Whether you are on vacation or business, the options to rent a vehicle definitely makes your trip much easier than having to depend on tpublic transportation or other transportation modes for getting around the area you are visiting. However, whenever someone is in a motor vehicle, there is always the risk of being involved in an auto accident. If it happens to you, do you know what to do after a rental car crash?
Some of the steps you need to take if you are in a car crash with your rental vehicle are the same as if you were in a crash in your own vehicle. You will want to ensure that any passengers and the other driver are okay. If needed, call for medical assistance. You also want to contact the local law enforcement of the town or city you are in to report the accident. The accident police report may assist you in any accident claims you file. If you are physically able to, make sure to get the names of any witnesses and take photos of the accident scene.
Once the police have been notified, you will also need to contact the car rental company where you obtained the vehicle from. The contact phone number should be in the paperwork you were given when you picked up the vehicle. There may also be a sticker somewhere in the vehicle itself, such as on a visor or in the glove compartment. The rental company will explain what their procedure is.
Although most rental car companies offer rental insurance, many drivers choose to not take that option and instead rely on their own vehicle insurance policy to cover them. Contacting your own insurance company, even if the other driver was at fault, is also a necessary step.
Because rental car crashes can be complex due to the car insurance factor, it is also important to contact a Virginia car accident attorney to make sure you receive whatever damages you may be entitled to from the accident.
An experienced personal injury attorney with dual licensure in Virginia and North Carolina, Eric Washburn received a B.B.A. in Finance from James Madison University—initially worked in the information technology field before obtaining his law degree from Thomas M. Cooley Law School in Lansing, Michigan. Once an Assistant Commonwealth’s Attorney in Danville, Va., Eric has been recognized by Super Lawyers Magazine as a “Rising Star” Super Lawyer in Virginia since 2014.