My Auto Mechanic Caused My Car Accident, Now What?
You rely on your auto mechanic to keep you safe, make sure the improper tests are done on the car, and rest assured that they will take care of your car. But.. what if they don’t? What if there was an improper check up done on the car? What if they used a faulty part? What if these factors caused you to have a car accident? If this happens, you need to be aware about auto accident law in your state.
LEGAL DUTY OF AN AUTO SHOP
A proper auto shop is responsible for keeping your car safe for you to drive and are responsible for following certain protocol with professional standards. A licensed mechanic is responsible for giving you proper inspections, informing you of recalls, and making sure they process the vehicle repairs correctly.
If you are worried about the auto accident law won’t apply, because your auto mechanic a contractual agreement that he or they (the business) cannot be held liable for any vehicle damage or accidents – fret not. If a mechanic’s negligence causes an accident and you were injured, the contractual agreement is not binding. It’s a disclaimer. Plain and simple.
DIFFERENT TYPES OF NEGLIGENT WORK
Negligent work is caused by a shop failing to properly repair your vehicle according to industry standards. Additionally, sub-standard repairs which can lead to vehicle damage and make a car unsafe to drive, can also be a liability.
REPAIR SHOP LIABILITY
If you truly believe you had an accident because your repair shop, auto shop, or mechanic was irresponsible, then just like all other personal injury cases, you will need to prove the negligence.
As an example, suppose that you went in for your check up on the car. The mechanic tells you that the brake pads need to be replaced. They take the old brake pads off and put a new set of brake pads on. However, they replacement brake pads were the wrong type or the wrong size for your specific car and the wheels. On your way home, you attempt to stop at the stoplight, but your brakes suddenly don’t work. Because you can’t stop, you veer into the intersection and another car strikes you or you strike another car and end up breaking your arm from the force of the car hitting your side of the car.
In this specific example, the mechanic could be held liable for buying and installing the wrong brake pads. However, you would need proof that this was the case. In most situations this can be proven by way of documentation – a mechanic has order forms he fills out in order to get parts in, along with your name, your car, registration number, etc. You could also hire an auto mechanic specialist who deals with cases such as yours to have the documentation that X part should have been ordered as Y part or was installed improperly.
This is why it’s important that you hire someone who has experience in auto accident law. A lawyer will not only help you figure out if you have a valid case or not, but they can help you get the evidence and documentation you need to help win your case and get compensation. For a Free Consultation contact Sloat & Nicholson at 1-800-873-3202.
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