New Jersey & New York Rental Car Accident Attorneys

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Car accidents are always unexpected and inconvenient. When they involve injuries, they are more difficult and more complicated, even more so when they involve rental cars. At Nagel Rice, LLP, our personal injury attorneys have been advocating for New Jersey accident victims for over four decades, having secured over $1 billion in settlements and verdicts. We have extensive experience with all types of car accidents, including those involving rental cars.

If you have been seriously injured in a rental car accident that is the result of someone else’s negligence, contact our proficient car accident attorneys now to get the strong legal representation you need. We have the well-developed skills to give you the best chance of recovering the meaningful damages you deserve. Your initial consultation will be free and we will charge you no attorneys’ fees until we win your case.

New Jersey Insurance Requirements and Options 

New Jersey operates under a no-fault insurance system for auto accidents, meaning each party’s own insurance typically covers their medical expenses regardless of who caused the accident. Personal injury protection (PIP) is required in New Jersey, and although you are permitted to purchase a minimum of PIP coverage ($15,000), it is highly recommended that you carry much more (up to $250,000) since medical costs for severe injuries mount quickly. 

It is also worth noting that insurance offered by car rental companies typically covers only property damage, not personal liability.

Comparative Negligence in New Jersey

If more than one party is deemed responsible for a rental car accident, comparative negligence laws kick in. Such laws differ from state to state. New Jersey follows the principle of modified comparative negligence in which each party is assigned a percentage of fault by the court. The injured party can still collect damages even if they bear some measure of fault for the accident, but their percentage of fault will be subtracted from the amount they are awarded.

So, if they are awarded $1 million and have been assigned 20 percent fault, they will receive $800,000. However, under New Jersey law, if they are deemed more than 50 percent at fault, they will receive no compensation. 

If the Accident Isn’t My Fault and I Am Seriously Injured, Whom Can I Sue?

If your policy does not cover the cost of your injuries, you are entitled to sue the responsible party for damages. Our legal team will determine who that party is  there may be more than one person or entity liable, such as:

  • The rental company for improper vehicle maintenance.
  • The driver of another vehicle who was responsible for the collision.
  • A government agency responsible for road maintenance if your accident was caused by a pothole, improper signage, or a defective traffic signal.
  • A car manufacturer if one of the cars was sold with a major defect.  

What a Rental Car Accident Attorney Can Do to Help

Having a skilled car accident lawyer to fight for your right to just compensation is essential. 

Nagel Rice attorneys have the in-depth knowledge of the law and familiarity with rental car accidents to take over all legal and logistical matters. While you rest and recover, we will:

  • Clarify your insurance coverage.
  • Investigate the accident and gather evidence to identify the responsible party and support your liability claim.
  • Interview witnesses.
  • Examine police reports, medical records, and surveillance videos.
  • Negoitate with insurance adjusters and opposing attorneys to agree on a fair settlement
  • Consult with medical or technical experts who may testify on your behalf.
  • Forcefully represent you in court if litigation becomes necessary to recover maximum damages. 

We have the ability to file all legal papers, including claims against government agencies that meet the strict timelines and protocols of New Jersey’s Tort Claims Act. We will also review the latest legal precedents regarding liability and compensation in rental car accidents, and ensure that all steps we take for you are in complete compliance with New Jersey state laws and regulations.

Damages Our Rental Car Accident Attorneys Will Fight To Recover

Whether your injury is a traumatic brain injury (TBI) or a fracture, you are entitled to compensatory damages for your losses. Depending on the particular circumstances of your case, we will seek damages to cover whichever of the following losses apply:

  • Medical and rehabilitation costs
  • Lost income, present and future
  • Property damage or loss
  • Pain and suffering
  • Psychological counseling
  • Permanent disability/extended nursing care
  • Alterations to make your home accessible
  • Permanent scarring or other disfigurement
  • Loss of consortium
  • Loss of enjoyment of life

In cases in which the actions of the party responsible for your injury were especially egregious (e.g. impaired, reckless driving), we may be able to persuade the court to award you punitive damages over and above the listed compensatory damages.

Contact Our Experienced New Jersey Rental Car Accident Attorneys Now

Once you become a client of Nagel Rice, you have a formidable team of trial lawyers on your side. More than that, you have a team of compassionate professionals as allies, committed to bringing you the justice you deserve. Get in touch with us today to discuss the specifics of your case. As soon as we become your attorneys, you will begin to relax and we will begin to strategize.

Nagel Rice LLP helps its clients with claims throughout New Jersey including Bergen County, Essex County, Middlesex County, Monmouth County, Morris County, Passaic County, and Sussex County. We also represent clients in New York.