Every year, car accidents cause a significant number of personal injuries and many of these result in car accident compensation claims. If another driver was the cause of your accident, making a claim is usually straightforward. So, what about if your car was the problem? What if you had faulty brakes? For the best faulty brakes accident advice, call Accident Advice Helpline.
Accidents caused by vehicle defects or mechanical failure
It is estimated that about 10% of all car accidents on the motorway are caused by vehicle defects and mechanical faults. This includes faulty brakes and brake failure. If you have been involved in a car accident because of faulty brakes and want to make a claim, you will first need to determine what caused the fault.
Various factors can contribute to faulty brakes, including negligence by a garage worker, a manufacturing fault or even just wear and tear. It is essential that you make sure your brakes are always in good working condition. The state of your brake pads and the level of brake fluid in your car should be checked on a regular basis. If you have neglected to maintain your brakes, it is unlikely that you will be able to make a successful claim.
So who is liable if my brakes are faulty?
United Kingdom law dictates that all products supplied to consumers need to hold up to the highest standards of safety and should not cause harm to those using them. For instance, if the brakes supplied to you and fitted in your car had a manufacturing fault and this led to your brakes failing, the responsible party would be the manufacturer.
Another possibility also exists. If the garage was negligent in ensuring that your brakes were fitted safely or that your car had sufficient brake fluid and, as a result, you had an accident, the garage would be held responsible.
What if I have had a faulty brakes accident?
If you have had a car accident, the most important thing is to make sure that no one is hurt. If there are any injuries, call an ambulance right away. If there was another car involved, exchange your personal and insurance information with the other driver. Once you have done all of this, try to record all the details of the accident and, if possible, take photos of the scene.
If you are considering making a compensation claim, the next step would be to find the right lawyer to handle your claim.
Make your faulty brakes claim with Accident Advice Helpline
We offer a 24-hour, free legal helpline that you can call for advice on making your faulty brakes accident claim. Our advisors will ask you a few questions and discuss the details surrounding your accident and then give you an honest assessment of your claim’s chance of success. You will then be allocated the best solicitor for your case and you can start your compensation claim with no hassle.
If you want an idea of what your faulty brakes claim might be worth, try our 30-second test at the top of the page.