Having faulty airbags in your car can turn a relatively standard road traffic accident into something altogether more serious. The aftermath of suffering an accident on the road is distressing enough without the added worry that your car wasn’t safe.
Can I make a claim for injury compensation because of faulty airbags?
If you suffer serious injuries after a road traffic accident because of faulty airbags, you may well be due to road accident compensation. The success of a faulty airbag claim depends on a number of factors.
For example, if the car is new, then it is reasonable for you to expect the airbags to be working properly. Cars fitted with airbags have a warning light that alerts you if there is a problem. If this isn’t lit, then there’s no reason for you to suspect the airbags are faulty.
If you are then injured in a car accident because they didn’t deploy, then liability for the injuries lies with the car manufacturer.
On the other hand, if you ignored the warning light then a compensation claim is not likely to be successful. Similarly, if you tried to fix the faulty airbags yourself instead of taking the car to a professional, your claim will be invalid.
How can I claim for injury compensation after being injured because of faulty airbags?
At Accident Advice Helpline, all compensation claims are dealt with on an individual basis. However, there are some criteria which the vast majority of claims must meet. The usual three sticking points are:
- Did the accident occur within the last three years?
- Was the accident demonstrably the fault of someone else, or the result of negligence?
- Can a medical professional confirm that the subsequent injuries were caused by the accident?
There are a few exceptions to these three rules. For example, industrial illnesses such as asbestosis start their three-year deadline from when the disease was diagnosed and associated with the victim’s working environment. This is because symptoms of these diseases often take much longer to manifest themselves.
In terms of car accidents and injuries from faulty airbags, the compensation claim would focus on proving the manufacturer was negligent.
You can get an idea of your eligibility to claim by visiting the Accident Advice Helpline website. Our unique 30-second claims test is the perfect place to start.
From there, you can call our expert advisors for a no-obligation consultation. Call 0800 689 0500 or 0333 500 0993 from mobiles today.
Date Published: May 10, 2017
Author: Accident Advice