What to do in case of steering failure, to avoid a car accident
One of the most important things to remember when it comes to steering failure is that it is a very rare thing to happen, and that almost no driver will ever have to deal with it. However, if you were to come across steering failure whilst on the road, it is very likely to cause a Trafford car accident if you don’t know what to do about it. It is worth learning what you should do in case of steering failure, whether you expect it to happen or not, so that you can always be prepared and be able to avoid a Trafford car accident.
- Brake. If you have absolutely no control over the car then the only thing you can do is brake, even if there are cars behind you. Flash your lights or motion that there is a problem to the cars around you, but don’t try to keep coasting until there is a good place to stop or you might come across an even worse problem.
- Try turning the wheel gently from side to side. If the steering lock is jammed then this may well help to release the lock and allow the car to start steering normally again. Again you should brake or slow down before you attempt this.
- Try turning the wheel sharply to one side. If the steering is off and won’t work properly, your best course of action is to pull the wheel sharply so that you can get the car over to one side of the road, whilst simultaneously pushing down on the brake to get the car to stop.
- Get out of the car. Once the car has reached a complete stop, get out of the car to call the emergency services, particularly if the car is still in the way of traffic.
Can you claim compensation for a Trafford car accident caused by steering failure?
It entirely depends on whether there is anyone really to blame for your steering failure as to whether you can claim compensation for your Trafford car accident. On the positive side, any other car you hit as the result of the accident will not be able to claim compensation against you, as the Trafford car accident was not your fault.
However, you will need to prove that your mechanic missed the possibility when servicing your car, or that the car was sold to you in a faulty condition to be able to claim compensation. If you want to try anyway, it is worthwhile calling Accident Advice Helpline on 0800 689 0500 to get help with your claim. The team will be able to help you to work out if you have a good case for a claim, and then help you to put together a strong case if you do.