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Your vehicle can suffer significant damage during a car accident. It may need significant repairs, or it may be damaged beyond repair, leaving you needing a new vehicle. At this time, you will need a rental car to get to and from work, run daily errands, and get to all the other places you need to go. So, who will pay for your rental car, and how can you include a rental vehicle in your insurance claim? Our Georgia car accident lawyer answers these questions below.
Who is Liable for Paying for a Rental Car After an Accident?
If another motorist’s negligence caused your accident, their insurance company is responsible for paying the cost of your rental vehicle. When you contact the insurer to start your claim, you can simply include the cost of your rental within your claim. The adjuster may advise on whether a rental is included in your claim, but it is always recommended that you allow a lawyer to review the policy to determine if the insurer is obligated to pay for the rental car.
The insurance company may pay directly for the rental car, or they may reimburse you after you have paid for it. Either way, the rental company may require you to provide a credit card for a deposit. You can include the cost of the deposit in your insurance claim.
Can You Choose the Rental Company You Use?
The rental company you use will depend on whether the insurer is paying the company directly or reimbursing you for the cost. If the insurance company is directly paying for the rental car, you will need to use the rental company they choose. If you are getting reimbursed for the cost, you can choose whichever company you prefer. Still, you should ask the insurance company to approve the company and the class of vehicle first to avoid any issues later.
Our Car Accident Lawyers in Georgia Can Help You Get a Rental Car
There is a lot to think about after a car accident. At Wetherington Law Firm, our Georgia car accident lawyers will handle every detail of your claim to ensure you have everything you need in the days, weeks, and months that follow. Call us now at (470) 410-9680 or fill out our online form to schedule a consultation with one of our experienced attorneys and to learn more about how we can help with your case.