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The international ride-sharing and car rental program, Car2Go, is set to become active in the Windy City on July 25. The service is owned by Daimler, the company that manufactures both Mercedes and Smart Cars. While successful in other states and countries, the implementation has raised some questions in Chicago. Possible users are worried about taking parking spaces away from car owners for car renters. Furthermore, questions concerning liability have been raised due to the Car2Go program.
If you have been injured in a car crash, you need to talk to an experienced lawyer. Crashes can leave you facing physical and financial burdens beyond your capabilities. Our dedicated attorneys at Staver Accident Injury Lawyers, P.C. can answer all your questions, and fight for the compensation you may be entitled to. Call (312) 236-2900 today for a free consultation.
If you’re in an accident with a Car2Go vehicle, one of the first things you’ll want to know is who is legally responsible for the damages incurred. Illinois law determines financial responsibility based on fault, so the answer depends on who caused the accident. If you were the cause of the incident, and you were driving your own vehicle, you are legally responsible for damages and injuries.
If you are in your own car and crash at the fault of someone driving a Car2Go vehicle, however, the responsibility does not fall on you. The other driver will pay a deductible, the amount of which is specified in Car2Go’s terms of service. Car2Go’s insurance then covers the rest of the damages, the cost of which is included in the price of using the service.
The question of legal responsibility for damages to Car2Go vehicles is again determined by who caused the accident. If you are driving a Car2Go vehicle and you cause an accident, you’ll be forced to pay the agreed-upon deductible. If you’re in a Car2Go and someone else causes you to crash, that person is responsible for the damages and injuries caused in the accident.
Legal responsibility for car-related damages and injuries is determined mainly through the assignment of fault. While it’s true that services like Car2Go have insurance policies, this is not a guarantee of your protection.
It is worth noting that insurance companies want to settle for as little as possible. Whether they’re representing a company or an individual, it is important to them to show that a collision was your fault. Without the necessary knowledge of liability and insurance claims, you may find yourself not receiving the compensation you deserve.
While every case is unique, our lawyers at Staver Accident Injury Lawyers, P.C. have years of experience and know what to look for. You’re already dealing with the aftermath of a crash; you shouldn’t be forced to fight with the insurance companies too. Our car accident attorneys serve clients throughout the Chicago area, including Aurora, Elgin, Hinsdale, Joliet, Naperville, and Waukegan. Let us help you during this difficult time. Contact (312) 236-2900 for a free case evaluation today.