When you go out in the car, you want to get to your destination without having to worry about your safety. Car accidents happen for a variety of reasons. Most are caused by driver error, but different types of car vehicle defects can also play a part. If you’re driving an unsafe car or you come across a driver whose car has defects, you may be at greater risk of car crash injuries. Here are some examples of vehicle defects, and some tips to help you steer clear of trouble on the roads.
Different types of car vehicle defects
There are different types of car vehicle defects. Some defects relate to problems that are caused during the manufacturing process, and this may result in a recall. In other cases, defects relate to maintenance and mechanical problems for which you’re responsible as the driver or owner of the vehicle. If you’re driving a car that doesn’t meet required safety standards, and you have a crash, you may be liable for the accident. Examples of the most common types of defect include:
- Faulty lights
- Faulty brakes
- Worn tyres
If you own a car, you’re expected to maintain it, and ensure that it’s road worthy.
Can I claim compensation for an accident caused by vehicle defects?
If you’ve been injured in a car accident and it was caused by mechanical defects which are the fault of the manufacturer, or you’ve been hit by a car which was not safe to be on the roads, you should be able to make a road accident claim. In these cases, you would not be liable for any car crash injuries you sustained. If you had an accident and your car wasn’t roadworthy, your claim may be ineligible, as it’s your duty to ensure that your car is fit for the roads.
If you’re thinking about claiming for a car accident and the incident happened in the last 3 years, call Accident Advice Helpline. We offer a professional, efficient service, and we operate a strict no-win, no-fee* policy. Provided that you were not at fault for the car crash and you have the relevant evidence to prove this, we could help you to make a successful road accident claim. We have more than 15 years of experience in the industry, and we’ll do everything possible to make the process run smoothly. Call us now on 0800 689 0500 or 0333 500 0993 from a mobile phone to find out more.
Date Published: March 10, 2017
Author: Accident Advice