The person that is driving a rental car has the same responsibilities as those that are placed on all drivers. Consequently, the driver of that rented vehicle that is careless or neglectful in nature. By the same token, most such drivers get held liable for any damages that have resulted from a collision that involved their rented vehicle.
Sources of money available to the driver of a rented automobile
Assuming that the same driver was not responsible for the damaging accident, did the other driver have some type of car insurance? If not, then the other driver’s need for some form of financial assistance might be met with uninsured/underinsured coverage. In Ontario, an at-fault driver’s personal car insurance might provide coverage for a collision involving a rental car.
Did the rental company sell some form of insurance to the customer? If that is the case, then the same customer-turned-driver does enjoy liability coverage.
How did the customer/driver pay for that purchased insurance? Did the customer use a credit card? If that was the case, then the credit card company should be ready to provide collision coverage.
Could the rental company be held liable for some or all of the damages?
In rare cases, Personal Injury Lawyer in St. Catharines knows that such a company might find it necessary to shoulder a part of the blame.
Did the company that rented the now-damaged vehicle put a customer at the wheel of an automobile with a defective part? If so, what was the extent of the company’s familiarity with that same defect? If a lawyer could prove that to have been the situation, then the company’s negligence would seem obvious.
Still, the customer’s/driver’s lawyer would need to show that the existence of the defect actually caused the injurious collision. If that could be proven, then there would be grounds for suing the business that had provided the customer/client with a defective product.
Companies that make money by renting-out motored vehicles might also get charged with negligence, if members of their staff do not do a thorough job of checking a customer’s driving history. Suppose a staff member had allowed a potential customer with a suspended license to sit behind the steering wheel of one of the company’s vehicles? If that were the case, then the poorly-staffed rental business could be held liable for any accident involving the customer that had gotten a car by making a false claim.
Suppose a rented and abandoned vehicle got damaged? Who would have to pay for repairs?
Normally, the customer/driver that walked-away from that rented automobile could be held responsible for the repairs. Yet that situation might change, if the customer had been cheated in some way, when dealing with an untrustworthy staff member.