What Are Common Injuries In Rental Car Crashes?A car accident can lead to severe bodily damages that may be permanent. A crash may also aggravate previously existing injuries and worsen them. We have seen numerous types of injuries on individuals who were involved in Budget car accidents, such as:
- Torn muscles
- Nerve damage
- Neck and spinal cord injuries
- Traumatic brain injuries
- Closed head injuries
- Internal organ damage
- Broken bones
- Crushing injuries
- Facial damages
- ACL, MCL, and LCL injuries
- Severed limbs and digits
- Herniated or slipped discs
- Mental traumas
- Paraplegia and quadriplegia
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How Can I Sue Budget For A Rental Car Accident?Budget may not be responsible a rental car accident if the driver simply acted negligently or dove carelessly or recklessly. The company can only be held accountable if they contributed to the accident in some way. This does not necessarily mean that they were directly involved in the accident. Budget provides some insurance to its customers, but this is mostly to cover damages for the drivers. The most common policy offered is a collision waiver that allows the driver to not pay for any damage to the vehicle. Other options include protection for injuries, accidents, loss of property, hit and run incidents, and more. According to the law, individuals who want to rent vehicles must be older than 21 years old, have their own personal auto insurance coverage, and have a valid driver’s license. There are times, though, when agents feel the need to not ask for proof of these documents and will allow anyone to rent a vehicle. This will place liability on Budget – the individual should not have been on the road, and Budget allowed him to drive, thus leaving them with accountability for any accidents and injuries. Moreover, rental agents at Budget need to make sure that their vehicles are safe and do not pose any danger to drivers and riders. They must inspect the vehicles any time they return from trips. Unfortunately, many agents simply let the vehicles get driven again without checking to see if there were any damages to the internal parts of the vehicle. There have been various reports of tires blowing out, brakes suddenly failing, engines going haywire, and more from customers at Budget. It is the responsibility of the company to ensure that the cars are safe for usage, and if an accident happens during a rental period because of a defect with the vehicle, Budget will be held liable.
What Should I Do After A Car Accident With A Rental Vehicle?These steps will ensure that you have the highest chance of success with your claim. It can be confusing to be involved in an accident, and you may not have any knowledge of what to do. Here is a short list of steps to take:
- Get medical attention at once
- Take photos of your injuries
- Take pictures of the scene of the accident
- Record videos and photos of your car and the rental vehicle
- Interview eyewitnesses and passengers for statements and testimonies
- Alert Budget to the incident
- Request a copy of the police report
- Contact a skilled lawyer with experience handling Budget car crash lawsuits
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What Can I Receive In A Budget Car Crash Lawsuit?An accident with a Budget rental car can result in various forms of compensation for your damages. You should not be expected to cover these expenses if you were not responsible for the crash. The insurance company of the driver or Budget should pay for these debts. We will see to it that you are covered for the following:
- Medical expenses from the past and future for previous surgery and hospitalization, as well as additional treatments and physical therapy sessions
- Property damage if your personal property or vehicle was damaged in the incident
- Lost income if you were absent from work from both the past and future
- Pain and suffering damages, such as to cover anxiety, PTSD, fear, mental stress, emotional anguish, and more
What Is The Average Settlement Value Of A Budget Car Accident Claim?The average settlement value of a Budget car accident claim varies from incident to incident. There are some cases that were settled for millions of dollars that artificially boost the average and mess with the numbers. In reality, many car accident cases involving Budget cars are settled for fewer than $50,000. The value of your case will be determined by the insurance agent handling the claim. He will look to numerous factors when weighing the settlement offer. First and foremost, he will consider your injuries – the severity of them, how much of an impact they had on your daily life and career, and more. He will also look at your job itself, your age, and your liability in the accident. If you were partially responsible for the incident, you may be given a lower offer. Some cases with very similar circumstances could result in very different amounts, even if the victims were hurt the same way. There are many factors that go into these decisions. The best way to guarantee that you are given your fair settlement is to hire a skilled Budget car accident lawyer. We will negotiate the best possible deal for you and won’t stop until we are satisfied with the result.
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