The injury attorneys at Phoenix Accident and Injury Law Firm near you have significant experience in helping clients who need help getting car rental reimbursement after accident. Our offices are conveniently located in nearby Chandler, Peoria, and North Phoenix, and we can meet in person at our nearby offices, over the phone, or via video call. You can contact us for a free consultation, or read on to find out more.
By the way, we will also help with other problems that have cost you sleep, like getting a rental car soon and finding a nearby doctor to help you. Even the best legal team isn’t good enough if your quality of life isn’t sustainable while justice and compensation are on the way. The whole point of legal action is to regain quality of life, so we help you long-term as attorneys and short-term as your go-to people. Our familiarity with the local Phoenix courts makes us confident that we can help you get the best settlement possible.
To get car rental reimbursement after accident, either you or the at-fault driver must have rental car coverage. You must also carry collision coverage to get your vehicle repaired by your carrier.
You may speak to an insurance adjuster or even your own insurance company regarding getting car rental reimbursement after accident. It is crucial to understand your rights and options when dealing with insurance companies. You also want to ensure your vehicle is repaired or replaced for a fair price.
Here are the steps to take to get your vehicle repaired, and in the meantime, get car rental reimbursement after accident so you can get around and carry on with your life as usual.
Many folks, possibly including you, are hesitant to use their insurance coverage. It seems wrong and unfair. If someone else caused you harm, why should your insurance company pay for this?
There are three reasons why you should use your coverage:
First, you have been paying for coverage for this exact reason. Now is your chance to use it.
Second, you are not paying out of your pocket. Using this coverage costs you nothing.
Third, and possibly the best reason: There are no hoops to jump through to use your coverage, unlike the other party’s policy.
Check the back of your wallet-sized insurance coverage policy and see if you carry both rental coverage and collision coverage.
If you use your auto insurance provider to fix your car, the repairs are often completed much more quickly. Your provider is legally obligated to provide coverage. You will probably have to pay your deductible, but you can always get reimbursed for it through the third-party insurer later.
If your policy doesn’t denote what coverages are available, contact your agent directly and ask.
If you do have collision coverage, you may proceed with your claim.
Let them know the details of the accident and book a rental car. Choose which auto body shop to send your vehicle to for evaluation.
Your carrier usually has a property adjuster who can come directly to you. Use that service when you can.
If you do not carry either rental coverage and/or collision coverage, read the next section.
The first thing to do is call the other driver’s insurance company and find out if they carry any coverage.
However, you will need to discuss the claim with them before they provide you with information about car rental reimbursement after accident. Ideally, their driver has already admitted fault. If not, then they will need to wait for the police report to confirm their driver is at fault.
They will also try to determine whether you contributed to the accident, or could have been driving differently, in an attempt to hold you partially at fault for the accident. Keep that in mind when discussing the claim with the at-fault driver’s adjuster.
An insurance adjuster is an employee of the insurance company who determines who is at fault and pays the claim. Typically, a third-party adjuster will ask you to give a recorded statement. This is the adjuster’s first chance to get your version of what happened. Since it is being recorded, you will be stuck with whatever you say, even if it doesn’t come out quite right.
Important tip: Consult an auto accident attorney before you give a recorded statement to the third-party adjuster.
If you decide to give a recorded statement without the help of an attorney (not recommended), keep several things in mind:
Be careful with any admissions and agree to any facts that you are not aware of.
Assuming the other driver is completely at fault for the accident, keep in mind you have the right to have your car repaired wherever you choose.
If the at-fault driver does not carry rental coverage, you are entitled to get paid a certain amount each day you are unable to drive your car.
In addition, the at-fault driver, or his insurer, also has to compensate you for:
If the cost to fix your car exceeds a certain percentage of its pre-accident value, the insurance company will total your vehicle. As a rule of thumb, that percentage cut-off is typically 70% of the value of the vehicle.
If your car was totaled, the insurance company must pay you the cash value of your vehicle. They usually will mail you a check.
The overall condition and mileage of your vehicle will affect its value. Similarly, any recent work done to the vehicle, or money put into it, will raise its value.
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The majority of car rental reimbursement after accident claims are resolved without the help of an attorney. You only need an attorney if:
If you are having difficulty with the insurance adjuster handling your claim, it is advisable to contact an attorney.
If you are not claiming any bodily injuries, you may want to consult with a personal injury attorney about handling your property damage claim. However, you are unlikely to retain one for just this purpose.
At Phoenix Accident and Injury Law Firm near you, we have more than 15 years of experience helping clients obtain compensation for their injuries and get car rental reimbursement after accident in the Phoenix area. When you’re ready to talk, please contact our office to arrange a free initial consultation by phone or at our Chandler office, conveniently located near you.
If you have been in an auto accident and get car rental reimbursement after accident, contact Phoenix Accident and Injury Law Firm in nearby Chandler, AZ to speak with an experienced personal injury attorney. We provide personal injury legal services to clients in your area including Chandler, Gilbert, Mesa, Scottsdale, Tempe, and Peoria.