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Hit by someone driving a rental car? Here's what to do

California is a popular tourist destination, bringing in people from all over the country and even the world. With an excess of tourists comes an excess of individuals driving around rental cars. Rental cars have a high collision rate, and it is helpful to know what do if you get into an accident with someone driving one.

According to a recent study, drivers of rental cars tend to be more inattentive, display poor driving skills and are more aggressive when operating a motor vehicle compared to drivers of nonrental cars.

Step 1: Are you okay?

Make sure you and the other driver are okay. This is crucial after involvement in a motor vehicle accident. Once you are sure that all parties involved do not need immediate medical attention, move your vehicles out of the road and continue to the next steps.

Step 2: Information

Exchange information with the other driver. You never want to be in a situation where you can not get in contact with the person who hit you. That is why it is advantageous to write down the most information you can about the accident. Some helpful information to make sure you receive from them include:

  • Name and contact information
  • Insurance company and policy number
  • License plate number and drivers ID number
  • Name of the rental car company
  • Photo evidence of the damage

Step 3: Insurance and compensation

Most insurance companies' coverage follows the driver and not the vehicle that they are using, meaning if the other driver is insured, their company should cover the damages done to your vehicle. However, one does not need to have car insurance in order to drive a rental car. Most rental companies offer insurance when the car is being rented, so you may need to go through the rental service.

It is important to note that it is rare for one to be able to sue a rental car company, as the liability typically falls on the driver of the rented car.

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