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The Brakes Failed In My Rental Car – Who Is At Fault?

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Imagine renting a vehicle for the weekend only to find out you’ve just put your life in grave danger due to the egregious negligence of the rental company. This was the story of a man who rented a compact car to go visit his girlfriend. When the man was only about 45 minutes into the trip his brakes completely failed (as reported by Reuters). Fortunately no one was injured, but inexplicably, the rental company blamed the driver for the mechanical failure and tried to charge him an additional fine.

Who Is At Fault?

Were you recently involved in an accident in your rental car and you believe the brakes were faulty? Like the gentleman’s story above, the insurance company may try to place the blame on you. If this is your story, don’t hesitate to enlist the advocacy of an aggressive Kamerow auto accident and product negligence attorney for the benefit of your case.

Police may not have charged you as the at-fault party, but the insurance company can still try to make the claim that you were at fault in the accident. Insurance companies and law enforcement have a different set of standards for determining who is at fault in any claim. This is another reason you need to have the strength of experienced representation from the beginning of the claims process.

Duty Of Care

There is a “duty of care” presumption that drivers take on when they get behind the wheel. Duty of care means drivers are obligated to see to it that their vehicle is in safe working order.   Usually it is the duty of the driver to make sure that the brake fluid and brake pads have been checked. The insurance company’s attorneys may try to leverage some form of “duty of care” in avoiding the blame.

Investigating A Failed Brakes Claim

In order to fully pursue the best possible outcome for your claim, Kamerow Law Firm will need to prove that the insurance company knew about the defect or that they were negligent to find it a missed safety check. Whether or not knowledge can be established, an investigation should be launched in order to prove fault.

When Rental Car Companies Are Negligent

Our practice has become known for high–quality and cost-effective auto accident representation. You may like to know the personal injury cases we take on are on a contingency fee basis. This means that you owe no attorneys’ fees unless we recover compensation for you.

For more than 25 years, the caring lawyers of Kamerow Law Firm, PLLC have helped people like you to get back on their feet. We are happy to serve car accident clients in Virginia, Maryland and the Washington, DC, metro area. If you or someone you know has experienced a similar situation, call 703-370-8088 or contact us online to speak to a representative.