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    Holiday accidents: Faulty rental car


    Hiring a car whilst on holiday can be an exciting experience, travelling in a foreign country, exploring new and exciting areas. However, a faulty rental car can be the difference between a dream holiday and a nightmare. Unfortunately, there is no shortage of rental car accidents. If you’ve been the victim of an accident due to a faulty rental car then you may be entitled to compensation

    What is travel accident compensation?

    Accidents on holiday are unfortunately a very common thing. If you have hurt yourself whilst actually travelling to or within your destination country, you are eligible to claim travel accident compensation. Travellers and holidaymakers are entitled to make a claim regardless of where the accident occurred.

    Isn’t this just for airlines and railways though?

    You can claim compensation for an accident on holiday regardless of whether it occurred on public transport, pre-booked transport such as railways, airlines and taxis or in a rental car. It also doesn’t matter if the holiday is a package holiday or one that you have booked by yourself.

    What should I do before hiring a rental car?

    There are a number of precautions that you can take in order to reduce the chances of an accident occurring. Before hiring a rental car you should always do the following:

    • Read through the terms and conditions of the rental contract thoroughly. Be sure to clarify any points which you may not understand.
    • Be aware of what is and isn’t included in the insurance provided by the rental company.
    • Before you leave the premises, make sure and check the rental car thoroughly for any damage and make sure and draw attention to any damage. This will help avoid any unwanted liability for damage that may have been incurred by a previous customer and will also reduce the chances of hiring a faulty rental car.
    • Pay particular attention to the tyres and any spares. Worn and punctured tyres are a major cause of road traffic collisions.

    Accident Advice Helpline has more than 13 years of experience in handling travel accident claims. Our friendly advisers are on hand to help with your queries and you are under no obligation to proceed with any claim. Alternatively, check out Accident Advice Helpline’s website and you can find out in less than 30 seconds if you may be eligible for compensation. Call us free on 0800 689 0500 or 0333 500 0993 from a mobile phone for free, no-obligation advice about making a claim.

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    Date Published: November 26, 2013

    Author: David Brown

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