Compensation Claims After a Rental Car Accident in NJ

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.

Compensation Claims After a Rental Car Accident in NJIf 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, Kamensky 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 Kamensky 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

  1. 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
  2. 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.
  3. Contact our Trenton NJ Rental Car Accident Lawyers for Immediate AssistanceDocument 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. Inform your car insurance company that an accident occurred. Do NOT admit fault or liability.
  7. 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.
  8. Do NOT discuss or write about your accident on any social media platform.
  9. 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 Trenton 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 Kamensky Cohen & Riechelson are here to help you pursue compensation for your losses.

Contact us online or at (609) 528-2596 to arrange an initial consultationwith 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.

How does the litigation process work?

Personal Injury Attorneys Litigating for clients in Princeton, Ewing, Hamilton, Pennington, East Brunswick and across Mercer  and Middlesex County, NJ

The term litigation refers to the process of a lawsuit.  In personal injury cases, people contemplating a lawsuit often ask how the litigation process works.  Litigation involves filing a complaint, obtaining and exchanging discovery, and eventually ends in a trial.

Gathering information about your potential suit

How does the litigation process work?

Initially, when you are injured, medical treatment is sought and you follow the doctor’s recommended plan of care.  At some point thereafter, you may begin to think about who was at fault in causing your injuries and, as a result, you seek the advice of an attorney.

The attorney you choose to have an initial consultation with should have experience in personal injury matters.  KCR has extensive experience in personal injury cases and will guide you through the appointment.  We ask questions and gather information.  For example, if you have been in a car accident, we request that you bring the police/accident report, medical records, and car insurance information and findings.  Additionally, we inquire about your lifestyle, work, disabilities, wages, and overall social-emotional health.

At the end of the appointment, you may be left with the decision to file suit against the responsible person to collect any damages sustained as a result of his or her negligence.

Filing a lawsuit

Filing a lawsuit is something that our office does on your behalf.  You, as the injured party seeking recovery, are known as the Plaintiff.  The plaintiff files the complaint against the person he believes is responsible (referred to as the Defendant).  The complaint sets forth the facts that lead to the injury and how the Defendant is alleged to be responsible for the injuries.  More importantly, the complaint requests damages for your losses.

Discovery Process and Interrogatories

The complaint is then served on the Defendant.  The attorney representing the Defendant files an answer to the complaint, denies the allegations and can file a cross-complaint as well.   After the complaints and answers are filed with the court, a discovery schedule is set forth.  The discovery period allows both parties to request and gather more information pertaining to the case.

MediationDiscovery is generally anything, whether written or oral, that pertains to the case.  For instance, attorneys will request answers to interrogatories and ask that supporting documentation be provided.  The interrogatories are a series of questions relating to insurance, the injuries, medical records, financial losses, treatment, and the accident.  Additionally, the attorneys will schedule depositions during which they can ask questions of any person they subpoena.  After all of the information is exchanged, and all motions are litigated, the parties may negotiate with or without mediation or, schedule a trial for a future date.

Mediation

Often, before a trial takes place, the parties agree to go to mediation or arbitration. A mediator is a neutral party that attempts to resolve the dispute between the Plaintiff and the Defendant.  Often, a settlement can be reached during mediation and the case does not go to trial.  Settling means that you agree to forego a trial and accept the payment offered by the Defendant and his insurance company.  While a large majority of cases settle, there are some cases that must be fully litigated and end in a trial.

Trial

If the case does not settle, a trial will be conducted in which jurors make the determination as to who is at fault and what damages may be due.  During the trial, your attorney will present witnesses, cross-examine defense witnesses, and attempt to prove that the defendant is responsible for your injuries.  Moreover, the attorney will put forth information and proof as to your actual damages and request for financial recovery.  If successful, the jury will award damages payable to you.  Of course, prior to a trial, you will choose the attorney that is right for you.

Retaining an Attorney

Contact a Personal Injury attorney at KCRMost personal injury attorneys are paid for by contingency.  This means that they recoup their fees based upon a percentage of your award.  For example, if your attorney provides a retainer agreement that says that his fee is 33%, he will deduct that amount from your overall award.  Essentially, with our firm, you have nothing to lose by scheduling a consultation as it costs nothing.  On the other hand, doing nothing and ignoring your injuries can cost you a lot. You can protect yourself by scheduling an appointment with us today.

Contact a Personal Injury attorney at KCR to help walk you through the intricacies of the litigation process

The Law Office of Kamensky, Cohen & Riechelson has proven experience handling all issues related to litigation processes.

You can fill out the online contact form to schedule a meeting at our offices in Trenton or East Brunswick, New Jersey or contact our Mercer or Middlesex County offices today at (215) 337-4915 to learn more about how our experienced Personal Injury team can assist you.