We often spend the entire year looking forward to a holiday abroad and there is nothing worse than that holiday being ruined by a car accident. If this has happened to you and you are wondering, “Can I claim for a rental car accident abroad?” give Accident Advice Helpline a call.
What to do if you are involved in a rental car accident abroad
If you are involved in a rental car accident while abroad, there are certain actions that you can take that will make claiming for compensation much easier. These include the following:
- Call the local police and make sure you get a copy of the accident report.
- If you cannot understand the local language, ask for an interpreter. It is important to know what you are being asked and not to admit liability.
- Make notes about what happened. An accident can be stressful and it is better to record everything before you forget.
- If you can, take photographs of the accident scene. Include photos of any other vehicles involved in the accident, especially their license plates.
- Exchange insurance details with the other drivers involved in the accident.
- Take the details of the other drivers, including names and addresses.
- Do not apologise or admit liability.
If your accident happened in Europe, you may be given a European Accident Statement (EAS). Do not sign this until you are sure whether you fully understand what the statement is.
When driving a rental car, it is important to remember that you should report any accident, no matter how minor, to the local police before you come back to the UK. Even if there was no other driver involved and the damage caused was minor, car hire firms often insist that accidents be reported.
How can I claim for a rental car accident abroad?
Victims of accidents abroad are often reluctant to try and pursue a compensation claim because it seems too complicated. This need not be the case, but it is important to choose the right lawyer to handle the case. Accident Advice Helpline has a team of specialist solicitors and we will be able to find the best one to handle your case.
We offer a free legal helpline that is available 24 hours a day. Call us on 0800 180 4123 and speak to one of our friendly consultants. You will be asked a few questions about the details surrounding your accident. Our adviser can then give you an honest assessment of whether you have a strong case. They will also be able to walk you through the claims process and answer any questions you may have about what to expect next.
If you want to find out what your claim for a rental car accident abroad might be worth, try our test at the top of the page. It only takes 30 seconds to complete.
Call Accident Advice Helpline now and find out whether you can claim for your rental car accident abroad.
Date Published: January 2, 2014
Author: David Brown
Category: Accident abroad