Hertz is a rental car agency that provides customers with cars to use while they are in town. Many times, customers are visitors from out of state or from another place and they need some form of transportation to get around. Others simply need temporary vehicles because their cars are in the shop, getting repaired, or are otherwise indisposed. The individuals renting these cars should take care to not drive recklessly or dangerously so as to avoid accidents and injuries. If you were hurt in an accident with a Hertz rental car, you could take legal action against the responsible party. To file a lawsuit against Hertz, contact our law firm, the Downtown LA Law Group, for more help. We will provide you with a rental car traffic accident lawyer who can handle your claim for you and will make sure that you are properly compensated for your damages.
Does Hertz Provide Insurance For Rental Cars?
Hertz provides protection plans for its customers when they rent vehicles. These protection plans vary in comprehensiveness and price. The most common plan that renters purchase is a collision damage waiver, which frees the renters from the responsibilities of paying for aesthetic damage to the car. There is also insurance available to help recoup any lost property, for instance. More costly plans will protect you and your passengers in case of any third-party accidents, while others will provide medical coverage and coverage for loss of life.
However, bear in mind that the majority of Hertz accident cases will not involve the company at all, but only the rental driver. This is because the company is seldom specifically or partially responsible for the accident, and thus, will not be a target for a lawsuit. The renter’s insurance company will instead be the target of the claim and the provider of any settlements.
How Do Rental Car Accidents Happen?
A large amount of rental car accidents happen simply due to inattention by the drivers. Many drivers in general are guilty of speeding, tailgating, turning without signaling, ignoring right of way laws, and running stop signs and red lights. However, rental car drivers may have a higher tendency t look at their phones and GPS devices while driving because they are unfamiliar with the area. They may also be trying to coordinate plans with people, look up information, or call places to see if they are open for business.
Those in Hertz rental cars may not be familiar with the roads, which can cause many crashes. Sharp turns, sudden curves, hidden driveways, inadequate lighting, knowledge of traffic patterns, stoplight tendencies, and more can all contribute to an accident.
There may be certain issues that are outside of the driver’s control, though, such as adverse weather and vehicle defects.
In the event of a Hertz rental car accident, contact us to speak with an attorney to get started n filing your lawsuit.
What Are Common Hertz Car Accident Injuries?
Car accident injuries are among the most devastating damages that you can suffer. We have seen many types of injuries, some of which have been permanent and have perpetually affected individuals in all areas of life. A few of the injuries you can receive in rental car accidents include:
- Broken bones
- Closed head injuries
- Traumatic brain injuries
- Neck and spinal cord damage
- Knee and hip injuries
- Severed limbs and digits
- Nerve damage
- Torn muscles
- Internal organ damage
- Crushing injuries
These injuries may sideline you for some time. You should be sure to get medical attention to heal up as quickly as you can. The injuries you suffer will be the primary factor in determining the value of your lawsuit. If you were not injured, you will not be able to file a personal injury claim.
Contact a Hertz rental car traffic accident lawyer for more details.
How Can I Sue Hertz?
You can only sue Hertz in a few situations. Usually, if a rental car hits you, you must file a lawsuit against the driver and the driver alone. However, if the agent rented a vehicle to someone who was not over the age of 21 or had a valid driver’s license or proof of insurance, Hertz could be held responsible.
Hertz may also be held accountable if they do not check the cars in between rental periods. Vehicles that have not been adequately inspected may have numerous issues with them, such as broken brakes and engine troubles. If an accident happens because an agent or mechanic did not inspect a rental car, then Hertz can be sued for the ensuing damages.
What Should I Do If I Get Into An Accident With A Rental Car?
If you were in an accident with a Hertz rental car, you should take care to follow these steps to have the best chance of success with a lawsuit and to stay safe immediately afterward. You are always welcome to call us for more information on any step.
Firstly, it is important that you go to the hospital or see paramedics about medical treatment. I you do not get medical help,the insurance agent can say that you were likely hurt elsewhere. Further, some of your injuries may not show up immediately or they may not be apparent to you because of the adrenaline from the accident. Healthcare professionals can catch these injuries and treat them.
Next, you should take photos of your injuries to show the extent of your damages. You can also take pictures of the damage done to the vehicles and record the scene of the accident to show if there were any defects, the quality of lighting, the presence of hazards, and more.
If there were any witnesses present at the scene, you could interview them for their statements and testimonies. You could also collect these statements from passengers.
If you were in the Hertz vehicle as a renter, make sure you keep a copy of your credit card statement, rental agreement, or any other proof of the transaction.
In some cases, the police may come to investigate the crash. If they came, you could ask them for a copy of the police report.
Finally, it is important that you reach out to a qualified lawyer to handle your Hertz accident claim. If you have not taken any legal action before, you may not know how to deal with a lawsuit. Further, injuries could make it so that you are unable to leave your house. You should always focus on your health and improving your life, and our attorneys for Hertz rental car accidents can make sure that you are on your path to recovery while we take care of your lawsuit.
How Much Is My Hertz Car Accident Claim Worth?
Your Hertz rental car accident lawsuit may be worth a fair amount of compensation. You could earn anywhere between $20,000 and $1,000,000 for your damages. Our team of attorneys can make sure that you receive ample restitution, including coverage for the following:
- Medical expenses, including surgery, hospitalization, physical therapy, medication, and future treatments
- Lost income from the past and future
- Property damage to your vehicle and other personal items that were lost or broken in the accident
- Pain and suffering damages for fear, anxiety, PTSD, emotional scarring, psychological trauma, and more
- Wrongful death damages if a family member or loved one died as a result of his injuries from the incident, which may include funeral and burial costs, loss of consortium, loss of relations, loss of expected savings and inheritance, pre-death medical bills, pre-death pain and suffering, and more
The insurance agent will look at your injuries, the effect they had on your life and career, and how severe they were when he is considering the value of your case. He will also look at your age and how negligent you were in the accident.
Our team of expert Hertz rental car accident lawyers will negotiate the best deal for you.
How Long Do I Have To Sue Hertz For A Rental Car Accident?
In California, you only have 2 years from the date of the injury to file a claim against the responsible party. If you do not sue within that time frame, you will be unable to pursue compensation.
However, if you were underage at the time of the incident, you will not have to adhere to the statute until you turn 18 years old. You also may have been severely physically injured or mentally incapacitated, and thus, you would not have to follow the deadline until you return to health. Additionally, the defendant must be present in the state; if he has left, the statute would be suspended until he returns.
A Hertz rental car traffic accident attorney can ensure that your claim is filed on time and that you are never in danger of missing any crucial dates.
The Downtown LA Law Group has had years of experience handling rental car accident claims against Hertz and responsible drivers. Our aggressive lawyers know the best tactics to winning claims and will make sure you are properly represented. We put our clients first and we will get you the medical attention you need. We will go to court if we must to win your case.
For a free legal consultation, call our lawyers today. We will walk you through the legal process and tell you what we believe your claim is worth. You can ask us any questions you want and we will get you the answers you need. We will also give you our zero fee guarantee, which states that you won’t pay us any money for our services. We will cover the costs of the case and will only get paid if we win, with the money coming from the settlement we bring you from Hertz. If we lose, we take nothing at all.