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Rental Car Accidents
Washington DC, Virginia, & Maryland Lawyers
Negotiating with insurance companies is confusing enough when you have been injured in a car accident involving your own vehicle. When the accident involves a rental car, the process can become even more complex. Most drivers are unsure what their liability is to a rental car company after an accident, much less how to protect their own rights and interests.
One of the first things to remember after any type of accident is that you should avoid making statements to your potential adversary. In the case of a rental car accident, you should refrain from speaking to the rental company and the other driver’s insurance company without first consulting an experienced attorney.
Analyzing Your Insurance Coverage
Several different insurance parties can potentially be involved in a rental car accident. Individuals who are injured in rental car accidents may be covered by several insurance policies. Besides the coverage you might have purchased from the rental car company itself, you may also be covered under:
- Your own car insurance policy
- The other driver’s insurance policy
- The rental company’s overall liability policy
- Insurance provided through your credit card (if it was used to make the rental purchase)
The experienced car accident attorneys at Chaikin, Sherman, Cammarata & Siegel, P.C. can clarify the exact position you are in with the various insurance companies and help you recover the value of your claim.
Other Sources of Liability in a Rental Car Accident
One of the risks you take when renting a car is being unaware of its maintenance history. Faulty repairs and inadequate inspections can compromise the safety of a vehicle, undermining the fault of anyone involved in an accident. The car rental company can be held accountable if an investigation uncovers negligent maintenance.
Defective auto parts can also significantly contribute to the extent of a person’s injuries, including:
- Seat belts
If our attorneys discover that the rental vehicle was unsafe in any way, we will pursue compensation from the parties responsible for the defects or negligent maintenance.
Why Choose CSCS?
After any type of car accident occurs, the insurance companies and other parties involved will act quickly to gather statements and evidence that can assign fault or minimize your payout. If you are seriously injured and must spend any amount of time in the hospital, your ability to protect your rights may be compromised.
Our attorneys have decades of experience negotiating with insurance companies and investigating every type of car accident claim. While you focus on recovering from your injuries, we will handle your case from start to finish. Having our attorneys on your side is the best way to ensure you obtain the compensation you deserve.
If you have been injured in a rental car accident in Maryland, Virginia, or Washington DC, please contact the experienced car accident lawyers at Chaikin, Sherman, Cammarata & Siegel, P.C. today to schedule a consultation.