Your Atlanta car accident lawyer can help you get a rental car following a collision. They will work with the at-fault driver’s auto liability insurance provider to ensure the cost of your rental vehicle is covered while your car is being evaluated by the body shop, waiting on an estimate, and undergoing repairs.
Even if the insurance carrier is not cooperating, your lawyer can help you by working with your collision coverage policy provider or taking other steps to secure a rental car for you to drive during this time. You will need to speak to the law firm or mention this to your lawyer to ensure they know you need assistance.
Your Attorney Can Help You Get a Rental Car
When another driver is at fault in a collision, their insurance company will be responsible for any costs associated with your medical care, car repairs, missed work, and more. Your attorney’s job is to ensure you receive the coverage you deserve based on the case facts and the other driver’s auto liability policy. Arranging a rental car for you is often a part of this task.
The insurance company may be willing to agree to the rental car costs before many other expenses and losses. Ensuring you have a rental car allows you to return to your job, meaning less lost income they might have to cover in a settlement or court award.
When you hire a personal injury lawyer to manage your case, they often handle a wide range of services for their client. This differs somewhat from firm to firm, but some might even schedule appointments or ensure you have a ride to pick up the rental car.
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The At-Fault Driver Should Cover the Cost of Your Rental Car
In general, in Georgia, the person who caused your crash is responsible for all related expenses and losses. This includes providing transportation for you while your car undergoes repairs. It could take time to get the money to cover these costs, but that is something your attorney can worry about.
Your car accident lawyer knows how to calculate the fair settlement range of your case. This will include the cost of your rental car, alongside a long list of other recoverable damages you incurred because of the accident.
What If My Insurance Covers Rental Car Costs?
If you have collision or full coverage insurance on your vehicle, your insurance carrier will likely manage this process instead of your lawyer. They will pay the money for your rental car and car repairs—minus your deductible—and then recover the money from the at-fault driver’s insurer through a process known as subrogation. You could receive a check for the cost of your deductible if they recover the full amount.
What If My Car Is a Total Loss?
If the collision totaled your car, you will likely only have rental car coverage for a limited time following the news of the complete loss. However, you should have a reasonable period to go car shopping, get financing, or take other necessary steps to replace your vehicle. The other driver will also be responsible for costs such as registering the new vehicle.
If you have any other questions about a rental car, your insurer should be able to help.
What Else Is the At-Fault Driver Responsible for Paying?
When a careless or reckless driver causes a collision, the expenses and losses the victims incur become the basis for the compensation they seek through an insurance settlement or court payout. The at-fault driver is responsible for paying for all the economic and non-economic costs they caused the victim.
This will vary by case but often includes damages such as:
- Medical bills
- Future estimated medical treatment costs
- Lost income
- Reduced ability to work and earn based on lasting injuries
- Car repair or replacement
- Rental car costs
- Other miscellaneous expenses
- Pain and suffering damages
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How Can a Car Accident Lawyer Make This Process Easier for Me?
Your lawyer’s goal is to hold the liable party or parties who caused your accident accountable for their carelessness or recklessness. They acted negligently behind the wheel and caused a crash. Your attorney will:
- Investigate what happened
- Gather evidence
- Build a compelling case to show what happened
- Document your recoverable damages, including the cost of a rental car and anything related to your car repair or replacement
- Value the case
- Handle other tasks to make this difficult time easier for you
- Demand fair compensation from the at-fault party’s insurance carrier
- Negotiate for a fair settlement or litigate the case
Some types of crashes, such as truck accidents, are more complex. Liability is not always as clear-cut, and multiple parties might be legally responsible. You will want an attorney who understands how to handle these cases and navigate the process representing you. You do not want to take on a trucking company or its legal team on your own.
Sometimes, it is necessary to sue the at-fault driver and litigate the case to recover fair compensation. When this occurs, you generally have two years from the accident date to begin your lawsuit under O.C.G.A § 9-3-33. Your attorney can ensure you meet this and other applicable deadlines as long as they are working on your case in time to do so.
Discuss Your Atlanta Car Accident With Our Team for Free
Bader Scott Injury Lawyers provides free consultations for crash victims hurt in Georgia. As a part of representing car accident victims, we assist in arranging rental cars, scheduling appointments, and helping them prepare for the next steps in their legal case for compensation.
Contact us now to learn more about how we can help you get back on your feet after an accident. We are here for you.