Whether your car needs to go in for its annual MOT and service or you need repair work done on a faulty or broken part, we all like to think we can trust mechanics with our vehicles. Mechanics are highly qualified and usually highly experienced, and they have a responsible job – ensuring our cars are safe to drive on the road. Unfortunately, human error does occur, and mistakes with car repairs can happen, which could lead to an accident. However, there is a difference between a genuine mistake and negligence – if there is evidence that your mechanic has been negligent and this has caused you to have an accident, they could be held liable. Here are a few examples of the types of things which could constitute negligence:
- Failing to fit new tyres properly
- Adjust brakes improperly
- Poor repair after an accident
Of course, there are plenty of other things which could constitute negligence too, and if you’re considering claiming compensation, a personal injury lawyer can assess whether or not negligence actually occurred – there must be evidence to prove this.
How to claim compensation for negligence car repairs
If you have been injured in an accident as a result of negligent vehicle repairs, it’s a good idea to contact the garage in question, to let them know what has happened and make a formal complaint. You may find that larger chain garages and dealerships will compensate you for the faulty repair or offer to fix your vehicle for free. However, if you wish to claim compensation for your injuries, you will need to contact a personal injury lawyer, who will investigate whether or not negligence occurred. If it did, they will need to prove that the repairs carried out by the negligent mechanic directly caused your accident.
Accident Advice Helpline to the rescue
Choose a personal injury lawyer with experience in dealing with negligent vehicle repairs, such as Accident Advice Helpline. We’ve been helping customers claim compensation since 2000, and our track record speaks for itself. We’re endorsed by TV personality Esther Rantzen, and accredited by the Association of Personal Injury Lawyers, so whether you have suffered minor whiplash or life-changing injuries as a result of a negligent repair, we can help. Take the 30-second test on our website, to find out how much compensation you could be eligible to claim, or call us today on our 24/7 helpline; it’s free to call on 0800 689 0500 or 0333 500 0993 from a mobile phone for free, no obligation advice about making a claim.
Date Published: July 23, 2014
Author: David Brown