Budget car accidents often occur because drivers in rental cars are not paying adequate enough attention. They may not be native to the area or may not have driven that type of vehicle before. It is possible that these drivers can get confused by different environments and roads or may be distracted by their phones and GPS apps. If you were involved in a crash with a Budget vehicle, you should make sure to alert the company to the incident and do all you can to secure your much-needed evidence to file a lawsuit. If you need assistance, our Budget car crash lawyers at the Downtown LA Law Group will be glad to help you.
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
Car crashes lead to dozens of thousands of deaths each year, and you should always be extremely careful when on the road. Even a small incident could lead to an untimely death; one simple impact is all it takes. If you were injured in an accident with a Budget rental car, you should call our firm for help. We will provide you with an experienced Budget rental car accident lawsuit attorney who can handle your case for you.
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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
Your case can also result in wrongful death damages if a loved one or family member died in the incident. This will allow you to recover expenses for funeral costs, loss of inheritance and savings, pre-death medical bills an pain and suffering, loss of consortium, and more.
You may also be able to receive punitive damages, which are additional payments in the event the defendant tried to harm you or was especially negligent. These damages are seldom handed out, though, due to being viewed as excessively harsh or severe. Only a skilled lawyer will be able to secure them for your case.
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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Free Second Opinion
Often, clients come to us with questions about the value of their claims because they already have representation and want to know if they are getting the best treatment from their attorneys. We will look over your case for you and tell you if we believe your current lawyer is doing the best possible job he can.
Unfortunately, in many situations, attorneys will take on dozens of cases at once and give them as little attention as they can. They will try to secure a small offer from the insurance company and pressure their clients to take the deals. This will allow the lawyer to collect his percentage with next to no negotiation, and will not adequately pay for any of the client’s bills and expenses.
We believe that no attorney should act in bad faith when representing his client. We will give you our free second opinion on the status of your case and tell if we think your attorney is doing a good and honest job. We will give you expert advice on the next steps if you wish to switch legal representation.
How We Help
The Downtown LA Law Group has years of experience handling car accident claims against Budget. We know the best tactics and strategies for success and we won’t stop pursuing your rightful compensation until we bring you a fair settlement. Our aggressive lawyers are some of the most highly rated attorneys in the area, and we always put our clients first. You will have access to expert medical attention at our recommendation and you can call us anytime you wish if you have questions or concerns.