Car rental insurance is not mandatory for car renters to obtain in Louisiana. However, specific rules regarding the applicability of liability, coverage, and responsibility on bodily injuries and personal damages claims for car rentals are laid out in Louisiana Civil Code 22:1296.
As a car renter, it is crucial to understand how the law applies coverage and liability insurance policies to motor vehicle rentals in Louisiana. Below is valuable information on how car insurance policies are applied for car rentals in Louisiana.
In Louisiana, car renters are not required to purchase car rental insurance. However, as discussed below, there are varying repercussions on the liability over the damages and injuries caused by car rental accidents in the event that the motor vehicle renter refuses to obtain car rental insurance at the time of rental.
Moreover, a car renter’s insurance policy could automatically apply as the car rental’s insurance coverage.
Yes, the car renter’s insurance coverage policy applicable to their own personal motor vehicle is transferred to a car they have rented. However, the applicability of a car renter’s personal car insurance policy coverage may be limited.
According to the Louisiana Civil Code 22:1296, the motor vehicle insurance policy of the person renting the car would be extended to the vehicle they rented. This generally means that a car renter’s exact coverage for their own vehicles would serve as the primary insurance coverage for the rental car.
As further discussed below, a car renter’s insurance policy coverage for their own vehicles may not be applicable as the car rental’s primary insurance if the car renter has obtained an insurance policy to cover the car rental specifically.
In the event that the car renter has multiple car insurance policies covering their own vehicles, then the motor vehicle insurance policy that includes a comprehensive and collision or liability insurance coverage would generally apply as the car rental’s primary coverage.
Under Louisiana Civil Code 22:1296, the car renter’s own motor vehicle insurance policy would not serve as the primary coverage for the car rental if a car rental insurance policy is obtained specifically for the car rental. This applies even if the car renter’s motor vehicle insurance policy has better coverage.
Simply put, the car rental insurance policy would serve as the primary coverage for the rental car instead of the renter’s personal car insurance policy.
According to Louisiana 22:1296, a car rental company must secure all car rental units that meet the state’s Motor Vehicle Safety Responsibility Law standards. However, there are limitations to the applicability of the rental company’s obligation over the car rental units. Specifically, the car rental company’s obligations and its limitations within the law are as follows:
However, as discussed above, a car renter’s personal car insurance policy may apply to the car rental or a separately purchased insurance policy specifically for the car rental.
Filing a claim or understanding insurance coverage of rental vehicles can be complicated to navigate, mainly as specific rules apply under Louisiana laws. Thus, retaining the legal services of an attorney highly knowledgeable in insurance law in Louisiana may be valuable to your car rental insurance claim.
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