Every year, there are over 6 million car accidents; a small number of those accidents happen with rental cars from individuals who temporarily need alternative vehicles. They may be travelers from out of state who need to get around and don’t want to rely on public transportation or taxi cabs, or they may have been involved in an accident and need a replacement while their primary vehicle gets repaired. These rental car accidents can cause victims to get confused and unsure of what to do, though, as they may not know the procedure for handling a lawsuit against such a company. Fortunately, you can speak with a rental car accident lawyer at the Downtown LA Law Group if you were injured in a rental car accident. We can help you sue Avis car rental agency for damages stemming from a crash.
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Rental Car Insurance
Upon getting a rental car, you must be able to show that you have valid automobile insurance covering you in case of any damages. The rental company has a duty t not provide rental cars to anyone who does not meet its eligibilities. When you get a rental car, you will also likely be offered other kinds of insurance as well. The most common supplemental insurance is collision insurance, which will allow the damages caused by a crash to be waived from your responsibilities and will be taken care of by the rental company.
There are other forms of insurance too, such as liability insurance to protect you if there are any bodily damages or effects coverage to reimburse you for any personal items that are stolen or damaged, but most of the time, drivers opt to use the vehicles only under representation from their own insurance.
Legal Information on Rental Car Accidents
Rental agencies usually must abide by certain rules that are common across the country. The most common regulation is that rental cars must not be rented out to anyone under the age of 21. In some states, this limit can be as high as 25 years old. This is because there is a slightly increased chance of liability with younger drivers; it is possible that individuals under the age of 21 (or 25) do not have the means to cover damages and do not have the road experience, credit, and more to handle a rental. Older adults may have ample coverage and a backup plan or credit line if something were to happen with the rental vehicle.
If you are involved in a rental car accident, you cannot merely sue the rental agency. If you were driving the rental car or if a rental car hit you, you will likely only have the ability to take action against the other directly involved party. However, you can sue the rental company if they did not follow through with their duties according to rules and laws.
For example, if Avis allowed a teenager to rent a car and that teenager crashes, the rental company can be held partially responsible for any damages. The company knew that the individuals was under the required age and still rented out the vehicle.
It should also be known that prospective renters must have valid insurance and driver’s licenses in order to rent. If a driver goes to Avis with no proof of insurance, he cannot be allowed to drive a rental car. The same can be said of an individual who has no driver’s license or whose license has expired. It will be a violation if Avis allows the individual to rent the vehicle, and Avis can be held partially responsible if any accidents occur.
In addition, Avis must properly and adequately inspect all of their vehicles prior to letting them go out onto the roads. The vehicles may come back with issues that the driver neglected to mention or was unaware of; some degenerative damage or wear and tear can happen over time and the brakes or tires may become faulty and the engine can start to have problems. However, Avis usually sends these cars back on the road without proper inspections, especially if they are particularly busy and need to have vehicles available to customers.
In such instances, Avis can be held responsible for ensuing accidents and damages. If you wish to take legal action, you can call a lawyer to sue Avis car rental agency for compensation from a crash.
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Important Information about Car Accidents
Rental car accidents can happen for many reasons. A lot of drivers do not drive as carefully because they do not own the cars or because they know they have a small deductible in case of any crashes. This lack of care is a problem with rental car drivers, and contributes to many incidents. Other reasons for accidents include:
- Texting while driving
- Using GPS while driving
- Running red lights
- Ignoring stop signs
- Ignoring right of way laws
- Changing lanes without signaling
- Failing to observe surroundings and fellow drivers
- Drunk driving
- Fatigued driving
- Unfamiliar or unsafe roads
- Vehicle defects
There are various ways that you can get in car accidents with rental cars. You may be T-boned at an intersection, rear-ended in a parking lot or at a stop light, hit head-on from a driver who lost control of his vehicle, sideswiped on the highway from someone trying to merge, and much more. The different accidents can range in degree of severity, and as such, so can your injuries and damages. You may suffer the following injuries from an Avis rental car accident:
- Broken bones
- Knee and hip injuries
- Traumatic brain injuries
- Neck and spinal cord damage
- Closed head injuries
- Herniated or slipped discs
- Internal organ injuries
- Nerve damage
- Torn muscle
- Severed limbs
- Crushing injuries
The various injuries can greatly affect the value of your lawsuit. If you were involved in a car accident with an Avis rental car, you can contact our firm for more assistance.
Rental Car Accident Procedure
After a crash with an Avis vehicle, you should immediately follow these steps to ensure that you are safe, out of harm’s way, and have enough evidence to file a lawsuit to collect compensation. You can present the evidence to us to use in a claim, or we can help you gather the necessary proof.
First, you should get medical treatment if you were injured so you can properly treated, even if you feel you weren’t badly hurt. The paramedics can treat you at the scene of the accident. There should not be a lengthy gap between the accident and the treatment, as the insurance agent can highlight that as a problem and potentially deny your claim.
You should then take photos of the injuries you suffered, the damage to the rental car and other vehicle, the scene of the accident, and more that would prove your story.
You can take down the contact information and insurance details of the responsible driver to submit to the insurance company.
Next, you should call Avis to alert them to the accident and let them know that you were involved in crash with one of their vehicles. They can take the car if it were towed and they may be able to give you a replacement.
It is also important that you get statements and testimonies from nearby bystanders, other passengers, and third-party witnesses. Similarly, you can request a copy of the police report if the cops showed up to conduct an investigation.
All of this evidence can be submitted to an attorney to sue Avis rental company for damages suffered in an accident. You should make sure to contact a skilled lawyer with experience in rental accidents to ensure that you get the best representation possible in your lawsuit.
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Avis Accident Compensation
An Avis rental car accident can result in various types of compensation for your damages. If you were severely hurt, you may be able to receive a larger amount of compensation than if you were mildly hurt. Your case will be valued by an insurance agent who will weigh your injuries, the effect they had on your career, your age, your level of negligence and liability, and more. We will then negotiate a fair deal from the agent.
Some of the forms of compensation you can receive include the following:
- Medical expenses
- Lost wages
- Future medical treatments
- Missed income from future lost days
- Property damage
- Pain and suffering
- Punitive damages
- Wrongful death damages
We can help you receive the maximum compensation for your damages from an Avis rental car crash.
Our Firm’s Promise
The Downtown LA Law Group has handled car accident lawsuits against Avis rental agency for years. We know the best methods to winning your claim and will not stop pursuing your rightful compensation from start to finish. We will aggressively negotiate the fairest deal and will be sure to fight for your rights. Our lawyers are some of the most highly-rated attorneys in the city, and we promise to dedicate ourselves to you and your case to win you every penny you need.
Call us for a free legal consultation. You can discuss your case and we will tell you what we believe we can earn for you. You can ask us questions and clear up anything that confuses you. We encourage you to learn as much as you can about the laws surrounding your circumstances and what you can expect out of a lawsuit.
If you hire us to handle your claim, we will give you our zero fee guarantee to ensure that you’ll pay nothing at all. We will only get paid if we win your case, and the money will come out of the settlement or verdict we bring you. If we lose, you owe us nothing whatsoever.