When you rent a car or drive a work vehicle, it’s probably not very often that you stop to think about how safe it is. We take for granted that any vehicle we’re using has been checked and is safe to use, so what happens if you’re involved in an accident caused by a dangerous vehicle? It’s up to your employer to keep you safe at work, so they could be held liable if a faulty work vehicle has left you injured. Car rental companies have an obligation too to ensure that vehicles they rent pass safety checks and won’t put drivers at risk.
Claiming dangerous vehicle compensation is definitely something to consider if you have been injured in an accident due to a dangerous car or van and Accident Advice Helpline can help you claim on a 100% no win, no fee basis.
How have you been injured?
A vehicle with faulty brakes or worn tyres could cause a serious accident, especially if you are driving during the winter months, and here are some of the injuries that you could sustain in a collision:
- Head injuries
- Broken bones
- Cuts and bruises
- Facial or eye injuries
- Crush injuries
Of course you may not be involved in a collision – you may suffer injuries caused by faults inside the vehicle. For example a damaged seat or dashboard could cause cuts whilst a windscreen which shatters could lead to facial lacerations or eye injuries. This is why it is so important to ensure that the vehicle you are hiring or driving at work has been fully safety checked and is safe to drive on the road.
If your hire car hasn’t been fully safety checked and as a result you have been injured, you could claim dangerous vehicle compensation within three years of your accident, although it’s best to find out as soon as possible if you could make a viable claim. If you’ve been hurt whilst driving a work van or company car, check who is responsible for the maintenance of the vehicle – you’ll usually find that your employer is liable for maintaining the vehicle to a safe standard and so they could be ordered to pay you personal injury compensation if you’re hurt as a result of their negligence. Call Accident Advice Helpline today on 0800 689 0500 and find out if you have a viable claim.
Date Published: November 30, 2015
Author: Paula Beaton