I Totaled A Rental Car Due To Faulty Breaks And The Other Driver Was Killed

In Kalihi, Oahu, a 45-year-old pedestrian died on January 2, 2015 after a traffic accident involving a car. According to reports, a 49-year-old man, driving a Jeep Compass rental car collided with the woman who was crossing the street at the intersection of North Nimitz Highway and Kalihi Street.

The woman was jaywalking and was not walking when there was a green light in her direction. The Police in Honolulu temporarily closed a section of Nimitz Highway at Kalihi Street while they examined the crime scene. After the woman was rushed to the emergency room in critical condition, doctors pronounced her dead.

Rental Car Concerns

In the events that motor vehicle accidents occur, there are typically two questions people have concerning insurance and rental cars:

  1. Will the insurance company pay for the cost of a rental car while my car is being repaired?
  1. What happens if I am in an accident while driving a rental car?

While it’s likely that the insurance company will pay for the expense of a rental car while yours is being repaired, there are a number of factors that can affect the answer to the second question.

Accidents in Rental Cars

Usually a rental agent will ask you whether or not you want to purchase temporary renter’s insurance when you rent a vehicle. Rental companies often offer a variety of different levels of insurance coverage, which includes one in particular, that promises that if you are in an accident you will not have any liability and won’t owe the rental company anything.

However, you might already have insurance and not even know it. You’ll need to look into:

  • Your regular car insurance policy – it might also cover rental cars.
  • The credit card with which you paid for the rental vehicle
  • The Rental car company 

Tavares Car Accident Attorney

If have been involved in an accident in a rental car and believe the accident is the result of poor car care or negligence, you need the experienced attorneys at Oldham & Smith. We can answer your questions and guide you. Call (352) 292-1620 to schedule a consultation or fill out our contact form.


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