What if My Rental Car is Defective and it Caused Me a Serious Injury?

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If you are involved in a car accident caused by a defective rental car, you have legal rights. Call the office of Bednarz Law directly today to learn more.

Being able to rent a vehicle when on vacation or on a trip for business is a huge convenience. Indeed, in a single year alone, the car rental industry achieved overall revenues of $28.1 billion. Rental cars are a wonderful utility that add to ease of travel when away from home.

When most people use a rental car, they expect the rental car to function well and be in tip-top condition. Unfortunately, that’s not always the reality. In some cases, rental cars are defective and dangerous. If you have been in an accident with a defective rental car and have suffered harm, our experienced lawyers at the office of Bednarz Law can help. Call today to learn more about your rights. 

Examples of Vehicle Defects

A vehicle defect could lead to a crash or result in more severe injuries if a crash were to occur. Common examples of vehicle defects include:

  • Defective brakes—defective braking systems can lead to deadly accidents. 
  • Defective airbags—airbags that don’t deploy properly could result in severe injuries if a crash occurs. 
  • Defective seatbelts—when any part of a seatbelt fails, it puts that passenger, as well as others in the vehicle, at risk of injury. 
  • Defective steering components—which could cause a major accident.
  • Defective tires—tire tread separation and other defects could lead to a blowout that causes a serious accident.

The above list of defects is by no means conclusive; any part of a vehicle could be defective if defectively manufactured or designed. 

Who is Liable for an Injury Caused by a Serious Defect?

If you have been involved in a rental car accident and you believe that a rental car defect caused the accident or/and contributed to your injuries, the first thing that you’ll need to do is gather evidence to prove this. If you can prove that a defect did indeed exist, liability for the accident could fall on:

  • The rental car company if it knew or should have known of the defect yet rented the car regardless;
  • The vehicle manufacturer responsible for the defect; or
  • Anyone else along the supply or distribution chain whose negligence caused the defect or resulted in the defect going uncorrected. 

How Can a Car Accident Attorney Help Me?

When you work with a car accident attorney, your attorney will be responsible for advocating for you. In a vehicle defect claim, this means working with vehicle design professionals and other experts to identify and prove a defect, as well as determine liability for the case. Your attorney will also be responsible for providing the extent of your damages and negotiating your settlement. 

Call Bednarz Law Today for a Free Consultation 

If you have been involved in a rental car accident and you believe that a vehicle defect was involved, do not hesitate to seek legal representation. At the office of Bednarz Law, our car accident lawyers offer free consultations and always work on a contingency fee basis. Call us today to get started.