Car Accidents and Rental Cars: Are You Entitled to a Free Rental Car?

For many people, one of the worst things about being involved in a car accident is living without a car while the claim is settled. Having access to a rental car makes it easier to see the doctor, go to work, take care of kids, and other ongoing normal activities. Many people do not realize that they are actually entitled to a free rental car after their accident.

Keep reading to learn more about this option and then contact The Law Offices of Larry H. Parker at 800-333-0000 for a free legal consultation.

You may have rental coverage under your insurance policy

If you have rental coverage, then a rep from your insurance company should help you rent a vehicle within a day or two of making the claim. If you are not sure if you have this coverage, call your insurance company and ask them. You cannot simply add the coverage after an accident and get it covered right away.

You may have access to a rental car if another party was at fault for the accident

In the event there was someone else at fault for your accident, then their insurance company is the one that should be setting up the rental car. If the insurance company agrees that their insured was at fault for the accident then you should get it within a few days. However, if they dispute fault then it could take a week or even longer.

The insurance company has options

The insurance company of that at-fault party is not required to provide you with a rental car but they must do one of the following:

  • Pay for the rental car so you have no out of pocket expenses at all.
  • Force you to pay for the rental car upfront and then reimburse you. Due to the fact that rental cars can cost as much as $100 (or more) per day, this can be expensive.
  • Pay a “loss per day” amount as part of your settlement. You can then use the money to rent a car or any other way you choose.

Every company is different but it is always worth asking about rental car coverage after you have been in an accident.

Let an attorney handle the tough negotiations for you

If you have suffered an injury in a car accident, whether a relatively minor injury or a serious injury, then it is likely worth your while to talk to a personal injury attorney. At The Law Offices of Larry H. Parker we can help you move forward after your accident. Our experienced staff can work directly with the insurance company so you don’t have to. We can gather evidence as necessary, provide expert witnesses to work on your behalf, and ensure you get the medical help you need. Call us now at 800-333-0000 for a free legal consultation.