Rental car agencies can provide vehicles
for temporary use for a short period of time. Many drivers who operate these cars may treat them with less respect and care than they would treat their own vehicles because they do not have to worry about any mechanic costs or about driving a car with issues. At times, these drivers get involved in accidents. You may very well be hit by a person driving a rental car
, or you may even be behind the wheel of a rental at the time of the crash. One of the companies that is most well known for its rental cars and has hundreds of accident reports per year is Enterprise. If you have been in a car crash with an Enterprise vehicle
, you can likely pursue legal compensation from the responsible party. Our team at the Downtown LA Law Group
will provide you with a car rental auto accident attorney. Do not believe that merely because you do not know how to sue Enterprise car rental agency for damages that you won’t be able to collect rightful compensation.
Why Rent A Car?
Car rental are not uncommon. They are generally very cheap, only costing a few dozen dollars for a few days’ worth of driving. The majority of individuals who rent cars are travelers not local to the cities they are in. They are generally people who have flown in and do not want to take public transportation or alternative methods, and would like to be able to rely on their own transportation to get places.
Other times, individuals may be involved in accidents
and not have access to their own personal vehicles. They would prefer to get a rental car, sometimes provided by the insurance agency. This rental car would be returned as soon as the repairs to their vehicles were finished. Sometimes, companies may provide rental cars to their employees if they are going on trips. Essentially, there are many reasons to rent a car – and the increased amount of driving in an unfamiliar area raises the risk of accidents
Why Do People Get In Accidents In Rental Cars?
There are many reasons that rental car accidents happen
. One of the most apparent is the general lack of familiarity with both the car and the environment, which can cause many issues. If you do not know your way around the vehicle, you may find yourself braking too lightly, accelerating too hard, turning too sharply, or even misusing some of the signals and shifters. It is not surprising when those in rental cars get into accidents because they misjudged how much space they need to safely brake and stop, for example.
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They may also be using their phones to consult directions, use GPS and maps, and talk to people who are nearby. Driving while not paying total attention to the road is not unique to those who drive rental cars, though.
Some of the other reasons for rental car accidents include:
Ignoring the right of way laws
Turning into intersections or across oncoming traffic
Running stop signs or failing to properly stop
Running red lights
There are some other reasons that car accidents can happen
, though, that are not the fault – at least not directly – of the drier. For example, bad weather may make a car very difficult to control, especially if a traveler has never driven in such conditions. It can be hard to drive in the snow when you may slide and fishtail and not know how to correct the issue. Heavy rain, sleet, and fog can also cause accidents anytime they roll in.
There may also be vehicle defects that can cause accidents to happen. For example, a car’s brakes may fail or lock up during a trip, which can create all sorts of issues. There may be broken lights, engine troubles, axle problems, and more that contribute to accidents. In these cases, the driver should not be blamed for a defective vehicle; it should rest on the shoulders of Enterprise.
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What Are Injuries In Rental Car Accidents?
A rental car accident can result in numerous types of injuries, some of which can be extremely devastating. A few of the injuries include:
- Broken bones
- Closed head injuries
- Traumatic brain injuries
- Internal organ damage
- Knee and hip injuries
- Spinal cord and disc damage
- Neck injuries
- Severed limbs
- Crushing injuries
- Puncture wounds
- Lacerations and abrasions
You should get medical treatment as quickly as possible after a rental car accident. Some injuries may not show up immediately but will manifest later; the faster you get treatment, the safer you will be. Additionally, if you wait too long to get treated, it can be a bad look for your lawsuit. The insurance agent at Enterprise can claim that you were hurt in another accident separate from the one that occurred with the rental car.
How Can I Sue Enterprise For A Rental Car Accident?
If you were involved in a car accident with an Enterprise vehicle, you may only be able to sue the driver of the car responsible for the crash. You cannot, for example, sue Enterprise if someone rented a car and crashed into you because he was not paying attention. You will only be able to take action against the direct party.
