Getting your vehicle damaged in an accident can be frustrating in both your personal and professional life. You need a car to get to work, run errands, and do a number of other day-to-day tasks.
In many cases after a car accident, the victim is entitled to a rental car, but who pays for a rental car after a car accident? An experienced Texas car accident attorney can ensure that the insurance company covers those costs following an accident, and at the Milano Legal Group our office is here to help.
Call or contact the office today to learn more about your legal options after a car accident.
Rights to a Rental Car
Case law dictates that victims of a car accident are legally entitled to a rental vehicle after an accident. Furthermore, the costs of a rental vehicle can be included as part of an overall settlement in a car accident legal case.
The insurance company should cover the costs of a rental vehicle, but you will need to follow specific steps in order to ensure that the insurer will pay for the rental car expenses. An experienced attorney will be able to help you through the process to make sure that you will not bear the burden of paying for your own rental vehicle.
Steps for Getting a Rental Car
After an accident, it is important that you collect the name of the other driver, their address and phone number, their insurance company information, and the policy number. If there are any witnesses to the accident, get their names and contact information, as well. Pictures and videos of the accident scene are also incredibly helpful to this process, so if possible, try to also document the scene.
The next step is to contact both the insurance company as well as the police to report the accident. The insurance company will begin the claims process while the police will create an accident report that can be used as evidence later in a legal case. Many states legally require police notification if the damage is over a certain value or if anyone was injured as a result of the crash.
Depending on the specific facts of your case, either your insurance company or the insurer of the other driver will cover the costs of your rental vehicle. If the other driver was clearly at fault, the other insurance company should cover the costs. If you have rental coverage as part of your auto insurance, your insurer may pay for the rental vehicle and go after the at-fault driver for compensation of the costs. Rental reimbursement coverage is an additional liability coverage you can purchase for your vehicle.
A knowledgeable Houston car accident attorney will be able to communicate and negotiate on your behalf with the insurance companies as well as arrange your rental car so that you can focus on what is most important – your recovery.
Call or Contact the Office Today
To learn more about payment for rental vehicles or other issues that arise from car accidents in the Houston area, call or contact the Milano Legal Group today to schedule a free consultation of your case.