Rental Car Accidents

California has over 1000 car rental companies. The possibility of these rental cars never being involved in an accident is zero. When you are injured with someone who is renting a car, there are aspects of the case that are not like a normal automobile-personal injury action. One such issue that comes into play is insurance coverage, or multiple insurance coverages.. That is why the Law Offices of Brown & Gessell are here to ensure that you are protected if you get into an accident with a rental here in California. We at Brown & Gessell are the local lawyers you need to receive the outcome you should be entitled to. When you find yourself in Stockton, head to our North Stockton office. We will provide you with the knowledge and experience that services not only Stockton but San Joaquin Valley and all of Northern California. If you have had an accident in a rental car, please contact our office by phone at (209) 430-5480.

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Tips on what to Do After an Accident

It is important that you do not discuss the accident, at the scene or with insurance representatives. Your first priority is your safety and well-being. Once you are in a position and at your earliest opportunity, contact our informed car accident lawyers here at the Law Offices of Brown & Gessell. We can then assist you in the proper steps you can take to protect yourself and your loved ones with any potential personal injury claim.

If you have rented a vehicle, keep in mind that you are contractually obligated to return it in the same condition as when you drove it off the lot. This can be a daunting thought after an accident. We know you will be going through many pains, both physical and mental, and we will fight hard to make sure the responsible party will pay for the repair of the rental vehicle. Although we do not usually address property damages, we can intervene to help deal with the rental car company.

At times, there may be both an insurance policy obtained by the potential defendant from the rental car company and a personal policy. We work to discover them and to determine the applicability of insurance coverage, which can come into play depending on the extent of your injuries and damages.

It should be understood that California is a comparative fault state. This means that, even if you are partially at fault, you can still recover some damages. This is important in rental car accidents due to the obligation to repair the rental. This is a big improvement over the previously used concept of contributory negligence, which meant that if the courts decided you were even slightly at fault, you would not be entitled to recover any damages. This newer concept of comparative fault is a better system that helps plaintiffs receive some damages, even if it is discovered some of the fault lies with them. This applies to property and bodily injury damages alike.

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Hire Experienced Accident Attorneys

We bring these points up to help illustrate our experience in such matters. Brown & Gessell are your professional and aggressive advocates. Not to mention, our results speak for themselves. Although there are no guarantees, our focus on honesty, hard work, and dedication has gotten our clients millions in personal injury payouts. We pride ourselves on our expertise and understanding of all aspects of a personal injury case, including those involving a rented vehicle.

We also pride ourselves in the access we provide to the citizens of California. We know any accident can be a hard time, and finding the right lawyer can be difficult. That is why we offer a free initial consultation and flexible business hours. We will be there at the beginning of your case and we will see it through to the end. The access we provide is not restricted to English speakers. We know there is a large portion of the California population that speaks Spanish and Brown & Gessell has you covered with our bilingual services.

You might be asking yourself if it is even worth it to get a lawyer. The answer is usually,YES! Our results prove this. There are aspects of even the most simple car accident cases that are challenging. This includes the resolution of medical liens. Normally, when your health insurance company pays for your medical care, you will have a contractual obligation to pay them back if you recover against an offending driver. If you do not resolve such claims, your health insurer can pursue an action against you for debt recovery, and it can affect your credit. We at Brown & Gesselll also work to reduce these liens to ensure that you receive more money from your settlement. You need Brown & Gessell to assist you in making the right decisions to guarantee you are not left hurt and with repercussions that you could have filed a claim on. Not only can we assist in helping you recover financially from an accident, but if someone is grossly negligent, we can work to get you punitive damages beyond just the money necessary to fix and repair your rental and any personal injury.

As stated, there are many car rental companies in California. With so many rental cars on the road, an accident is likely to happen; also, rental cars experience a higher collision rate compared to non-rental cars. So whether you are renting or the offending driver is renting a vehicle, contacting our law office is an important step to ensure the situation is dealt with properly.

Here at the Law Offices of Brown & Gessell, our personal injury attorneys can help you decide whether you should file suit against another driver, whether you should settle out of court, and how much compensation you should expect if your case goes to trial. We have many examples of the results you can expect on our website. To get us started on your case, reach out and call us at (209) 430-5480, or email at or through a website submission.