When we drive, we expect that all drivers sharing the road keep their vehicles well-maintained and able to communicate with other road users. We, in turn, have the same responsibility towards other motorists and road users.
When a driver operates a vehicle with defective parts, such as broken back-up signals, other drivers may not be able to receive information about their actions in time to react in a way that prevents a crash. Therefore, an accident can occur, causing injury and property damage to yourself and your passengers.
If you or your loved one has been hurt because of a car accident involving defective car parts, an accident caused by defective back-up signals lawyer in Mount Pleasant from George Sink, P.A. Injury Lawyers may be able to represent you in an insurance claim or a personal injury lawsuit.
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Dangers of Defective Car Signal Lights
Car indicator lights are crucial to the vehicle. They can communicate your actions to other drivers so that they may react accordingly. Without this communication, other motorists may wrongly assume that you intend to continue on the same path at the same speed. Should you take another action, like turning, slowing down, or backing up, other motorists may have limited time to react to your sudden movement change. The result may be a collision.
If you were hurt in an accident involving a vehicle with a broken back-up signal, you may be entitled to compensation for your damages from the responsible party.
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Proving Negligence in a Defective Backup Signal Accident
When you bring a claim against a driver who caused an accident resulting in injury and/or property damage, you may not automatically win the case just because the car had a defective back-up signal.
Making a personal injury case may require you to prove that the vehicle driver was negligent and that his or her negligence caused the accident that resulted in your injuries.
At our law firm, we can take time to investigate the particulars of your case. We may be able to gather evidence from various sources in your case, including:
- Eyewitness testimonies
- Crash scene photos
- Official police reports
- Security camera and CCTV footage
- Phone records
- Car maintenance records
- Testimony from accident reconstructions experts
- And more
This evidence may allow us to determine if and how the other motorist acted recklessly or negligently, causing the accident. In addition to defective signals, causing an accident due to a violation of traffic law, such as an illegal turn or a failure to yield, may qualify as negligence in a car accident case.
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South Carolina Civil Remedies and Procedures § 15-38-10 describes the system of comparative negligence used in South Carolina. With comparative negligence, more than one person can be responsible for the crash in a motor vehicle accident. This law allows anyone who is less than 50% responsible for a motor vehicle accident to pursue compensation for their damages.
However, based on the evidence, if the court deems that your actions may have contributed to the accident, they will assign a degree of responsibility to you and reduce your damages proportionately.
For example, a judge may determine that you were 20% responsible for the accident. Should you win the case, your total damages may be reduced by 20%, allowing you to recover 80% of your damages. If you were 0% responsible for the accident, you may be able to recover 100% of your damages.
Our Mount Pleasant accident caused by defective back-up signals attorneys at George Sink, P.A. Injury Lawyers may be able to collect evidence of the full extent of the responsible party’s liability when we represent you.
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Damages You May Be Able to Recover
If you have been in an accident because of another driver’s negligent actions, you may be able to recover economic and non-economic damages. In general, these damages may include:
- Present and future medical bills, including rehabilitative therapy
- Lost wages during hospital stays or your recovery period
- Diminished/limited earning capacity if you cannot return to your old job
- Physical pain and suffering from your injuries
- Emotional distress
- Disability or disfigurement
- Property damage
If there was gross negligence on the at-fault driver’s part, the courts could choose to award punitive damages, although this is rare.
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If you were hurt in a car accident because of a defective back-up signal or some other form of driver negligence, George Sink, P.A. Injury Lawyers may be able to help you.
If you qualify, an accident caused by defective back-up signals lawyer in Mount Pleasant from our firm can investigate your case, identify the liable party, and pursue them for compensation on your behalf.
For a free consultation on your case with a member of our team, call George Sink, P.A. Injury Lawyers today or fill out our online contact form. We may be able to represent you on a contingency-fee basis, where you are not obligated to pay us attorney fees unless and until you recover compensation in a settlement offer or court award.
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