Outdoorsy is a rental service for RVs as opposed to basic automobiles. It was founded in 2014 and has secured hundreds of thousands of customers over the years. The issue with any rental service is that drivers may not always be safe. It is possible that some individuals who are underage can slip through and still rent an RV, or that drivers without licenses can get behind the wheels. There are many paths to an accident, and if you were hurt because of someone’s negligence, you could potentially sue Outdoorsy for compensation from your injuries. Call the Downtown LA Law Group today and we’ll take on your claim for you.
Outdoorsy Information and Liability
Outdoorsy allows owners of RVs to list their vehicles so that others can rent them. It is essentially a vehicle-sharing service similar to Turo. The company provides background checks and verification for renters.
Outdoorsy does provide insurance coverage to this who are driving the RVs and to those who rented them out. They have up to $1 million liability insurance and up to $1 million in physical damage protection, which means that there can be coverage in the event of harm or collision damage to the RV. In addition to accidents, Outdoorsy’s insurance covers the following:
- Backup accidents
- Power surges
- Animal impacts
- Fallen trees
The main issue is that many people who rent an RV simply do not know how to drive it. These vehicles are quite large and can be cumbersome to maneuver. Some people who have never been in even a large van try to rent RVs and drive them into the country. When you do not know how high the roof extends or how long the RV is, accidents are much more likely to happen.
It’s highly recommended that individuals who wish to rent RVs take some time to learn how to operate them in a safe environment. This is the best way to prevent injuries and accidents from occurring.
How to Sue Outdoorsy for Injuries from an RV Accident
Outdoorsy can be held accountable for injuries if they rented an RV to someone who was not qualified to drive it, or someone who was clearly not legally able to operate it. It is required that all drivers have valid licenses and are not clearly impaired at the time of the rental. The company does allow rentals to be scheduled ahead of time, though, and does conduct background checks on all drivers. However, it is possible that the background check can return nothing when there is a prior offense, and it is possible for someone to forge a license.
If you were involved in an accident with someone who was renting an RV from Outdoorsy, you should take appropriate legal action. The first step you should take involves going to the doctor to get treated for any injuries you suffered. You may not go to the doctor immediately, which is a mistake – the longer you wait, the more likely it is that your health will worsen over time. Further, the agent handling your case will debate the severity of your injuries if you were lax about going to the doctor. He will even go so far as to say that you were injured in another incident. Where possible, gather all doctor’s notes, medical receipts, insurance billing papers, treatment costs, test results, and more from the hospital.
Next, you should take pictures of the injuries you suffered so that you can prove how severe they were if you begin to heal quickly. You will also need pictures of the damage done to the RV and the car, and photos of the scene of the accident. You could potentially acquire video footage if someone had a dashboard camera running at the time of the incident, as well.
You should write down the contact information of the driver of the RV or anyone else involved, as well as their insurance details. Although Outdoorsy does provide insurance, you should make sure that you have the necessary information of all involved parties.
If there were any eyewitnesses who saw the incident happen, such as passengers, other drivers, or pedestrians, you can ask them for their statements and testimonies to add to your claim.
If you were seriously hurt, the police will likely show up. You can file a police report and get a copy once it has been processed at the station.
It will be in your best interest to hire an RV accident attorney in Los Angeles who can handle your claim for you. You should not try to embark on a legal journey if you have no previous experience. Instead, you should focus on returning to health while we write your demand letter, gather evidence, hire expert witnesses, and negotiate a fair settlement for you.
Compensation from an Outdoorsy RV Accident
If you were injured in an RV accident after renting a vehicle from Outdoorsy, you could pursue compensation from the company. The value of your lawsuit will be determined by the insurance agent handling the claim. He will look at the extent of the injuries you suffered and how severe they were, as well as how big of an impact they had on your daily life and career opportunities. He will also consider your responsibility in the incident – if you could be partially blamed, you would not receive as large of a settlement offer from the agent. Insurance companies are primarily concerned with keeping their profits up and not paying out large claims, so the agents often make small offers and try to convince victims to accept little to nothing. Our team of expert lawyers will strive to win you the following forms of compensation:
- Medical expenses from the past and future for any costs related to surgery, hospitalization, physical therapy and rehab, medication and prescription drugs, and more
- Property damage for any personal items that were lost or broken in the incident
- Lost wages, commissions, tips, bonuses, benefits, and more from the past and future if you could not work or if you needed to spend time recovering or going to medical appointments
- Pain and suffering damages for emotional anxiety, mental trauma, PTSD, fear, and more
- Wrongful death damages if a loved one or family member died in the incident, which can include pre-death medical bills, pre-death pain and suffering, funeral and burial fees, loss of consortium and relations, loss of expected savings and inheritance, and more
You should not be forced to pay for these various debts if you were hurt because Outdoorsy was negligent in some way. Our lawyers will fight tooth and nail to win you a fair settlement.
Statute of Limitations to Sue Outdoorsy
California has a statute of limitations of 2 years from the date of the injury to file a personal injury lawsuit. The statute of limitations exists so that both parties will have sufficient time to build cases in their defenses. The sooner you file a claim, the more likely it is that your evidence will be preserved and not lost or corrupted. You should act quickly so that you can receive a fast settlement.
It is possible to have the statute of limitations pushed past the deadline, though. If a minor were injured in the incident, he could wait until he turns 18 years old to sue. Of course, a parent or legal guardian can still sue on his behalf prior to him turning legal age. Some victims may also have been left incapacitated, whether mentally or physically, which would delay the statute from counting down until they return to normal. Further, the defendant must be present in the state – if he has left, the statute won’t count down until he returns to California.
The primary reason that a lot of victims do not get the compensation they need is due to the failure to observe the statute of limitations. They do not know how much time is left on their claim and they try to sue too late. If you come to our law firm, we guarantee that your lawsuit will be filed exactly on time so that there is no chance of anything expiring.
How Our Firm Helps
The Downtown LA Law Group has been at the forefront of personal injury law and litigation for years. We are among the most highly rated law firms in the state and we know the best methods to win your case. Our attorneys are known for being aggressive and for not giving up on any claim, no matter how big or how small. If we have to go to court to defend your rights, we are willing to do so.
For a free legal consultation, contact our law firm today. We’ll discuss your case, tell you what we believe it is worth, and tell you more about the legal process. We’ll also give you more information about our zero fee guarantee, which is a promise that you will pay no fees out of pocket throughout the case. We’ll get paid only if we win, and the money will come from the settlement from the company. If we lose, we take nothing.
To sue Outdoorsy because you were hurt in an RV accident, contact the Downtown LA Law Group at once.