If you’ve been hurt in a car wreck, you don’t need a delay in getting a rental vehicle. Under North Carolina law, you’re entitled to a type of damage reimbursement called “loss of use”, but insurance companies typically provide you with a rental vehicle. While this nearly always benefits the insurance company, it’s one time where it can help you get back on the road, so we typically suggest people go ahead and let the company set up a rental.
If you’ve been in a wreck on a holiday or over the weekend, this can be an extra hassle, as there are fewer adjusters working then. Here are some tips to help with the rental process:
– You are entitled to a similar vehicle, not the exact same one-
-Contact the other person’s insurance company as soon as you can to arrange for a rental-
-If the defendant’s insurance is dragging their feet, call your own for help-
-If you have to use your own insurance, they can arbitrate to be repaid from the other company-
-You can only keep the rental for a short time, so try to look for a new vehicle if yours was totaled-
At the Miller Law Group, we have over 50 years of combined experience with car accident claims. We usually encourage people to handle their own property damage claim, and we can point you in the right direction while we handle your personal injury claim. That’s nearly always the best way to maximize your recovery on both claims. If you’ve been in a car wreck, contact us today for a free consultation.
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