s insurance should cover the cost of a rental for you.
Generally, you can receive rental reimbursement in one of two ways. Either you can get a rental car from provider approved by the carrier and who will bill the carrier, or you can choose your own rental car provider, pay the provider, and seek reimbursement from the carrier for the cost.
Please note, in either scenario, you must choose a car which aligns with the insurance carrier’s policy limits. In other words, you won’t likely be able to rent a high-end performance vehicle and get reimbursed. Always verify what is considered reasonable reimbursement before you rent a car.
Do You Need an Attorney?
The simple answer is yes. Having an expert car accident attorney on your side offers a number of benefits. In most cases, an attorney will help establish liability and as a result speed up the process.
Often having an attorney means the insurance companies involved will prioritize the case. A well-qualified attorney can verify coverage, guide you through insurance carrier’s “fine print,” and ensure that all communication is documented in writing to maintain good faith negotiations in regard to your rental and car repair.
Call on The Barnes Firm for Guidance After Your Accident
The Barnes Firm’s expert personal injury attorneys are always prepared to help you after your accident. If you or a loved one has been injured in an accident, and needs a rental car, let the California law firm’s accident lawyers review your case and guide you through the complex details regarding your injuries, damages, insurance, and legal options to ensure you get the compensation you deserve.
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