If you suffered injuries in a traffic accident while driving a rental car, or if you were hit by a person in a rental car, knowing how to navigate the claims process can be difficult. You may need to identify the insurance policies in play, prove negligence and liability, and build a case to defend your rights. During this process, the rental car company may be pursuing additional compensation from you, even if the other driver was at fault in the accident.
A car accident attorney in Gulfport from the Morris Bart law firm can handle all communication with the rental car company, insurer, and others and navigate this process for you if we believe you qualify. We may be able to help you recover compensation for your medical bills, lost wages, mental anguish, and more.
Let a member of our team review your case for free today. Call (228) 357-9621 to get started.
Navigating Your Rental Car Accident Claim or Suit
Even if you are not in an accident, understanding rental car insurance can be difficult. There are several common ways that a rental car can be insured. These may include:
- Purchasing the coverage offered by the rental car company
- Using a credit card that offers rental car insurance coverage as a perk
- Having rental car insurance coverage from your normal car insurance policy, if available
It is important to note that these policies may have limitations in their fine print that could impact your case.
If another driver hits your rental car in their personal vehicle, that person’s auto liability policy should cover your damages as well as the repairs to the rental car. This is possible because of Mississippi’s personal injury laws, which allows accident victims to hold a negligent party accountable for the injuries they caused.
This may proceed like a normal traffic accident case, except you will need to keep in mind the damages you could owe to the rental car company. If the other driver was renting the car that hit you, you may need to identify the coverage they chose, review the policy, and file your claim based on that policy.
At the Morris Bart law firm, our team recognizes how complicated this can seem. We can navigate these steps for you and file your claim if we believe you have a case. Call (228) 357-9621 today to get started with a complimentary consultation on your case with a member of our team.
For a free legal consultation with a Rental Car Accident lawyer serving Gulfport, call 800-537-8185
Let Morris Bart, LTD Pursue Compensation for You
A Gulfport rental car accident lawyer from the Morris Bart law firm can help you sort out the facts of your rental car accident case. We can help you understand the insurance policies in play, the strengths of your case, and any weaknesses we identify. We can also handle all communications and negotiations with the rental car company’s insurance agents and lawyers.
Our team can build you a strong case if you qualify to take legal action. This may include:
- Identifying the liable party
- Requesting a copy of the accident report
- Interviewing witnesses of the accident
- Gathering all available physical evidence
- Performing an accident reconstruction with help from experts
- Working with medical experts and to document your injuries and prognosis
- Documenting your losses
Seeking Damages After a Rental Car Accident
In rental car accident cases, there may be more involved parties than in a typical car accident case. Not only do we have to consider the liable driver and their insurer, but also the rental car company and potentially their legal team. At the Morris Bart law firm, we know what to expect and the steps we need to take to protect your rights in this type of case.
Some of the expenses, losses, and other damages we may seek in your case, depending on the circumstances of your accident, include:
- Current and future medical care, including hospitalization and other costs
- Ongoing care costs for catastrophic injuries
- Current and future lost income and benefits
- Diminished earning capacity
- Damage to the rental car
- Property damages to any of your personal property
- Pain and suffering damages
- Other non-economic damages
We can also pursue wrongful death damages if a member of your family died as a result of their car accident injuries. To learn more about filing a wrongful death lawsuit, call the Morris Bart law firm today.
The Statute of Limitations Sets a Time Limit to Sue
In order to protect your rights, it is very important that we meet all applicable state deadlines in your case. Mississippi Code § 15-1-49 puts a general three-year statute of limitations on personal injury lawsuits in Mississippi.
Missing this deadline could mean losing the right to take the at-fault driver to court and hold them legally responsible. It could also make it very difficult to reach a fair out-of-court settlement.
Call Morris Bart, LTD Today
A Gulfport rental car accident lawyer from the Morris Bart law firm can help you sort out your rental car accident case and pursue compensation from the driver who caused it. Working with our team can reduce your stress and allow you to focus on your physical and emotional recovery.
You can speak to a member of the Morris Bart law firm team serving Gulfport by calling (228) 357-9621. Our case evaluations are free. We handle our cases on a contingency-fee-basis with no up-front payment required. Contact us to learn more about how we can help you today!
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