The majority of car crashes are caused by human error behind the wheel. However, not every accident is a result of the driver’s behavior. Sometimes, problems with the vehicle itself are the root cause of an auto accident. Vehicle defects may be caused by vehicle components that were defective in design or manufacture from the start. Other times, vehicle defects are caused by inadequate or negligent vehicle maintenance.
Car Accidents Caused by Negligent Dealerships or Repair Shops
Mechanics and repair shops cannot perform miracles. Sometimes a vehicle is damaged beyond repair or the mechanic is not skilled enough to perform the maintenance the car requires. However, repair shops have a legal duty to inform the customer if this is the case. Allowing a customer to drive away in a vehicle that is unsafe can lead to deadly consequences.
Mechanic negligence can take many forms. Sometimes, a mechanic or repair shop knowingly fails to fix the problem but charges you for the repair and pretends that they performed the repair. For example, you take your vehicle in to get the brake lines fixed but the mechanic fails to fix the problem. Now the brakes barely work, causing an accident. Another way that negligent vehicle maintenance can lead to an accident is if a mechanic or dealership installs a defective or recalled vehicle component in the vehicle. Sometimes, repair shops are understaffed and in a rush to get cars back to the customers. Mechanics end up making mistakes or oversights that make the vehicle unsafe to drive.
Proving that Negligent Vehicle Maintenance Caused Your Accident
It can be difficult to prove that negligent vehicle maintenance led to an accident. There are so many different factors that contribute to an accident. A personal injury attorney experienced in car crash injury cases can help you obtain and preserve evidence in your case.
Your lawyer can also negotiate a settlement with the repair shop or other at-fault party on your behalf. In many personal injury cases, the defendant offers a low settlement in hopes that the injured person will blindly accept. A lawyer can help you evaluate settlement offers and help you fight for the compensation you need and deserve. You may be entitled to compensation for vehicle repair/replacement costs, medical bills, lost wages caused by your time off work, pain and suffering, and more.
Contact a DuPage County Car Crash Injury Lawyer
Negligent vehicle repair can lead to an accident. If you suspect that a substandard repair job or another type of negligence led to your crash, contact Wheaton personal injury attorney David W. Clark for help. Mr. Clark has decades of experience representing injured clients in car accident cases and other types of personal injury cases. Call 630-665-5678 for a free consultation.