Rental Car Accidents

car accident in rental carAccidents involving rental cars can be complicated.  Did you know that rental car companies are only required to carry $10,000 in insurance coverage for each vehicle?

In 2005 Congress passed a law called the Graves Amendment which protects rental car companies from vicarious liability saying they cannot be sued for any liability while the vehicle is rented unless the rental company is found guilty of criminal wrongdoing or negligence.

The State of Florida had a law that made rental car companies liable for certain damages caused by accidents involving their rental cars (as long as the rental period was less than one year).  They were required to pay no more than $100,000 per person, no more than $500,000 per accident for bodily injury, and no more than $50,000 for property damage to the car.  Additionally, if the rental company was uninsured or had insurance with limits of less than $500,000 in combined bodily injury and property damage liability, then they could be liable for up to an additional $500,000 in monetary damages.  Unfortunately, in 2011 the Florida Supreme Court ruled that this Florida law violated the Graves Amendment and was invalid.

If you or someone you know has been injured in an accident with a rental car, you need someone aggressively fighting for your rights.  Call The Offices of Reese Harvey today to help you determine who was at fault for your accident and how damages will be paid.



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