Renting a car can be a convenient way to get around, but Maryland accidents can happen regardless of the vehicle you are driving. If you find yourself in an accident while driving a rental car, there are several steps you should take to ensure your safety and protect your interests.
Check for injuries
Before anything else, you should check for injuries after a car accident. If anyone is hurt, call for emergency medical services immediately. If you or anyone else involved in the accident has sustained injuries, seek medical attention as soon as possible to increase the probability of a full recovery.
Call the police
If the rental car accident you are in is serious, call the police. They can help you file a report. A police report can be important if there is any dispute over who was at fault and can play an essential role in your claim.
Exchange information with the other driver, including names, addresses, phone numbers, insurance information and driver’s license numbers. Take pictures of the damage to both cars and the license plates so you have a record of the incident, especially if the other driver attempts to leave the scene.
Contact the rental car company
The rental car company will advise you on what to do next and provide you with instructions on how to return the car. If the accident was not your fault, the rental car company may be able to help you file a claim with the other driver’s insurance company.
Review the rental agreement
Review the rental agreement you signed when you rented the car. The agreement outlines the company’s policy on accidents and damage to the car. It may also include information about insurance coverage and deductibles.
Examine insurance coverage
If you purchased insurance coverage when you rented the car, contact the rental car company to understand the coverage and the steps required to file a claim. If you have personal auto insurance or credit card insurance, contact those companies as well to determine if they provide coverage for rental car accidents.
Remain calm and act in your best interest
If you have an accident in a rental car, remaining calm and taking the appropriate steps to ensure your safety will help you navigate the situation. By remaining alert and being proactive about collecting information and seeking assistance, you can minimize the impact of the accident and get back on the road as soon as possible.