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How to handle an accident in a rental car?

On Behalf of | Apr 21, 2022 | Personal Injury |

Renting a car when on vacation or a business trip makes things more convenient. You don’t have to rely on others for a ride or pay for public transportation.

However, there’s still a risk of an accident. If someone hits you and you have an accident in your rental vehicle, do you know what to do? Taking the right steps is essential in this situation.

Get to safety

In any accident, the first step is to make sure you are safe after the collision. If you can remove the car from the road, do so; however, if you can’t, make sure you, your passengers, and others in the accident move to safety.

Gather evidence

Try to take photos of the accident scene, damage to your rental car and any injuries you sustained. While you don’t need to have lengthy conversations with the other parties involved, be sure to talk to the police and request a copy of the accident report for your records.

Contact the rental car company

You need to report the accident to the rental car company right away. You can find out what the company wants to do with the vehicle. For example, if it is drivable, they may want you to bring it in or arrange to have it towed.

Get a medical check-up

Accidents in rental cars are more common than some people realize. Knowing what to do in these situations will help you take the right steps to protect your rights and claim compensation for any injuries or costs the other driver caused you. As well as get the rental company off your back.