A faulty or defective vehicle could lead to a serious or potentially fatal road traffic collision. Fortunately, vehicles are subject to rigorous manufacturing standards and tests before being released into the market. However, this does not mean that vehicles are 100% free from defect.
What constitutes a faulty vehicle?
Due to the sheer amount of moving parts in a vehicle, it is almost impossible to exhaustively list the potential components which may be faulty or defective. Some of the more common defective vehicle components include defective tyres, which may be prone to blow out and cause a sudden loss of control.
How can I find out if a vehicle is faulty?
If you have purchased a vehicle from a dealership, return the vehicle to the dealership and ask them to inspect the particular fault or complaint that you might have. In addition to this, vehicle recall lists are easily accessed online for a particular faulty product or a certain vehicle.
Who is to blame in the event of a faulty vehicle?
Although it may be difficult to find exactly who is at fault when a vehicle is faulty or defective, rest assured it will not have an effect on your claim for compensation. It really depends on the defect involved. If it is a particular part that is faulty and is manufactured by a third party and then supplied to the main manufacturer, that particular manufacturer could be held liable for a claim for compensation.
How long do I have to make a claim?
If you’ve been injured as the result of a faulty or defective vehicle, you have up to three years to make a claim for compensation. If injuries were not apparent at the time of the accident and were only diagnosed later, you may be able to claim for up to three years from the time of diagnosis.
Will I have to go to court?
A court case may be a stressful and traumatising experience. With Accident Advice Helpline, the majority of claims are settled outside court, meaning that many of our clients avoid ever having to set foot in a courtroom.
Isn’t making a claim for compensation expensive?
With Accident Advice Helpline all of our claims are made on a 100% no-win-no-fee basis, meaning you will not be out of pocket should your claim for compensation be unsuccessful. So give us a call today to find out more on 0800 689 0500.