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What if you are injured in a rental car in Las Vegas?

Car accidents are unfortunately a risk every time you get behind the wheel. When you are on vacation, however, the risk of a vehicle accident is likely the last thing on your mind.

If you rented a car for your Las Vegas vacation and then suffered an injury in a car accident, you should understand your rights and responsibilities and how you might proceed in seeking compensation for your injuries.

Car rental insurance issues

Car rental insurance is a tricky issue. Many drivers assume their credit card companies fully cover them when they rent a car with that credit card. The reality is that the insurance coverage provided by credit card companies is often insufficient when it comes to injuries suffered as a result of a crash. Oftentimes, this coverage is limited to damage to the rental car. If you do not have your own car and thus do not have your own car insurance, the issue is even more complex. Injuries suffered in a crash can result in astronomical medical bills, not to mention pain and suffering, all of which the insurance may not cover. 

Negligence of other parties

Fault is a primary concern when it comes to motor vehicle crashes. Finding out who was at fault in causing the accident is essential for determining damages to award in a court case or for determining how much to sue for. Sometimes, even more than one driver could be at fault. If you have suffered injuries in a car crash, one of the first things you should do is begin assessing the value of all the damages you have incurred. For example, keep a close record of all medical bills, lost wages due to missed days at work, and any other expenses you have accumulated as a result of the injuries in the crash. This documentation can help you when you build a personal injury lawsuit.

Personal injury cases in a car rental crash, which involve a car rental company and potentially complex insurance issues, can be more complicated than the typical personal injury lawsuit in a car crash. If you suffered an injury in a car rental crash during your Las Vegas vacation, you should contact a personal injury attorney who has experience handling these types of cases.

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