It estimated that 13% of car accidents involve some form of mechanical failure. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), 2% of all car accidents are solely due to a critical failure within a car. These numbers may seem insignificant. However, the still represent a large number of potentially fatal accidents. The good news is that accidents due to mechanical failure can be prevented in many cases, though not all. They can be caused by natural wear and tear, negligence from a mechanic or a failure due to faulty manufacturing. If you have suffered an injury in an accident and you suspect that mechanical failure is the culprit, it is recommended that you contact a reputable personal injury attorney as soon as possible.
Not all mechanical failures are alike. Some are due to errors attributed to the driver and other mechanical failures are due to mistakes on the part of the manufacturer or mechanics. Listed below are some common causes of mechanical failure.
Many types of accidents can be due to mechanical failure. Some of those include head-on collisions, rear-ending as well as accidents due to a failure to yield. Diagnosing mechanical failure accidents will require expert testimony. If you have recently been in an accident due to any type of mechanical failure, call the attorneys at Timothy J Ryan & Associates to schedule your free consultation today.
It may not be entirely possible to prevent all mechanical failure accidents. However, there are specific steps that you can take to decrease the likelihood of accidents due to the failure of critical components in your vehicle. Listed below are some simple steps that can help you to avoid potentially dangerous traffic accidents because of mechanical failure.
If you have maintained your vehicle as prescribed by the owners manual, there may be other parties at fault for a mechanical failure accident. If you recently had your car fixed and soon thereafter suffered an injury due to a mechanical failure, it may be the mechanic’s fault. Furthermore, there are some instances in which the manufacturer of individual parts and/or the entire vehicle issue recalls. Pinpointing specific liability can be difficult alone. If you have recently been injured in an accident, it is important that you are represented by a reputable personal injury attorney.
Getting into an accident can be scary. Especially if it is due to a mechanical failure like a blown tire or the inability to brake. In the case that you find yourself in this situation, it is important that you ensure that all people involved in the accident are safe. If you are able, drive your vehicle to the shoulder and turn your flashers on. If not, at minimum, remove yourself from the dangers of oncoming traffic. Soon after the accident takes place, exchange information with others involved and call the police. When speaking with the authorities, be honest, but do not admit fault under any circumstances. Collect as much evidence as you can and take pictures of any damage incurred. In addition, give specific instructions to your insurance company regarding the mechanical failures of a critical system in your vehicle. It is also recommended that you schedule an appointment with a doctor or at least speak to one after an accident has occurred. If you have suffered an injury, it is important that you pursue your personal injury case as soon as possible.
Proving that an accident injury was the result of a mechanical failure takes a highly skilled and experienced attorney. Finding the right personal injury lawyer can be the difference in a successful personal injury case and an unsuccessful one. If you are unable to obtain a referral from a trusted source like a friend or family, it is best to research reviews and ratings posted online. Additionally, check with the California State Bar to ensure that your chosen attorney is licensed. During your free consultation, be sure to inquire of their trial experience as well as effectiveness in cases similar to yours. The statute of limitations for personal injury cases in the State of California is two years. However, it is recommended that you connect with an attorney shortly after an accident has occurred. If you have recently been involved in an accident, give our attorneys a call to discuss your options today.
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