Los Angeles, CA asked in Car Accidents for Puerto Rico

Q: I got involve in a car accident in Puerto Rico but I was not at-fault and also didn’t have car insurance.

The car rental lawyer mail me to my house in Los Angeles requesting me to pay the rest of the damage because the at-fault driver insurance couldn’t cover everything. Why would I have to pay something that it was not my fault. And if I don’t pay then would I get In trouble ?

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2 Lawyer Answers
William John Light
William John Light
Answered
  • Personal Injury Lawyer
  • Riverside, CA

A: Typically, the renter is responsible for all damage to the vehicle during the term of the rental, even if they are not at fault. Your own insurance policy may apply to pay for the damage. Also, the credit card you used to pay for the rental may have supplemental insurance for damage to the car. Notify your insurer and contact your credit card membership services.

Peter N. Munsing
Peter N. Munsing
Answered
  • Personal Injury Lawyer
  • Wyomissing, PA

A: You need to contact a member of the PR Trial Lawyers Assn for the town where it happened or near there--they give free consultations. You are likely being billed under the contract. Either you got insurance or you used yours. If you used yours, turn the matter over to them. If you got the insurance from the rental co., they should use that. They follow the path of least resistance-going after the customer!

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