Renting a Car

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Getting a Rental Car After Your Accident

Car accidents disrupt our lives down to the smallest detail. While we're consumed with the stress of an accident, the world continues around us. You may wonder, "If my car is wrecked, how will I get to work? How will the kids get to school? How will I get to the grocery store, soccer practice, or anywhere else?"

After your accident, you need to be able to get around. Renting a car might be your best option. In many cases, your insurance company or the insurance company of the driver at fault will cover the costs for a rental car. This page details the finer points of renting a car after an accident – and who's financially responsible for it.

As always, if you've been injured in a car accident, contact our legal professionals at 412-394-1000 or simply complete the form located on the right for a free case review.

Your Insurance and Rental Cars

If you carry Rental Car Reimbursement on your policy, then your insurance company will cover the costs for renting a car up to the limits of your policy. However, it's important to go over the details of your reimbursement plan with your insurance agent. Many policies outline time limits for your rental, as well as mileage caps, and specific vehicle types.

Typically, you'll be allowed to use your rental until your car is repaired or you receive a settlement check after your car was totaled. When you visit the rental office, you will need your claim number and insurance information.

The At-Fault Driver's Insurance and Your Rental Car

If you don't have Rental Car Reimbursement, then you can elect to work with the at-fault driver's insurance company to pay for a rental car. In cases where it's easily determined that their driver is at fault, they may offer to make arrangements with a rental company to provide you a car. However, more often than not, you will be left to do the legwork when dealing with an insurance company other than your own.

Make sure you understand the limits and conditions of the insurance company covering your rental. Otherwise, they may stick you with part of the bill. They may enforce requirements regarding mileage, time allowed to rent, and car type. When you speak with them, confirm that the cost is covered before you pick up your rental car. Bring the claim number and rental information with you when you pick up your rental. Don't use your own money.

Have More Car Accident Questions? We Have Answers

After your accident, you could be overwhelmed with questions. We're here to get you the answer you need to get your life back in order. Some common questions we hear after a car accident include:

If you've been injured after a car accident, contact our legal professionals for a free consultation. We're available 24/7 at 412-394-1000 or reach us online by completing the form located in the top right corner of this page.

There's never a fee to speak with our legal professionals, and there's no obligation to use our services. If you hire us and we don't recover money for your injuries, then you won't owe us anything for our services. Remember, there's never a fee unless – and until – we get money for you.