Car accidents will leave victims grappling with life-altering changes, including serious injuries, disability and disfigurement, and even the death of a loved one. When another motorist’s negligence causes these accidents, they should be held accountable.
If you or your loved one has been injured because of an accident caused by faulty or neglected vehicle maintenance, you may be entitled to compensation. Our North Charleston accident caused by faulty or neglected vehicle maintenance lawyers can help you explore your legal options and initiate legal action according to your case’s specifics. Contact George Sink, P.A. Injury Lawyers for your free case evaluation today.
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Causes of Faulty or Neglected Vehicle Maintenance Accidents
Faulty or neglected vehicle maintenance causes many accidents. According to the National Motor Vehicle Crash Causation Survey (NMVCCS) published in 2015, 44,000 crashes (about 2 percent) were caused by vehicle component failures or degradation leading to mechanical failures. These mechanical failures may result from faulty parts or inadequate maintenance of the vehicle.
Proper car maintenance reduces the chances of a vehicle getting into an avoidable traffic accident. Here are five major car maintenance tasks, which, when neglected, can cause a car accident:
- Brake maintenance. Brake pads and other brake components wear down due to friction and can lead to brake failure at crucial moments, causing an accident.
- Tires. Worn out or improperly aligned tires make a vehicle harder to control, especially on wet roads or rough terrains.
- Steering system. The steering system is complex, and any part can fail or wear away, causing the entire system to fail and the vehicle to lose control.
- Headlights. Head, tail, turn, and brake lights enable motorists to see where they are going and other motorists to see the actions of motorists near them. Dim lights make it difficult for a driver to see the road, while broken signals and brake lights make it difficult to communicate your actions to other drivers around you.
- Wipers. Windshield wiper motors can malfunction over time, and you will not know until you need to use them during bad weather. This makes visibility even poorer, possibly leading to an accident.
Faulty maintenance is another common cause of car accidents. Even if a driver seeks to prompt maintenance tasks when they are due, a mechanic may perform faulty maintenance or use poor quality replacement parts, leading to an accident.
The case of an accident that faulty maintenance has caused is more technical because it introduces defendants other than the at-fault driver. According to the South Carolina Code of Laws § 15-38-15, you can sue more than one party responsible for a car accident in South Carolina.
In the case of faulty maintenance, the mechanic or body shop responsible for maintenance could be held liable if an accident happens. Alternatively, the manufacturer or a replacement part could be liable if the part malfunctioned, leading to an accident.
Our North Charleston accident caused by faulty or neglected vehicle maintenance attorneys at George Sink, P.A. Injury Lawyers can evaluate the specific details of your case and advise you on the best way to proceed. Where there are multiple liable parties involved, we will build a strong case to ensure they are held accountable and seek fair compensation for your tangible and intangible losses.
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Steps to Take After a Car Accident
Car accidents can be confusing. Following these important steps will ensure you do not further complicate your case by making mistakes.
It is critical to call 911 if you have been in a serious car accident and ensure that you and your passengers receive medical attention. If you are not severely injured, safely leave your car and check whether anyone else involved in the accident sustained injuries. Move everyone away from immediate harm before calling 911.
You should not leave the accident scene except to go to the hospital because of your injuries or another emergency. Call the police to the accident scene and get the other driver’s contact information, license, and insurance details.
If other drivers were involved, get their information also. Avoid exchanging words with other parties in the accident, except to get their contact details. Do not admit fault, even if you think you may have been partially responsible. It would also help to get the contacts of any eyewitnesses before they move along. Take pictures of the accident scene, any damage to both vehicles, and injuries to yourself and your passengers.
Cooperate with law enforcement and other emergency responders at the scene, and leave only when the police have cleared you to leave. Even if you feel fine, head to the hospital for a checkup to ensure you have no internal injuries or concussions before tending to other business.
Contact an Attorney
Finally, consider calling our personal injury lawyers in North Charleston as soon as you can, even if you do not know what you want to do following the accident. Our team can guide you on the steps to take until you are sure how you wish to proceed.
It would be best if you did not give any written or oral statements to insurance agents or the at-fault driver’s lawyer without consulting with your lawyer first. If they reach out before you have had a chance to call one, say nothing, and reach out to us immediately. The best thing to do is to direct them to your lawyer and let us speak on your behalf.
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If you or your loved one has been injured in a car accident resulting from faulty vehicle maintenance, you may be entitled to compensation. While financial compensation is not a substitute for the injuries or losses you have sustained, it is a reasonable solution to ease the financial burden following such an accident.
Contact George Sink, P.A. Injury Lawyers for your free consultation today and learn how a North Charleston accident caused by faulty or neglected vehicle maintenance lawyer can help your case.
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