People often use rental cars to get around when they visit new cities or when they do not have access to their own vehicles because of repairs or damages. These individuals may go to companies like Advantage to temporarily rent vehicles. Advantage will offer certain insurance policies, such as a collision damage waiver, to protect the vehicles, and other policies for more money to offer liability coverage. In the event of an accident with an Advantage rental car, it can be difficult to know who to sue and for what. Fortunately, our Advantage rental car accident lawyers at the Downtown LA Law Group are available to help. We have been handling rental car accident lawsuits for years and we know the best methods to winning your case.
How To Sue Advantage
In most cases, you cannot sue Advantage for an accident involving one of their rental cars. In the majority of cases, the responsible driver will be the target of the lawsuit. He ay have been speeding, driving while drunk, tailgating, running red lights and stop signs, or behaving in another similarly reckless manner. However, the company can be held responsible in two ways.
For one, every individual that rents a vehicle must be over the age of 21 and have a valid driver’s license and auto insurance policy. A representative may choose to ignore that someone has no license to get a sale, or he may not double check to see that someone’s policy is up to date. If such an individual is allowed to rent a vehicle, Advantage will be held responsible for any accidents and injuries.
Additionally, rented vehicles must be examined by the agents in between rental periods. To maximize time, many agents do not inspect the cars and let people rent them without checking if there are any problems. As a result, there may be defects and troubles with the vehicles. There have been accidents involving problems with brake lines, engines, lights, and more. if the agent does not inspect the vehicle for any defects,
Advantage can be targeted in a lawsuit if there is an accident. To get help from an Advantage rental car traffic accident attorney, reach out to our firm.
What To Do After An Accident With An Advantage Rental Car
It is important that you follow these steps after getting into an accident with an Advantage rental car. For one, you will be kept safe, but you will also have ample evidence for your claim and you will be adequately prepared for when you take legal action.
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Firstly, get medical attention from the paramedics or go to the emergency room if you were severely hurt. You should get treated at once so that you can make sure you are not in danger of permanent damage. Further, if you wait too long between the accident and the treatment, the insurance agent can claim that you were hurt elsewhere. Some injuries are masked by adrenaline or do not show up immediately, so you should see a team of healthcare professionals to check your potential damages.
You should also document this trip and take down any medical notes, doctor’s requests, treatment summaries, and more. You should keep the receipt from the hospital, as well.
Make sure to take as many photographs as you can. These photographs and videos should be of your injuries, the scene of the accident, the damage to the vehicles, statements, and more. The more hard proof you have, the more sufficient your claim will be, and the insurance agent will have a tough time denying it.
If there were any eyewitnesses or bystanders who saw the accident, you can request statements from the. There may also be passengers you can talk to who can provide you with written testimonies.
The police may have gotten involved to conduct an investigation, especially if you were severely hurt. The police report can be requested from the station after it has been finalized.
You should alert Advantage and tell them that you were involved in an incident with one of their rental vehicles. They will be able to handle anything on their end, such as insurance, or replacing the vehicle.
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Lastly, you should hire an attorney who knows how to file lawsuit against Advantage. You may not have any legal experience at all, and filing a claim against a company or an individual after an accident with a rental car can confuse you. It is best to leave the lawsuit up to a firm with ample experience, and our lawyers are here to help.
Statute Of Limitations For Car Accident Claims
If you were involved in a car accident, you only have 2 years following the date of the injury to take legal action against the responsible party, whether it is Advantage or a singular driver. This statute is in place to ensure that claims are handled quickly and efficiently. The sooner you file a claim, the better preserved the evidence will be. Your witnesses will not have foggy memories and the damages won’t have been paid off. All injuries will be relatively fresh, as well.
In the event that you miss the two-year deadline, you will not be able to pursue compensation in the future and you will not get any restitution for your injuries.
It should be known that there are ways for you to extend the statute of limitations. If you were underage at the time of the incident, your statute would begin when you turn 18 years old. If you were injured in such a way that you were left incapacitated, such as in a coma or severely emotionally distressed, you would not have to adhere to a deadline until you return to functioning health. Further, the defendant must be present in the state, and if he leaves, the time limit would start counting down from the date he returns.
It can be difficult to understand the exact amount of time you have to file a claim, and you may not even know that there are exceptions that can be applied to your case. To ensure that you do not miss any important deadlines, speak with an Advantage rental car traffic accident lawyer today.
Restitution From A Lawsuit Against Advantage
Our team of expert lawyers with experience in rental car traffic accidents can help you receive the necessary coverage for your accident. As a victim of an incident with an Advantage rental vehicle, you should not be expected to cover certain debts and expenses that were attributed to you after the crash.
Your restitution will be determined by an insurance agent representing the responsible party. He will measure how negligent you were in the crash to determine if you contributed to the incident in any way; if you partially caused the incident, you won’t be given as large of an offer. Additionally, and most importantly, he will consider your injuries; if they were particularly severe or had a lasting and large impact on your job and daily life, your case value would increase. By the same token, damages that were marginal or minor would likely cause your case’s overall worth to diminish.
You may be able to secure the following types of payment from Advantage after a crash:
- Medical expenses (surgery, hospitalization, medication, physical therapy sessions) and future medical treatments
- Lost income from work and lost wages from missing future days
- Property damage to your vehicle and anything you owned that was also lost or in need of repair after an incident
- Pain and suffering (emotional scarring, PTSD, anxiety, fear, and psychological distress)
- Wrongful death damages if a family member or loved one died n the incident (funeral and burial costs, pre-death medical bills and pain and suffering, loss of consortium, loss of expected savings, loss of expected inheritance)
- Punitive damages, which are handed out in times of gross negligence or an intentional harm, but they are seldom awarded and can only be won by skilled lawyers
To get the best help available and get the maximum compensation for your case, contact us. We will connect you with a qualified Advantage rental car traffic accident lawyer.
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How We Help You
Our team of lawyers at the Downtown LA Law Group can help you with your lawsuit against Advantage. We have recovered millions of dollars for victims who have been involved in rental car accidents and we do not stop pursuing your rightful compensation until we are satisfied with the result. We will go to court if necessary to win your case, and our aggressive lawyers have consistently been rated as the best in town.
If you want to schedule a free consultation, call our offices. You can ask us anything you wish and well gladly answer you. If you want to know more about the legal process or try to understand what your case may be worth, one of our expert lawyers will talk with you. We will also give you more information about our zero fee guarantee, which states that you won’t have to spend a dime of your own money to pay for legal expenses. We will cover all the costs of the case and will only get paid if we win, with the money being taken out of the settlement we bring you. If we lose, we won’t get a dime.
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