Rental Car Accident
When you go on vacation and rent a car, the last thing on your mind is an accident. Unfortunately, rental car accidents do happen and carry many of the same legal consequences as accidents in your personal vehicle. However, there are a handful of important distinctions to keep in mind when talking about car accidents involving rental vehicles. First and foremost, the question of where to file a lawsuit is perhaps the most pressing. In many cases, people who are driving rental cars are not in the same state in which they are a resident or carry insurance.
Regardless of where you are from, if you are involved in a rental car accident in the Dallas-Fort Worth area or Lake Charles, Louisiana, we can help. Shamieh Law has helped countless individuals settle rental car accident claims and is prepared to do the same for you. Our attorneys will work hard to fight for fair compensation and make sure justice is served. We offer our services to both English and Spanish-speaking clients and are happy to sit down with you today to help you understand your rights.
What Happens Following a Rental Car Accident?
If you are driving a rental car or are involved in an accident with a driver of a rental car, it is important to keep in mind that these accidents carry the same ground rules as any other type of accident. Before anything else, you should call the police, obtain any necessary medical treatment, trade contact and insurance information with the other driver, talk to witnesses, and document the scene. When it comes to who is responsible for paying for damages of the rental car, things get a bit more complicated. Car rental companies always try and get you to take on their insurance, which is a cost most people turn down. Even if you did purchase insurance from the rental company, the coverage could be voided if you broke any conditions listed in the rental agreement while driving. Examples of these conditions include:
  • Driving while under the influence of drugs or alcohol
  • Driving negligently
  • Driving recklessly
  • Driving somewhere you were not authorized (like another state)
  • Allowing an unauthorized driver to get behind the wheel

These are just a few common reasons why rental car insurance is voided following an accident. We understand how complicated this may seem and are prepared to help you better understand your rights. In some circumstances, the rental car company may be held liable for your accident. For example, if the rental car company did not repair any safety defects or properly maintain the car before renting it, they could be held responsible. To learn more about your rights following a rental car accident in DFW or Lake Charles, please contact Shamieh Law today. We have represented numerous victims of rental car accidents and are prepared to do the same for you. We look at each client as if they were our own family member, which means we will fight tirelessly on your behalf.