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SA Car Damaged at Car Park - Who is Liable?

Discussion in 'Insurance Law Forum' started by Leighton.jo7, 13 September 2016.

  1. Leighton.jo7

    Leighton.jo7 Member

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    Hi.

    I recently went to my local shopping centre who are undergoing renovations and construction works. Of interest in my case is the works they are doing to the car park.

    A usual entrance has been modified for temporary access around the works. Bollards, fencing and the like are in place to direct traffic through the usual entrance. I entered and there was a make shift bitumen ramp/speed bump which was poorly constructed and was steep, which scrapped the under carriage of my car and exhaust system.

    Just after that, there was a large section of the bitumen in the car park that was cut up and slightly dug out. Probably about three inches deep, I think. It was right in the path the cars were directed to travel. My left wheels dropped into this and scraped the rims of my car quite badly. I had no choice where to go with fencing and bollards quite right either side directing me.

    I feel the entrance was not in a fit state to allow cars through. Nor reasonable measures taken to allow cars to go through safely. There are other entrances and I feel this one should have been closed if it was going to be in the state of disrepair that it was.

    I was wondering if the centre management or construction company has a legal liability when it comes to the damage caused to my car?

    Thanks in advance.
     
  2. Tim W

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    Are you insured?
     
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  3. Leighton.jo7

    Leighton.jo7 Member

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    Yes we are Tim.
     
  4. Homer jay

    Homer jay Well-Known Member

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    Put in a claim and let your insurance company deal with it.
     
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  5. DMQC

    DMQC Well-Known Member

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    You would direct any claim to the Centre Management and based on your brief outline above. I believe you may have a legitimate claim for the repair to your vehicle.

    Regards
     
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