Car accidents can involve a wide variety of circumstances in terms of who causes the accident and who can be held accountable. In some cases, the accident is caused by two fully insured drivers who own the vehicles involved in the crash. In other cases, only one party is insured and owns the vehicle while the other driver borrowed the car from a friend or family member. In yet other cases, one of the vehicles is rented by the driver. In cases where the driver of a rental vehicle is at fault for an accident, the accident victim may have the ability to sue the rental company for its role in causing the accident.
A woman from Mason County is doing just that, following an October accident with an individual who rented a vehicle from Enterprise Rent-A-Car. The car accident, according to the crash victim’s complaint, occurred when she was struck from behind by the rental vehicle after having slowed down and moved to the right side of her lane in order to avoid an oncoming semi truck. She accuses the rental car driver of following her too closely and at too great a speed. For its part, Enterprise Rent-A-Car is targeted in the lawsuit for both compensatory and punitive damages because it entrusted the rental vehicle to an individual who was not qualified.