A rental car accident can be very frustrating to deal with; there may be any number of damages to your vehicle and you may be injured in various ways. It is important that you take appropriate legal action if you were injured in such an accident, but you may not know the best route to take. Many times, clients will call us with questions about how to file lawsuit against Budget or how to sue Budget rental car services. If you were hurt in an accident with a Budget car, you may only be able to sue the driver. There are other situations in which you can sue the company. Our team of rental car accident lawyers at the Downtown LA Law Group can handle all aspects of your case for you to ensure that you get the compensation you deserve.
Budget Rental Car Information
Budget is a service that allows people to rent cars for a period of time. The rental cars can be of various makes and models, and people often select different types to suit their needs. It is a requirement that renters be over the age of 21 and have valid and updated driver’s licenses and auto insurance policies. This is important, as it protects individuals in the event of any accidents.
However, to be safe, Budget also offers various insurance policies for the duration of the rental period. These offers vary the basic collision damage waiver can free renters from having to pay for damages to the vehicle, while more advanced plans protect the occupants of the vehicle and third-parties in the event of any physical injuries.
In the event of an accident, you may be able to take legal action against the driver of the rental car, but you will not likely be able to sue Budget for any damages. However, you can sue Budget if it is revealed that the company was negligent in their rental process.
How to Sue Budget
As said above, renters of vehicles need to be 21 or older and have driver’s licenses and auto insurance. The representative cannot allow anyone under the age of 21 to rent a vehicle, and they also cannot allow anyone who isn’t covered by a provider or who has no valid license to drive. Therefore, if a representative allows someone to rent the vehicle who shouldn’t be on the road, Budget can be held responsible for the subsequent accident, injuries, and damages, even if they also sold an insurance policy.
Furthermore, there are certain procedures that must be done by rental agencies like Budget. The vehicles owned by the company should be sufficiently inspected after every customer returns to ensure that there are no damages and the car runs fine. If the car doesn’t run fine and it is provided to another customer, there is a risk of accidents. The troubles may be as simple as broken headlights and low air pressure in the tires, but there could also be brake problems, engine failure, and more.
Many times, Budget will simply not inspect cars because of time. A customer will return the vehicle but it will be slated to be rented that same day, so they may simply put gas in and rent it out. If there were any problems with the car that arose during the previous trip, Budget would not know, and the next customer could be involved in an accident.
If you were thus hurt in an accident caused because of Budget’s negligence or oversight, you can file a claim against the company for compensation.
Budget Rental Car Accident Information
An accident with a Budget rental car often happens due to driver negligence. Some drivers speed, tailgate, ignore right of way laws, turn without signaling, improperly merge, run red lights, run stops signs, and more. They often drive recklessly in rental cars partially because they do it anyway but also because they do not have to care as much about the vehicles. The cars aren’t theirs, and they are not responsible for the damages and do not have to rely on the vehicles for daily life.
However, there are other times when the drivers cannot be held completely responsible. For example, road defects and weather conditions can make it difficult to drive, and it is not uncommon for many more accidents to happen on defective roads or in fog or rain. Additionally, there may be defects with the vehicle, as listed above.
Car accidents are one of the leading causes of death in the country, and the list of injuries you can receive in the incidents is long. You may suffer brain damage, internal organ damage, numerous broken bones, paralysis, recurring injuries, burns, crushing injuries, neck and spinal cord damage, coma, and more. There is even the chance of death if the crash is particularly severe, especially in head-on collisions.
Steps to Take after an Accident
If you were involved in a crash with a Budget rental car, it is important that you take the following steps to ensure that you are protected, safe at the scene of the accident, and have ample evidence for a lawsuit. The steps are as follows:
- Get medical help as quickly as possible after the accident so there is no gap between treatment and the incident; some injuries may not show up immediately or you may not be aware of them due to adrenaline
- Keep records of your medical expenses, doctor’s notes, treatment history, and more
- Take photos of your injuries so that there is evidence of the physical damage you suffered
- Take pictures of the scene of the accident and the damage to the Budget rental car and your car
- Interview eyewitnesses for their statements or testimonies about the accident
- Hold on to any credit card receipts, bank statements, and other transaction details if you rented a budget vehicle
- Request a copy of the police report if you were involved in an accident where the police conducted an investigation
It is wise to contact a Budget rental car traffic accident lawyer who can help you with your case. You may not know the first thing about legal action or what to do in the event of a car crash, especially if there is a rental car involved, but our attorneys can help. We will make sure that you are safe and that your evidence is perfectly preserved. We’ll gather all your evidence together and write the demand letter for you so you can receive ample compensation for your damages.
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Value of Your Budget Rental Car Accident Lawsuit
The value of your Budget rental car accident can be determined by the insurance agent dealing with your case. The agent will consider your injuries and determine if they were particularly affecting and how impactful they were on your life and career. If they caused you to change jobs or if they resulted in long-time damage, the offer may be much higher. You will also have your liability level examined; if you contributed to the accident in some way, the agent will likely reduce the amount he offers.
You may not be able to receive certain damages if you weren’t hurt in the accident. In this case, you will only be able to collect damages for lost wages and property damage. You may not need an attorney, as there will be less room to negotiate and the costs will not be too high. However, with any physical injury and presence of medical bills, there will probably be a lot of negotiation involved. It is recommended that you hire a Budget rental car traffic accident attorney for more assistance.
Compensation from a Budget Car Crash Lawsuit
A lawsuit against Budget and a claim against the responsible driver can net you a fair settlement for your damages. If you were injured, you could receive full compensation for the expenses and debts. You may be able to have the following bills covered:
- Medical expenses from the past and future
- Property damage
- Missed income from the past and future
- Emotional pain and suffering
We can also work to bring you coverage for wrongful death damages if a family member or loved one died in the crash and punitive damages if the responsible driver were particularly negligent or tried to harm you. It will be difficult to win punitive damages, though, as they are primarily seen as excessive or harsh, and only a skilled lawyer will be able to win them for your claim.
How We Help
Our team of expert lawyers at the Downtown LA Law Group will do all we can to adequately represent you and ensure that you are given the best settlement possible. Our aggressive attorneys will not stop pursuing your rightful restitution until we are satisfied that you are protected and recouped. We will go to court if necessary to win your damages in front of a jury and judge.
If you want to receive a free legal consultation, reach out to our law offices today. We will not share your information with anyone; all our consultations are completely confidential. You can ask us anything you like about your case, and we will help you understand the legal process. We will also give you more details on our zero fee guarantee, which promises that you won’t have t spend a dollar on any of our legal services. We will only get paid if we win your case and the money will come out of the settlement we bring you. If we lose, we do not accept anything at all, and you will walk away owing us no money.
Call the Downtown LA Law Group for more information on how to file a lawsuit against Budget for a car crash.