Being involved in an auto accident is an overwhelming experience. However, it becomes even more stressful when you are involved in a collision while driving a rental car, as you do not own the vehicle. The added stress of the vehicle not belonging to you and the potential consequences can leave you wondering about your liability for the accident. If you have been injured in a car accident while driving a rental car, contact a talented Monmouth County Car Accident Lawyer who can help you hold responsible parties accountable for their negligence. Keep reading to learn who can be liable for an accident in a rental car.
Who can be held liable for an accident in a rental car?
Like any other auto accident, the at-fault motorist will be held accountable for the accident. That said, if you were responsible for a collision while driving a rental car, you would be liable for any damages that occurred as a direct result of your negligence. New Jersey is a comparative negligence state, which makes it possible for multiple parties to be considered responsible for the cause of a collision.
Often motorists wonder whether they can pursue legal action against the rental company for their damages. According to the Graves Amendment, the motorist who rented the vehicle cannot take legal action against the rental company if a negligent driver caused their injuries. However, the only time the motorist who rented the car can take legal action against the rental company is if they can prove that the rental company’s negligence caused the accident. For example, suppose the accident was caused due to poor maintenance. In that case, the motorist who rented the vehicle may be able to pursue legal action as the rental company is responsible for ensuring all vehicles are serviced regularly to ensure they are safe to drive.
If another driver was at fault for the collision, you must make a claim with your insurance company to be reimbursed for your losses stemming from the accident. However, you must understand that you signed a contract with the rental company when renting the vehicle. Depending on the specific conditions of the rental agreement, you may be required to pay for the car’s damages within a particular timeframe. If this is the case and your claim has not been resolved, you can file a claim with the other driver to collect monetary compensation for your damages.
If you have been injured in an accident while driving a rental car, contact a qualified car accident lawyer at the Falcon Law Firm. With years of experience, you can trust that our firm is prepared to work tirelessly to help you fight for the just compensation you deserve.