Renting a car on holiday or to head off on a road trip is a great option if you can’t afford to buy a car, or don’t want the commitment of car ownership – paying for road tax, insurance and fuel can be a drain on your finances. We’re sure the last thing on anyone’s mind when they hire a car is personal safety; after all, you’re hiring from a reputable car rental firm so you put your trust in them and assume that all the necessary safety checks have been carried out on the vehicle.
But what happens if something goes wrong and you’re left injured as a result of the car hire firm’s negligence? Well, claiming dangerous hire car compensation within three years of your accident could be on the cards. Accident Advice Helpline specialises in personal injury claims, so let us get you the dangerous hire car compensation you deserve, on a 100% no win, no fee basis.
What could make a hire car dangerous?
Tyres, brakes and windscreens are three of the most common parts of a hire car where things could go wrong. For example, worn treads on tyres or tyres which have not been inflated correctly could explode or make steering difficult, leading to a collision with another vehicle. Brakes which fail or have not been adjusted properly could make it harder to stop, particularly in wet or icy conditions, and you could be involved in a rear-end collision with another vehicle or be able to brake in the event of an emergency. A damaged windscreen – for example one which is cracked or chipped – could shatter from the impact of a bump in the road, causing facial lacerations and eye injuries that could be serious.
Who’s to blame?
The car hire firm has a legal obligation to ensure any vehicle you hire from them is roadworthy – that means it needs to be taxed, insured and have passed its MOT. It should also have a full safety check carried out and the tyres should be checked before it is taken out on the open road. If the company fails to ensure the safety of its vehicles, they could be held liable if you’re injured as a result. You may have been lucky enough to escape with whiplash, cuts and bruises or you might have suffered a head injury – either way you could make a claim for personal injury compensation. Call Accident Advice Helpline on 0800 689 0500 and find out how we can help you.
Date Published: November 30, 2015
Author: Paula Beaton