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What To Do After a Crash While Driving a Rental Car

Rental car accident

Getting in a car accident can be stressful, especially if your car is a rental car and not your own. Although handling an accident in a rental car involves similar as to what you would do if you had a collision in your own car, there are some differences. It is important to follow the proper protocol to avoid confusion and make sure you get the justice that you deserve.

Below are some important steps to follow if you were involved in a car crash while driving a rental car:

  1. Make sure everyone is okay. Before you do anything else, it is important to make sure that all parties involved in the crash are ok. If someone is seriously injured, immediately call 911. Additionally, if there is a danger of an explosion, you need to clear the area and wait for emergency personnel.
  2. Exchange contact information with all parties. As soon as you have determined that everyone is okay and there is no real threat of danger at the scene, you should exchange contact and insurance information with all parties involved in the accident. You should also get information for any witnesses to the accident. You should try to avoid mentioning that you are driving a rental car because some people may try to take advantage of the situation.
  3. Contact your rental company. An additional step that you will need to take that is different than a crash involving your own vehicle is to contact your rental car company. You will need to inform the rental company of the accident and ask them how to proceed with the accident. Rental companies generally put a sticker in the glove box with an emergency number for renters to contact in case of an accident. 
  4. Contact your own insurance company. You will also need to contact your own insurance company. Ask the insurance what the procedures are with regard to collisions involving a rental car under the terms of your own insurance policy.

In the event that you did not purchase extra insurance or a collision waiver when you rented the car, your own insurance carrier will cover the costs only if your active policy provides first-party coverage. The payments will still be subject to the terms of your policy.

Crashes involving a rental car can get complicated. As such, it is best to immediately consult with an experienced Los Angeles car accident attorney to help you get the full compensation that you deserve.

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If you or a loved one has been injured in a car accident caused by a negligent party, you may be entitled to compensation. As a family member of a loved one who died in an accident, you may also be entitled to compensation. To ensure you get the full money damages you deserve, you need to consult with and hire a Los Angeles accident attorney.

For more information or to schedule a complimentary consultation with an Los Angeles auto accident lawyer, please call the Law Offices of Samer Habbas & Associates at 949-727-9300.