You should contact Accident Advice Helpline if you or someone you know needs to make a faulty brakes accident claim. Accidents on our roads are nothing new. They may be caused by negligence or carelessness on the part of the driver, or could be the result of faulty vehicle parts. Faulty brakes are one of the major causes of car crashes today.
Road traffic accidents that occur as a result of failed brakes can cause injuries to the vehicle’s occupants, not to mention other road users including pedestrians, cyclists and other motorists. Such incidents might result in injuries that vary in severity, from minor whiplash and bone fractures to more serious traumas and sometimes even death.
If you have been involved in a car accident and suspect that faulty brakes are to blame for it, then you should engage the services of a specialist road traffic accident solicitor to help you to make your personal injury compensation claim.
Common reasons for faulty brakes
Brakes can fail for various reasons, including:
- Faulty brake design, installation or manufacture;
- Substandard repair work carried out by a mechanic;
- Clogged or leaking brake lines;
- Weak or worn out brake pads or shoes;
- A broken or otherwise faulty hydraulic system; or
- Failure in the vehicle’s anti-lock brake system.
Who is responsible for the faulty brakes?
One of the issues on which your solicitor will focus is the question of who is to blame for the faulty brakes that have caused the accident. In order for your compensation claim to be successful, you must prove beyond doubt that a third party was to blame for the defect in your vehicle’s brakes, and that this defect led to the accident. The third party, in this case, might be the car manufacturer if the fault lay in the brakes’ design or installation.
Alternatively, if the problem was caused by faulty service or maintenance, the blame lies with the person who carried out the work. This could be the car’s owner or a mechanic. Regardless of the responsible party, it is important to identify the reason for the brake failure in order to avoid future accidents.
Benefit from our expertise
Due to their complicated nature, faulty brakes accident claims require thorough investigation in order to piece together details of the accident. Investigations should also be carried out to determine who or what was to blame for the failure.
If you have been involved in a car accident and suspect that someone else is to blame for the faulty brakes, you are strongly advised to employ the services of an experienced solicitor to help you to build as strong a case for compensation as possible. Here at Accident Advice Helpline, our team contains some of the best personal injury lawyers in the UK. We will put you in touch with one who has the requisite knowledge and skill to manage your compensation case.
For more information on how one of our solicitors may be able to help you, please call our helpline on 0800 689 0500 from a landline or 0333 500 0993 from a mobile. A member of our team will then advise you on how to go forward with your compensation claim.