Baton Rouge, LA asked in Car Accidents for Louisiana

Q: How is fault determined in a parking lot fender bender? Minimal damage, other driver left before police was called.

Police wrote it up a a hit and run. Other car was a rental and now the rental company is trying to get me to pay over $1800 and is threatening to turn me over to a collections agency if I do not pay. I have an accident report that the rental company now wants to see. Should I oblige?

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Rahlita D. Thornton
Rahlita D. Thornton
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  • Personal Injury Lawyer
  • Houston, TX

A: The accident report is public record and if it supports your position then it should absolutely been sent to the company. Good luck.

Douglas Lee Bryan
Douglas Lee Bryan
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  • Personal Injury Lawyer
  • Marksville, LA
  • Licensed in Louisiana

A: The rental company cannot turn this over to a collections agency without a finding that you were at fault. In this case, they would have to secure a judgment against you, since an accident was involved. If you were injured, you should seek the advice of an attorney.

Ellen Cronin Badeaux
Ellen Cronin Badeaux
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  • Personal Injury Lawyer
  • Covington, LA
  • Licensed in Louisiana

A: Absolutely give the rental car company a copy of the police report. Also tell them if they try to collect from you for their lessee's being at fault in the accident, you will seek attorney fees, court costs and damages for malicious prosecution.

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