Karen’s recent accident was rough. She had a severe case of whiplash and just couldn’t shake her headache. As she took her car in to get the property damage repaired, the mechanic told her it would take a few days before they could get the parts necessary to fix her car. The damage to her car made it unusable for driving. At this point, she was unsure what to do. She needed a car for work, so she would have to get a rental, but would she have to pay for it? The car accident wasn’t her fault. It seemed unfair that she would be punished for someone else’s recklessness. What options did she have?
Every day, we have clients who deal with a similar problem. They temporarily lose the use of their vehicle and are forced to get a rental car. But do they have to pay for it? The short answer is no. If the accident were the other person’s fault, the other person would typically pay for your rental car. This payment is usually included in insurance policies. Sometimes, however, the insurance company will drag their feet. We understand that you need transportation. For many people, this can be a significant source of stress and worry.
Unfortunately, insurance companies frequently employ stall tactics. For example, sometimes, insurance companies will tell you that they cannot get you into a rental car because they are being held up by some paperwork or they haven’t discussed it with the other side. In these cases, the insurance company is working in their own interest. They hope that if they sit and wait long enough, you will move on and find an alternative. Similarly, they will often earn interest on the money by waiting.
A seasoned attorney will know these common delays and help you avoid them. Here at The Advocates Law Firm, we have seen these types of tactics used time and time again. We will not allow the insurance company to violate your rights and keep you from getting what you deserve.
Another problem our firm sees is the amount of money that an insurance company is willing to pay. Often, an insurance company will give you a low amount that cannot cover the costs of a rental car. In these types of situations, we can help negotiate the price. Frequently, clients struggle to negotiate with insurance companies because they don’t have any experience with negotiating.
We have the clout and the expertise to negotiate with the insurance company. We understand what is on the line and will not back down.
If you are in need of a rental car, don’t hesitate to call. We are accustomed to making these types of recommendations. After a car accident, there is a seemingly infinite number of things that you have to handle. For some of our clients, the idea of having to shop around to find a rental car can seem daunting following their accident. We can help eliminate some of the inconvenience so you can focus on healing from your injuries.