Car accidents are extremely dangerous and often result in serious injury or even death. Car accidents in rentals are no exception.
Recently, professional golfer Tiger Woods was seriously injured in an accident while driving a rental. He suffered multiple leg injuries, including fractures and tissue damage. Although the cause of the accident is unknown, it’s a clear reminder that auto accidents can happen at any time, regardless of what vehicle you’re driving.
Rental Cars Have a Higher Rate of Accidents Than Owned Cars
Unfortunately, rental cars have a higher rate of accidents than owned cars due to the many factors at play. For example, there’s the unfamiliarity factor when driving a vehicle that’s not yours. And if you’re on vacation when using a rental, there are roads you’ve never driven before.
It’s also easy to feel a lack of responsibility or feel it unnecessary to be as careful while driving a rental as you would be driving your own vehicle. Don’t make this mistake—you must stay vigilant to protect yourself.
Before you get out on the road, familiarize yourself with the vehicle. Find and try out the necessary components such as turn signals, lights and wipers. Be sure to also adjust your seat and mirrors.
What to Do After an Accident Involving a Rental Vehicle
No matter how prepared you are, accidents happen. If you’re involved in a rental car accident, here are some next steps to take:
- Call for help: Whether there are serious injuries or not, it’s best to call the police for help. This will ensure you have a police report documenting the accident for insurance purposes.
- Gather contact information: If you’re able, gather the contact information for the other party involved in the accident, if applicable. You’ll want their name, phone, address and car insurance information.
- Reach out to your car rental company: As soon as possible, call your car rental company to inform them of the accident. Depending on the company, there may be additional steps you must take such as filling out additional reports.
- Contact your insurance company: Reach out to your insurance company to inform them of the accident and file a claim.
We also recommend reaching out to an attorney who can help you through each step.
Rental Car Accident? Call the Legal Team at Ted B. Lyon & Associates.
If you’ve been involved in a rental car accident, you don’t have to go through the aftermath alone. The attorneys at Ted B. Lyon & Associates can help defend your rights or pursue compensation on your behalf. To learn more about rental car accidents, give us a call at 866-503-4864. or send us a message.
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