However, you may be able to sue Enterprise
in some specific scenarios. For example, if Enterprise sold you a collision damage waiver which would absolve you of any responsibility of covering damages to the car, that is a contract. If you get into an accident and do not get hurt, but Enterprise tries to bill you for damages to the car, you can sue to keep your money.
Enterprise also has a duty of care to other individuals on the road and must not knowingly put anyone in harm’s way. For instance, it is a law that you must have valid insurance, a valid driver’s license, and be over the age of 21 (25 years old in some states) to rent a vehicle.
Therefore, if any of these regulations are violated, Enterprise can be held available. A representative cannot allow someone without valid credentials or documents to rent a car, nor can he allow someone underage to rent one. If he does, then the company will be on the hook for any accidents, damages, and injuries caused by that customer. The driver would not have otherwise been on the road with the rental car if the agency hadn’t given him permission to be.
If you wish to sue Enterprise, you must gather the following evidence for your lawsuit:
- Photos of your injuries
- Medical notes and hospital receipts showing the treatment you received
- Eyewitness reports and testimonies
- Copy of the police report
- Copy of the incident report submitted to Enterprise
- Photos of the damage to the rental car and other vehicle
- Pictures of the scene of the accident
- Contact information and insurance details of the individual who hit you
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When you have collected as much of your evidence as you can, you can call a Enterprise rental car accident lawyer who can submit your claim for you. We will deal with the insurance agent so you do not have to, as you may not have the legal experience or negotiating abilities to successfully defend your position and secure a worthwhile settlement.
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How Long Do I Have To Sue Enterprise For A Rental Car Accident?
If you plan to file a claim against Enterprise for a rental car accident, you will only have 2 years from the date of the injury to do so. You will not be able to sue if the date of your injury is longer than 2 years unless you are able to have an exception granted for the statute of limitations.
An exception can be granted if you were left mentally or physically incapacitated after the crash or if the defendant left the state. It can be difficult to win an exception, though, and if you plan to pursue such a route, it would benefit you greatly to have an attorney with experience suing Enterprise on your side.
What Can I Receive In Compensation From An Enterprise Rental Car Lawsuit?
Our team of attorneys can make sure that you are wholly covered for your injuries, expenses, and damages after an accident with an Enterprise rental car
. We will make sure that you are given:
- Coverage for all medical bills from the past and future
- Reimbursement of lost wages from the past and future
- Compensation for damaged or lost property that must be repaired or replaced
- Coverage for emotional suffering, PTSD, anxiety, fear, and other pain and suffering damages
In the event that a family member passes away in an accident with a rental car, you could sue for wrongful death damages. The funeral and burial could be covered, as well as pre-death medical bills, pain and suffering, loss of consortium, loss of expected savings and inheritance, and more.
Let our firm help you and we will strive to provide you with the maximum available settlement from the rental agency.
The Right Firm for Your Lawsuit
The Downtown LA Law Group
has handled lawsuits against Enterprise and other rental agencies for years
. We know the best methods to win your case
and have recovered millions of dollars for our clients. Our aggressive attorneys will go to court if we have to in order to bring you a verdict, and you can trust us completely with the contents of your case. We will represent you like you are family, and our main goal is your safety and worthwhile restitution.
Get in touch
with our attorneys for a free legal consultation to discuss your case and what we believe we can win for you. You can ask us any questions you want and we’ll help you understand how the lawsuit process works. If you intend to hire us, we’ll give you our zero fee guarantee, a promise that prevents you from spending a dime of your own money throughout the case. We will cover all the costs ourselves and will only get paid if we win – and the money will come from Enterprise’s insurance company. If we lose, we do not ask you for any money whatsoever, and you can leave debt-free to our law group.
Don’t hesitate to take legal action
against Enterprise today. Call the Downtown LA Law Group
at (888) 649-7166
for help from a rental car accident lawyer in Los Angeles