Rental Car Accidents
Florida Rental Car Accident Lawyers
In Florida, rental cars are everywhere. Tourists and business travelers come from across the country and worldwide to visit our beaches, amusement parks, entertainment venues, conference centers, and other major attractions. If you have been involved in a rental car accident, recovering your losses may present certain unique challenges. It will be important to hire an experienced Florida rental car accident lawyer to represent you.
Auto Insurance Claims in Florida Rental Car Accidents
As a Florida resident, you should have personal injury protection (PIP) under your auto insurance policy. This coverage is mandatory under Florida’s “no-fault” insurance law. PIP provides coverage regardless of fault, so you should be able to secure PIP coverage without addressing any questions as to who caused the accident. However, this can be easier said than done, and many Florida drivers struggle to secure full PIP coverage on their own.
To seek insurance coverage outside of PIP, you will need to prove that the rental car driver was negligent. This is true whether:
- The rental car driver has liability insurance; or,
- You have uninsured/underinsured motorist (UIM) coverage under your policy.
Filing a liability claim after a rental car accident is similar to seeking fault-based coverage after any other type of vehicle collision. Your lawyer will need to conduct an investigation, and he or she will need to use the available evidence to prove that the rental car driver was negligent in causing the collision.
Is the Rental Car Company Liable for Florida Accident?
Many people assume that rental car companies are liable for rental car accidents. However, this is not necessarily the case. In fact, under Florida law, the default rule is that a rental car company is not liable simply as a result of one of its vehicles being involved in a collision.
But, while this is the default rule, there are several exceptions, and, in many cases, rental car companies can be held liable for accident victims’ injuries. For example, potential grounds for pursuing liability claims against rental car companies in Florida include:
- The rental car company failed to perform necessary maintenance on the vehicle;
- The rental car company failed to adequately supervise or train its employees; and,
- The rental car company failed to conduct adequate screening to avoid renting a vehicle to an unsafe driver.
In any case, if you were injured in an accident and the other driver, the rental car company, or anyone else was at fault, you deserve to be fully and fairly compensated. At Searcy Denney, our Florida rental car accident lawyers can help, and we encourage you to contact us promptly to discuss your case.
Request a Free Consultation with a Florida Rental Car Accident Lawyer
Were you injured in an accident involving a rental car in Florida? To discuss your legal rights with one of our experienced car accident lawyers in confidence, call us at 800-780-8607 or request a free consultation online now.