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Rental Vehicle Accident

The rental car industry in Florida is, understandably, quite large. With tourists, residents and vacationers making use of rental vehicles on the expansive highways and roads within the state, this sector is only becoming larger. Considering their prevalence in the Sunshine State, the chances for you to be involved in an accident with one of these rentals becomes quite high.

Although motor vehicle accidents are common in Florida, there are certain collisions that warrant a strong and direct response from the victim. Those that involve negligence on the part of the party that caused the accident are inexcusable. When another acts in a careless or reckless manner and these actions lead to a serious injury, it is well within your legal rights to pursue litigation.

With the help of a capable and determined auto accident lawyer in Florida, you can hold the offending party responsible for their actions (or inaction) and prove in court that they owe you compensation in the form of damages.

Melbourne Rental Car Accident Attorney

The most important time following a rental car accident is the few days after the collision occurs. Identifying the negligent party, gathering evidence, interviewing witnesses and valuing your injuries are all vital aspects of the legal process and must be undertaken in a timely and efficient manner.

James Coulter of  The Law Offices of James B. Coulter know exactly what needs to be done in a rental car accident situation and will draw on their extensive prior experience in these cases to develop a strategy that places you in a strong legal position. Dedicated to protecting your rights while offering cost-effective counsel, our firm proudly stands up to the selfish interests of defendants, rental companies and insurers to make certain that you are given a fair opportunity, all while extending their legal services on a contingency basis. This means that we will only collect fees if you win your case.

Conveniently located in Brevard County, The Law Offices of James B. Coulter is ready to represent individuals and families throughout  the Central Florida cities of Melbourne, Viera, Cocoa Beach, Orlando, Deltona, Palm Bay, Titusville, West Melbourne, and Indian Harbour Beach.

Focused on achieving results in the most expedient manner possible, we will get started on your case immediately following a free and confidential consultation. To schedule a time to meet with our qualified attorney to discuss the details of your rental car accident case, please call (321) 586-9944 or send an online message today.

Rental Car Accident Information Center

No-Fault Insurance in Florida

In its broadest sense, no-fault insurance is any type of insurance contract under which insureds are indemnified for losses by their own insurance company, regardless of fault in the incident generating losses. No-fault insurance has the goal of lowering premium costs by avoiding expensive litigation over the causes of accidents while providing quick payments for injuries or loss of property.
Florida requires that all drivers carry a minimum of:

  • $10,000 in Personal Injury Protection (PIP) coverage with a maximum deductible of $2,000.

PIP insurance provides coverage for the owner of the vehicle, residents in the same household, anyone driving the vehicle with the owner’s permission, and passengers and pedestrians involved in the accident that does not have their own insurance.

The insurer is responsible for 80% of certain medical expenses, 60% of any loss of gross income and loss of earning capacity, and death benefits of $5,000 per person. To bring a tort action, a plaintiff must show either a permanent loss of a bodily function, permanent injury other than disfigurement or scarring, significant and permanent scarring or disfigurement or death.

Causes of Rental Car Accidents

There is a wide-ranging mixture of potential causes of rental car accidents. Some operate with extra care when driving a rental, while others tend to drive more erratically because of the fact that it is a rental car. Either way, some of the most common of these causes include:

  • Reckless Driving
  • Failure to Stop
  • Inattentive Driving
  • Distracted Driving
  • Hazardous Road Conditions
  • Driving while Under the Influence
  • Inclement Weather
  • Manufacturing Defect
  • Texting while Driving
  • Talking on a Cell Phone while Driving

Injuries in a Rental Car Accident

After discussing the possible causes of a rental car accident, it is important to go over the potential injuries. Rental car accidents can be severe partly because some are not as careful with these motor vehicles. When you do not own the car, you are less likely to treat it as well. This may result in driving dangerous or neglecting rules of the road that you may have otherwise taken heed of with your own car. Some of the major injuries that can occur during a rental car accident include:

  • Back Injuries (vertebrae, coccyx)
  • Neck Injuries (whiplash, nerve damage)
  • Head Injuries (concussion, blunt force trauma)
  • Broken Bones / Fractures
  • Burns
  • Muscle Tears / Pulls
  • Loss of Limb
  • Paralysis
  • Disfigurement
  • Loss of Sight

The Law Offices of James B. Coulter | Brevard County Rental Car Accident Lawyer

Dealing with a rental car accident can be a complicated process. It will likely involve multiple parties, including lawyers, rental car companies and insurance providers. All of these groups will be looking out for their own interests, creating a difficult and complex situation that must be undertaken in a precise and measured fashion.

The Law Offices of James B. Coulter understands what goes into these cases and has the experience and record of accomplishment to back it up. We passionately fight for the rights and future of Florida resident and visitors who are simply looking for fair treatment and compensation for the cost related to another's negligence. Our attorney will handle every aspect of your case so you can focus on getting better and moving on with your life.

The Law Offices of James B. Coulter is centrally located to provide excellent legal counsel for individuals and families throughout Brevard County, Orange County, Volusia County, Seminole County, Indian River County and Osceola County. To schedule a time to sit down with our attorney and go over your personal injury case, please call (321) 586-9944 or send an online message today.

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