What do I do if my insurance does not pay for an accident that I had while driving a rental?
Question Details: My mom rented a vehicle in her name and my sister and I were add-on drivers. I hit a post at a gas station with the rental. We did not get the renter's insurance. Neither my mom's car insurance nor my car insurance will pay for the damages both say the other is liable. The collection company for the rental says that I owe the $1,484. I want to ask them if I could pay off the amount I owe in installments. I'm not sure if they will agree to installments but that is all I can afford. If I send them a check monthly do they have to accept it?
1) Check your mother's and your own insurance policies to double check that neither will cover--while the insurers are probably correct, there's no harm in checking yourself. Insurance policies are contracts: the insurer must pay when the policy terms say they must. If you believe that under one or the other policy, they should pay, you or your mother (whomever has that policy) can sue the insurer for "breach of contract" if you choose, to get them to pay.
2) The collection company or their client (the rental) company is not obligated to accept a payment plan: they can insist on payment in full immediately and sue you if you don't pay. But they are also not stupid, and will usually agree to a reasonable plan rather than sue for money that might not be there anyway. You have to talk to them and get them to agree in writing to the plan.