No collision coverage... Cant the company file the claim under their insurance similar to a uninsured motorist.
Car rental companies are self-insured so no they aren’t going to do that. Besides you are legally responsible to return the car in the same condition you received it so why would the rental company be on the hook for damages sustained while the vehicle was in your custody? I would also point out that the car rental agreement contained language that you were obligated to have insurance of your own while renting. If you had insurance on your own vehicle at the time then you should be covered for this incident by your carrier and all you will have to pay is your deductible.
Unfortunately, deer are notorious for being under insured, and crummy drivers to boot. Since you rented the car, you have to either file a claim against your insurance or pay for the damages. If you used a credit card, however, there is a decent chance that they provide some coverage for this very thing. Call them first.
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