We can never be sure about whether other drivers are getting their vehicles serviced regularly. Unfortunately, some drivers ignore vehicle maintenance, cut corners, try to perform it themselves, or do not ensure that they are taking their vehicles to a reputable repair shop.
In other situations, our own vehicles may be the cause of a crash. If you trusted someone to perform repairs or routine maintenance on your vehicle, and they did not do their job appropriately, you may be able to hold them responsible for the outcome.
If you were hurt in this type of accident, a Long Island faulty or neglected vehicle maintenance accident lawyer from Morelli Law Firm can help you. We may be able to coordinate your insurance claim or lawsuit while you dedicate your energy to your recovery. Although no amount of compensation can truly fix the pain, stress, and disruption that an accident has caused in your life, it can assist you with some of the financial hardships that you and your loved ones may be facing.
Call Morelli Law Firm today to speak with one of our team members at (212) 751-9800. We offer free consultations to car accident victims on Long Island. Our staff is standing by to discuss your car accident, its cause, and your legal options.
Faulty or Neglected Vehicle Maintenance Causes Accidents
There are many different ways that faulty or neglected vehicle maintenance could have been involved in the accident that you experienced. Mechanical issues or maintenance errors can cause an accident due to:
- Bald, cracked, or old tires
- Worn or improperly installed brakes
- Engine issues
- Old wiper blades that do not work
- Headlights or brake light bulbs that are out
- Damaged parts of a vehicle that fall off and enter the road, such as a bumper
Depending on how the accident was caused, multiple parties could be at fault:
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When Your Car Is the Issue
Sometimes there is a faulty part in your vehicle that you are not aware of until it is too late and an accident has happened. This type of accident could be due to a poorly done brake job, alignment, or a negligent inspection at an auto shop.
If this happens, you may be able to hold the negligent mechanic or auto shop responsible for your accident liable for your damages. Because vehicle maintenance and repair can be complex and difficult to understand, a third-party mechanic or accident reconstruction expert can tell you whether mechanic negligence was a factor in your accident.
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When the Other Car Is the Issue
If you were involved in a multi-car accident, the other vehicle might have caused the accident due to a repair or maintenance issue. If a driver does not maintain their vehicle well or get it maintained at a trustworthy repair shop, they may cause an accident. Without good maintenance, a driver may lose control of the vehicle, have poor lights or signals, and lack the ability to stop when needed.
A Long Island faulty or neglected vehicle maintenance accident lawyer from Morelli Law Firm may be able to investigate your crash and help you identify the responsible party in your case.
For a free case review with our car accident team, call Morelli Law Firm at (212) 751-9800.
Proving Fault in a Faulty Repair or Neglected Vehicle Maintenance Car Accident
Regardless of which vehicle was to blame for the accident, you will likely need to show that another person is at fault for your faulty repair or neglected vehicle maintenance accident.
If we are examining a situation where your car’s faulty maintenance was to blame, you may need to prove fault against whoever was supposed to fix or maintain your vehicle. If we are talking about a situation involving someone else’s car, you may need to show that they did not act responsibly.
Both situations fall under the category of personal injury. This type of claim typically requires the plaintiff to establish four key elements of liability in order to receive compensation:
- Duty: the plaintiff must prove that the defendant owed them a duty to act with reasonable care and skill regarding the repair or maintenance of the vehicle.
- Breach: the plaintiff must prove that the defendant did not act according to that standard in repairing or maintaining the vehicle.
- Causation: the plaintiff must prove that the defendant’s failure to act according to this standard was the direct cause of the injuries that happened.
- Damages: the plaintiff must be able to provide evidence supporting the amount of compensation that they are requesting in the claim.
Morelli Law Firm may be able to gather many different types of evidence to support these elements. This evidence may include:
- Eyewitness testimony
- Video footage
- Medical records
- Police reports
- Maintenance records
- Statements from automobile accident experts
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Damages in a Car Accident Case
If you are able to prove all of the necessary elements of liability, then you can request compensation from the defendant. There are a few different categories of compensation that a plaintiff in New York may be able to claim, such as:
- Past medical expenses
- Future medical expenses for ongoing care
- Missed paychecks
- Reduced earning capacity
- Property damage
- Pain and suffering
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A Long Island faulty or neglected vehicle maintenance accident lawyer from Morelli Law Firm can take care of all the aspects of pursuing your claim while you focus on getting your life back together. We can:
- Communicate with all parties
- Gather all evidence
- File your insurance claim or lawsuit
- Negotiate for a settlement
- Take your case to trial
Note that there is a general three-year time limit to file a personal injury lawsuit in New York, per New York Civil Practice Law and Rules (CVP) §214.
To learn more about our services in a free case review with a member of our team, call Morelli Law Firm at (212) 751-9800.