Tuesday, 26 March 2013

Accidents Due to Manufacturer Defects: Who is Liable?

Although these are relatively rare, manufacturer defects in cars can be troublesome, costly and possibly even dangerous. The industry spends lost of time and money trying to iron out these issues before a car goes into production, however sometimes the defects remain and unfortunately only get discovered when something goes wrong. If you have an accident due to a defect on your car which wasn't your fault, it's important to understand who is liable and how best to go about sourcing car accident claims.

Who you have to claim from and who is liable often depends on the component that has gone wrong and which part of the car has caused the accident. It is often not the car manufacturer that is completely liable - as they will outsource part of the car's construction to other companies - such as glass manufacturers for the windows and locking experts for the security systems. Even airbags, for example, are often constructed and fitted by a team of separate experts. If one of these systems goes wrong and causes damage or an accident, do your research before claiming.

Finding out who is at fault if a serious accident occurs is not as straightforward as it first appears. There are a number of troubles which a claimant could come across, such as if a vehicle is recalled before the accident happens, the manufacturer is not at fault because they can show that they've already taken remedial action (sometimes, even if the fault has come back.) In addition, anyone who participates in the supply chain of your vehicle, from manufacturers to wholesale distributors to warehouse owners, can be liable. It depends on how and when your defect happened and what problems it causes you.

It's best to look into obtaining a specialist automotive lawyer to carry out any claims on your behalf. Burt Brill and Cardens Solicitors in Brighton deal with many car accident claims expertly and professionally, and offer a no obligation service via their website at www.bbc-law.co.uk

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