Rental Car Accident Tips
Getting into an accident is scary, especially when it happens in a car that isn’t your own. Here are some helpful tips to keep in mind if you get into an accident while driving a rental car.
1. Check for injuries
Like any accident, make sure you and the other driver aren’t injured. The most important thing is that everyone is safe. At the same time, ensuring the other person is ok — and obtaining a written record that he or she is unharmed — helps protect you against potential lawsuits.
2. Know who you’re dealing with
If your accident didn’t involve another driver, you’ll be dealing with your own insurer and the rental car company. If another car is involved, you’ll also have to deal with the other driver’s insurance company. If you paid for the rental car with a credit card, the credit card company may offer financial protection. The latter is something you should always figure out prior to renting a car.
“Take pictures, videos and notes at the time of the incident when details are fresh in your mind.”
3. Record the incident
Take pictures, videos and notes of the accident. If you can, gather eye witnesses who can vouch for you. These pieces of information (and witnesses) will come in handy when talking to police and rental and insurance companies. They’ll also help if you need to talk to a personal injury attorney.
Remember it’s best to take pictures, videos and notes at the time of the incident when the details are fresh in your mind.
4. Don’t be afraid to seek justice
If you were wrongfully injured in the accident, don’t hesitate to call a personal injury attorney such as those at The Advocates. These professionals will represent you and see your case through to the end.