Rental cars can prove essential when you are traveling or your car is in the shop. No one wants to be involved in an accident while driving a rental car or with a rental car, but at times these accidents do occur. Car accidents involving rental cars can present complexities due to the multiple insurance companies often involved. If you are driving the rental car, the car rental company may attempt to hold you liable for some of the damages. If you are hit by a rental car, you might be unsure who you can recover from. In either scenario, the rental car company’s involvement may muddy the waters and make for a more complex legal action.

At Stein & Shulman, LLC, our Chicago car accident attorneys understand the challenges associated with rental car accidents. We believe you should not be forced to bear the expenses of a rental car accident alone. Our firm will fight to see that you obtain the maximum compensation to which you are entitled under Illinois law, which may include medical expenses, pain and suffering, and lost wages.

Liability of Rental Car Drivers

Generally, when someone rents a car, they are responsible for the property damage they cause to the rental vehicle and for paying for the vehicle during the rental period. The rental car may come with varying degrees of liability coverage. At times, the car will include liability only insurance, so drivers may be stuck dipping into their own personal insurance to cover the damage.

The car rental company is required by law to carry liability insurance, but this coverage could be comprehensive or collision. Often, drivers will be given the option to purchase additional coverage or to purchase a collision waiver at the time of renting the vehicle. If these options are purchased, the driver may be able to resolve the collision with no personal liability.

Anyone involved in an accident while driving a rental car should notify their insurance company. Their collision coverage may include coverage for rental car accidents. If you are unsure of your rights in the event of a rental car accident, contact a licensed car accident attorney as soon as possible.

Victims of Rental Car Crashes

If you are injured by someone driving a rental car, you may need to file a claim against the rental company’s insurance and/or the driver’s insurance company. Issues may arise with rental car claims if the rental car company does not carry adequate coverage for your injuries. A car accident attorney will review your accident and provide you with an analysis of your legal rights.

Experienced and Dedicated Car Accident Attorneys

If you have been injured in a car accident in Illinois, contact the Chicago Car Accident Attorneys at Stein & Shulman, LLC. Accidents involving a rental car can be complex, but our experienced law firm will fight to see that you obtain the full coverage you deserve. Our firm has achieved over 40 million in settlements and verdicts for our valued clients. Contact us today for a free consultation with one of our skilled car accident lawyers at 312.422.0500 or by filling out a free contact form online.