Many of us live lives in constant transit, trekking from city to city and conference to conference. Though travel has become much safer over the years, we often live with a bit of anxiety when flying or sleeping in a hotel bed that lacks the familiarity of our own bedrooms. No to add another stress to your travel list, but rental car safety should also be something to keep in mind.
Cities that lack dependable and safe public transit may require visitors to put money down on a rental for the duration of their stay — but how do you know that the car you are driving is safe?
Rental Car Safety Law
In 2004, Raechel and Jacqueline Houck, sisters, died after being involved in a car crash. The car was a recalled rental vehicle. Their mother, Cally Houck, made it her personal mission to ensure that rental car safety standards were improved, and just a couple of months ago, saw the Raechel and Jacqueline Houck Safe Rental Car Act approved.
Not just a victory for the Houcks, this act has provided an obvious but overlooked rental car safety improvement that may save lives in the future. If a rental car company has more than 35 cars within its fleet, it may not rent out a recalled vehicle before sending it in to repair the fault. This law does not include used car dealerships, which are still allowed to sell recalled vehicles that have yet to be repaired.
Rental car safety is now less risky, but always ask your rental company if you have any concerns about the vehicle’s safety and history. Traveling is stressful enough without having to worry about a rental. However, if you are involved in a car accident due to the recklessness of your rental company or fellow motorists, do not hesitate to contact our auto accident attorneys today. As always, drive safely.
If you, a friend or a loved one are unfortunately injured as a result of an automobile accident or have any questions, do not hesitate to contact Wieland, Hilado & DeLattre, P.A. at (407) 841-7699. For additional resources, keep checking our blog, LIKE us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter for more helpful hints and to always be informed about best practices in law.