Accidents involving rental cars can make it difficult to know who is responsible for your injuries and other damages. Attempting to handle your own claim may result in an offer of settlement which is substantially lower than you deserve. If you have been seriously injured in a rental car accident that was the result of the fault of another, a Manhattan rental car accident lawyer from Dansker & Aspromonte Associates can help you fight for the compensation you deserve.
Since 1988, our lawyers have fought for the best possible outcome for rental accident victims just like you. We can help you with every step of your claim or lawsuit.
How We Handle Your Case
Every case is unique. After you consult with one of our experienced and dedicated lawyers, we will conduct a careful evaluation of your case to determine how we can help you best. In most instances, a thorough investigation will be undertaken to gather the facts and evidence which we will use to fight for you. A typical investigation may include:
- Gathering all accident details such as the police report, video, and accident photos
- Interviewing accident witnesses
- Obtaining vehicle repair or inspection records
- Demanding sworn statements of all drivers
- Requesting all medical and hospital records
- Consulting with experts in accident reconstruction
- Retaining medical experts to determine the full effects of your injuries and future prognosis
- Evaluating all economic impacts such as lost wages and medical expenses
- Calculating all out-of-pocket expenses
In addition to gathering all necessary evidence to build your case, our lawyers will also handle all communication on your behalf, file all claims in a timely manner to protect your rights, and negotiate with the at-fault party for a fair and reasonable settlement without the need for trial. Our office builds every case in preparation for trial, if necessary. Therefore, if the other side fails to offer fair compensation, our lawyers will present your case before a jury at trial.
Damages We Can Pursue
Serious injuries come with serious costs, not just in terms of money but also in terms of time spent recovering, effects on your life, and impacts on your job. Depending upon the facts of your case, New York law permits us to demand fair and reasonable compensation for each of the following types of damages you actually suffered or will likely suffer in the future:
- Pain and suffering for all physical and emotional injuries
- Loss of enjoyment of life
- Future pain and suffering
- Loss of wages or employment benefits
- Future loss of wages or employment benefits
- Out-of-pocket medical expenses
- Loss of services around the home
There may be unique circumstances in your case that entitle you to other benefits not listed above. Through your medical records, expert consultation, and other analysis, we can work together to determine each and every type and amount of compensation you deserve.
Don’t Worry About Legal Fees
If we agree to accept your case, you will not be required to pay us any legal fee upfront. We only earn a fee when you recover compensation.
Pursuing the Car Rental Company
According to the New York State Attorney General, car rental companies are required to provide a minimum amount of coverage for accidents in New York, including $25,000 of bodily injury liability protection for one injured person and $50,000 for more than one. That may sound like a lot, but if you sustained serious injuries, your losses may be worth substantially more than the available coverage.
If the negligent driver purchased supplemental insurance from the rental company, that can provide additional coverage, usually up to $1 million. However, many drivers opt out of supplemental insurance when they already have personal insurance.
Due to changes in New York law, rental car companies themselves are only legally responsible to pay for damages under rare circumstances such as if the accident was the result of their own failure to properly maintain the rental vehicle.
Dealing with insurance companies alone can be uniquely stressful, especially if those companies deny responsibility, blame others, offer an unfair settlement or encourage you to make statements that hurt your claim. Don’t let this happen to you. Contact our lawyers immediately.
Pursuing the Driver
If you have been seriously injured by a rental vehicle, the driver of the rental vehicle may have additional insurance coverage from a vehicle in his or her household. In some instances, you may be entitled to recover compensation from multiple sources including the rental car company, the driver’s own home insurance company and even your own vehicle insurance company in certain circumstances.
In order to protect your rights, contact our lawyers as soon as possible. For example, if a driver in a rental car is involved in an accident causing serious injuries but fails to notify his own insurance company in a timely manner, that insurance company may have the right to refuse to provide insurance to any injured person. When you retain us to represent you, we will ensure that all potential insurance companies are notified immediately. Our lawyers will also carefully examine your claim so that all available insurance coverage is identified.
We Fight for Your Right to Recover Damages
We represent clients throughout the New York City metropolitan area, including Manhattan, Brooklyn, the Bronx, Queens, Staten Island, and Nassau and Suffolk Counties. If you suffered an accident involving a rental, a Manhattan rental car accident lawyer on our team can help.
Call a team member from Dansker & Aspromonte Associates to receive a free consultation at (212) 732-2929. If you feel that you have been injured by another’s fault, don’t delay speaking to our lawyers. There are certain deadlines that limit your rights. If you fail to bring your claim for benefits and damages, you may be prevented from recovering the compensation you deserve.