When you rent a car while you’re on vacation, on a business trip, or while your regular car is being repaired, you’re probably not thinking that’ll you’ll be in an accident. You can’t tell when an accident will occur, so it pays to know what to do in case you’re in a wreck while driving a rental car. The car crash lawyers at Pitman & Petro Attorneys at Law offer the following advice for what you should do if you’re in a rental car crash:
Call 911 If Injured
Making sure everyone is safe and gets any medical care they may need is the top priority, of course. Call 911 or seek medical attention, and try to get everyone out of the way of traffic if you can safely do so without causing further injury.
Call the Police
The police will question you and the other driver, as well as any witnesses at the scene. They’ll file an accident report, which can help you with your insurance claim or with legal action.
Use your cellphone to take photos of the damage to your rental car and any other car involved in the accident. Make sure to get close-up photos as well as ones that show more perspective on exactly where the accident happened. Exchange insurance information with the other driver, and get the names and contact information of any witnesses.
Call the Car Rental Company
You’ll need to call the car rental company as soon as possible and tell them about the accident. Check the paperwork when you rented the car, and ask the company how you should proceed.
Watch What You Say
At the scene of the accident, it can be easy to say, “I’m sorry” without even thinking. Don’t say anything that others could misconstrue as an admission of fault. Answer the police officer’s questions truthfully, but you may want to consult a lawyer before speaking with the other driver’s insurance company and certainly before you agree to anything.
Get help from Tennessee Car Crash Lawyers
An accident claim can be involved and time-consuming when there’s a question of fault; or about the extent and value of damages to property or injuries. This is especially true if you have the added complication of the accident occurring in a rental car. You’ll need experienced, professional help to make sure to represent your rights and you don’t make any costly mistakes.
If you’ve been in a car accident in a rental car, call the Tennessee car crash lawyers with Pitman & Petro Attorneys at Law at (615) 422-2222. Our office hours are 8 a.m. – 5 p.m., but you can reach us 24/7 when you need help.