If the driver of a rental car gets into an accident, determining the liability of parties and one’s eligibility for personal injury financial compensation is important.
If you have been in an auto accident with a rental car in New Jersey or Pennsylvania, you may be nervous about what comes next. Whether you rented a car while your own automobile is being repaired, for a business trip or a quick get-away, if you and your rental car were involved in an automotive accident, Cohen & Riechelson can help you. Our experienced accident attorneys are licensed to practice in both Pennsylvania and New Jersey and facilitate insurance claims between our clients and the companies whose vehicles they were driving when the auto accident occurred.
If you or someone close to you has suffered a rental car accident injury, contact us online or by telephone at (609) 528-2596 to arrange a consultation with an experienced rental car accident lawyer who will protect your legal rights, minimize your losses, help recover loss wages, and maximize the financial compensation for your damaged property and personal injury claims.
Rental car accidents in company vehicles: Who is responsible?
If the driver of a rental car gets into an accident, determining the liability of parties and one’s eligibility for personal injury financial compensation is important. Due to the complex nature of road and traffic accidents, one should consult an experienced attorney without delay.
When a car accident causes severe physical trauma, spinal or brain injuries, or wrongful death, the at-fault party’s insurance company typically seeks to limit or deny compensation to the accident victim. The insurance company may send a team of investigators to the accident scene to hunt for evidence that limits its liability.
At Cohen & Riechelson, our rental car accident attorneys are experienced in facilitating insurance claims between our clients across in Trenton office, Princeton, Lawrence, Hamilton, New Brunswick, and across Mercer County. Our use of early investigative teams and a thorough proactive strategy to accident investigations, often uncover evidence of negligence and counter the tactics of insurance companies. This direct approach is intentionally designed to ensure that our clients receive the full representation and financial compensation they are merited, so they can recover from the accident or serious injury and get back to work healthy and well.
9 Steps Which Can Increase Your Compensation Claim After a Rental Car Accident
- Stay at the scene – it is illegal to commit a hit-and-run and leave the scene of a car accident without first exchanging information with the other driver and contacting law enforcement
- Report the rental car accident to the police – NJ traffic laws require that motor vehicle accidents that resulted in injury or death or caused more than $500 in property damage by the “quickest means possible” to the nearest police department. If for some reason the police do not respond to take a report, it is your responsibility to file a written report with the police within ten days of the accident.
- Document the accident and gather evidence – while you wait for the police, take video or photos of the damage, accident scene, and your injuries, and collect witness names and contact info. Do NOT admit fault or discuss the accident with the other driver or anyone else at the accident scene.
- Get medical attention in a timely manner – seeing a doctor or getting medical treatment as soon as possible after an accident is an essential part of the personal injury claims process. With an official diagnosis, you have proof that your injuries existed on that date and strengthen the connection between your injuries and the accident.
- Notify the car rental company – rental car agencies generally provide information within the rental contract regarding your obligation for reporting car accidents involving the rental car. If the accident was caused by a defective vehicle or poor vehicle maintenance, the rental car company may bear most of the liability for the accident.
- Inform your car insurance company that an accident occurred. Do NOT admit fault or liability.
- Do NOT any sign Insurance Liability Release or Medical Authorization Forms or provide statements to your insurance company or the car rental company before speaking with an accident attorney.
- Do NOT discuss or write about your accident on any social media platform.
- Contact an experienced rental car accident attorney who can help determine who is liable for the cause of the rental car accident, investigate the crash, and analyze the rental car contract and various insurance policies to determine liability for your damages and injuries.
You may be feeling overwhelmed at the notion of dealing with insurance companies, forms, deadlines, and trying to get proper medical treatment. Our personal injury accident attorneys can sort through the bureaucracy to help you obtain the financial compensation you deserve.
Contact our Hamilton NJ Rental Car Accident Lawyers for Immediate Assistance
Hiring the right attorney can make all the difference in the world. If you or someone close to you was in a rental car accident and may have suffered a personal injury, the experienced attorneys at Cohen & Riechelson are here to help you pursue compensation for your losses.
Contact us online or at (609) 528-2596 to arrange an initial consultation with an experienced New Jersey and Pennsylvania injury attorney. One of our knowledgeable attorneys will be happy to answer your questions and advise you on the most effective legal options available in your case.