Automobile accidents result from a variety of causes. The most common cause of a traffic accident is human error. Examples of human error that can contribute to the cause of a traffic accident include:
- Failing to yield the right of way;
- Driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol;
- Following too closely;
- Speeding and reckless driving;
- Fatigued or drowsy driving;
- Aggressive driving and road rage; and,
- Distracted driving.
However, some factors might contribute to the cause of a car accident that are not within the control of the driver. For example, defective automobile parts, weather conditions, faulty repair work, negligent maintenance, and dangerous road conditions can play a role in car accidents. When other factors such as these factors contribute to the cause of a car accident, third parties might be held liable for the damages.
For example, when a mechanic’s negligence causes the accident, the mechanic and auto shop could be held liable for the damages. Auto repair shops, dealerships, mechanics, and other individuals performing work on vehicles have a duty to use reasonable care when completing the repairs or maintenance. When a party breaches the duty of care, the party can be held liable for damages arising from an accident caused by the party’s negligence.
Examples of Negligent Auto Repairs
There are many ways that repair shops, dealerships, and garages can be liable for faulty maintenance or repairs. Defective work can result in damage to property, injuries, and loss of life. Examples of negligent auto repairs and maintenance work include:
- Using the wrong parts when making repairs or servicing a vehicle
- Installing parts incorrectly
- Failing to notice major problems or diagnose problems correctly
- Forgetting to reattach parts or components
- Causing damage to other parts of the vehicle
- Failing to remove debris or objects, including tools
Unfortunately, a case of negligence or carelessness by a repair shop or garage can result in a tragic car accident. Faulty repairs or negligent maintenance can result in traumatic brain injuries, whiplash, broken bones, spinal cord injuries, internal injuries, burns, scars, permanent disabilities, and wrongful death. It is very important that you contact a Fresno accident attorney if you believe your car crash was caused by fault automobile repairs or maintenance.
Proving Negligence for Auto Repairs and Maintenance
Proving negligence or a breach of duty can be difficult without assistance. Most people do not have an in-depth working knowledge of vehicles. Furthermore, an understanding of the law is necessary to know when a person or company has breached a duty of care. Consulting with an experienced car accident attorney is the first step in discovering if you have a valid claim.
Our Fresno car accident attorneys have built a network of experts and industry professionals who can assist us in reconstructing the accident to determine how the crash occurred and what factors played a role in causing the crash. By identifying how the crash occurred, we can identify the party or parties who might be liable for your damages.
If you are unsure how to file an accident claim after a crash, call Torem & Associates to speak with an experienced California car accident attorney. You can contact our office by calling (559) 500-5000 or 1-800-954-4444 or by using the contact form on our website to schedule a free consultation with a Fresno personal injury lawyer.