Choosing a Car RentalYou should shop around to determine what kind of car you want to rent and what kind of funds you have available. If you are looking for something as economic as possible and do not have the most money to spend, you should opt for the lowest cost rentals available. This allows you freedom and flexibility without being locked into a long-term contract. Fair, Maven, and Hertz both offer 7-day minimum rental periods that you pay for on a weekly basis, while Getaround primarily charges by the hour. Fair, Maven, and Hertz allow you to auto-renew your contract if you do not return the vehicle to the rental station up to 3 times after the initial week, which means you can rent a vehicle for 28 days on an auto-renewing contract. Getaround does allow you to book weekly rentals, but only with a specific reservation. All of the rental companies offer insurance coverage, roadside assistance, and maintenance. Some may have better mechanics and be more punctual than others, though, and it generally varies from location to location.
Costs of Rideshare RentalsThe costs associated with each rideshare rental for your Uber car can be determined by adding up all of the total expenses. There is more to the cost than the simple rental fee itself; all of the rates below exclude taxes, fees, gas, and more. Starting rates can be found below:
- Fair has a $195 weekly rental fee with an initial $195 security deposit
- Hertz has a $214 weekly rental fee with an initial $200 security deposit
- Maven has numerous fees; $199 per week for compact cars, $219 per week for sedans, $209 per week for crossovers, and $325 per week for electric vehicles
- Getaround rates start at $4/hour, but do offer weekly rates with a 4-week rental minimum at $219 per week
Rental Car and Uber Insurance InformationAll of the rental companies provide insurance when you are not driving for Uber. They tend to cover damage to the car for up to $50,000 and provide third-party liability in the event of an accident. The rental companies generally have a $1,000 deductible for property damage. Once the app is on and you are waiting for a ride request, though, Uber’s insurance kicks in. You will then be covered by the company for $50,000 in liability. Upon accepting a ride and picking up a passenger, you will be covered for $1,000,000 in liability and $250,000 for uninsured/underinsured motorists. All passengers in the car as well as third-parties will be covered in this way, as well.
Common Accidents in Uber VehiclesRental car accidents ay happen because the driver is not careful with the vehicle and does not care if it is damaged. Because it is essentially a car used for a gig, it is not regarded with the same level of care. These drivers may also act with less inhibitions than those who own the vehicles. Therefore, accidents can happen because of speeding, running red lights and stop signs, drunk driving, failure to yield, and more. Many of the drivers are in rear-end crashes, t-bone accidents, head-on collisions, and other types of crashes. If the rental car is ruined, the company will employ the $1,000 deductible on you before paying for the losses.
Costs of an Uber AccidentIf you are in an accident with a rideshare rental car, you could suffer numerous injuries and damages. Your personal items may also get lostor broken in the accident. You could owe thousands in medical bills and have no way of paying for the expenses, and you could be left severely traumatized. These costs are much higher than the costs associated with the rental car itself. Your best bet may be to file a lawsuit against the company to cover the damages you suffered, especially if you were not at fault in the incident. Our lawyers can ensure that you receive the following in compensation from a lawsuit against Uber or any of the rental car companies:
- Medical bills form the past and future
- Future and past lost income
- Property damage
- Pain and suffering
Steps to take to file a lawsuit against UberIf you wish to sue Uber, sue Fair, sue Getaround, sue Maven, or sue Hertz for your injuries suffered in an accident, you should follow these steps to have a good foundation for your claim, to stay safe, and to ensure that you have adequate evidence to move forward.
- Go to the doctor
- Hold on to medical receipts and doctor’s notes
- Print copies of your receipt to the rental car company
- Hold on to the paperwork when you picked up the rental car
- Screenshot the Uber trip if you were driving
- Take photos of your physical injuries
- Take pictures of the scene of the accident and the damage done to the vehicles involved
- Acquire dashboard camera footage or surveillance footage if available
- Interview passengers and eyewitnesses to acquire their statements or testimonies on how the accident happened
- Request a copy of the police report if the cops showed up to investigate the accident
- File an incident report with both Uber and the rental company
- Contact an expert Uber accident lawyer to represent you