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By Jarome Gautreaux

When you rent a car and get injured in an accident, it is crucial to understand both your rights and responsibilities. As a renter, you have the right to expect that the vehicle is safe and in good condition. If the accident was not your fault, you might be entitled to compensation for your injuries and damages. However, you also have responsibilities that go along with renting a car. You must report the accident to the rental agency and your insurance company immediately, following the rental agreement terms and cooperating with any investigations. It is essential to document everything and understand the coverage provided by your insurance and any additional insurance you may have purchased through the rental company.

Your Rights If You Are Injured While In A Rental Car

You can seek medical treatment for your injuries immediately following the accident. You can file a claim with the car rental company’s insurance, your car insurance (if it covers rental cars), or the at-fault driver’s insurance, depending on the circumstances of the accident. In addition, you have the right to consult with and hire an attorney to represent you in matters related to the accident, including negotiations with insurance companies and litigation. If you are not at fault, you may be entitled to compensation for medical bills, lost wages, and pain and suffering resulting from the accident. You can request a copy of the police report or accident report for your records and to assist with your claim.

Your Responsibilities If You Are Injured While In A Rental Car

You must report the accident to the police, the rental company, and the insurance provider immediately. You should cooperate with all investigations into the accident by the police, insurance companies, and the rental car company. You are responsible for documenting the accident scene, your injuries, and any damages. Take photos and notes, and keep all receipts for medical care and other expenses. You need to comply with the terms of your rental agreement, which may have specific stipulations about what to do in the event of an accident. In addition, you must communicate with the involved insurance companies regarding the accident, which includes your insurance, the rental company’s insurance, and possibly the other driver’s insurance. You must attend all court dates and other legal appointments if the accident results in legal proceedings. Lastly, ensure that you follow Georgia state laws regarding car accidents, including the statute of limitations for filing a lawsuit related to the accident. In Georgia, the statute of limitations for car accident claims is generally two years from the accident date.


The details of your rights and responsibilities may vary based on the specifics of the accident, your insurance coverage, and the rental car agreement. Consult with an experienced Georgia personal injury attorney who can help you. Contact Gautreaux Law to let us help you protect your interests if you or someone you love has been injured while a passenger or while driving in a rental car.

About the Author
Jarome Gautreaux is a personal injury trial lawyer. He represents people who have been seriously injured, as well as the families of people killed because of carelessness or negligence. For over 20 years, he has successfully recovered more than 100 million dollars in a variety of Macon personal injury cases. Jarome’s reputation for client focus and case success has led to other lawyers requesting his assistance with complex personal injury litigation. What drives Jarome every day is his strong belief that the amount of money someone has should not dictate the justice they receive. It is for this reason that he has never worked for corporations, insurance companies, or other interest groups. Instead, he thrives on helping the people who need it most- people who have suffered at the hands of others and deserve compensation.