If you were hurt in a situation involving faulty and neglected vehicle maintenance in New Rochelle, you may be able to sue the mechanic for damages. If you’re not sure whether you have a strong case against the manufacturer, a lawyer from Morelli Law Firm can review the details and advise you on how best to proceed.
At Morelli Law Firm, we offer free reviews and consultations for traffic accident victims. During your consultation, we should be able to determine, based on the severity of your injuries and damages, a ballpark settlement award based on cases similar to yours that we have worked on in the past.
Call our car accident team today at (212) 751-9800 to get started.
Suing a Mechanic
To prove your case involving faulty vehicle maintenance against the mechanic who worked on your vehicle, you must be able to show the following:
- The mechanic did not exercise a reasonable standard of care while working on your vehicle, AND
- As a result of that lack of care, an accident occurred in which you suffered property damage and/or physical injuries.
You must be able to show a direct relationship between the mechanic’s failure to properly maintain your vehicle and the defect itself. This may not be something you can do easily without a lawyer by your side. That’s where our team at Morelli Law Firm can help.
Suing the Other Driver
Perhaps it wasn’t your car that had the defect but the car of the person who hit you. Vehicle owners have a duty to ensure their tires, brakes, steering, and other vehicle systems function properly before driving.
Failure to maintain a vehicle could mean the owner has liability for any injuries resulting from a collision caused by neglected maintenance.
In this case, you would need the maintenance records from the other driver’s mechanic or, if the driver performed the work himself, records of the parts he purchased and where he purchased them from.
This kind of evidence may be next to impossible to gather on your own. That’s why hiring a lawyer to help with your case may be in your best interest.
To more accurately assign liability in this type of accident, Morelli Law Firm can conduct a complete investigation into the collision. We work with accident reconstruction experts, interview witnesses, obtain police reports, and analyze videos of the crashes we investigate—all to help strengthen your case and give you the best chance at a fair settlement.
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How Morelli Law Firm Helps New Rochelle Traffic Collision Victims
At Morelli Law Firm, we know New York traffic law and how to apply it to your case.
New York State requires no-fault Personal Injury Protection (PIP) coverage for most motorists. This is the first place many drivers turn when seeking compensation. PIP covers medical treatment and a limited amount of lost wages—regardless of who was at fault for the accident.
Only if a driver meets the “serious” injury threshold outlined in New York Insurance Law (ISC) §5102(d) can they pursue pain and suffering and other non-economic damages in a fault-based claim. You can also pursue a fault-based claim if your damages exceed the limits of your PIP coverage, which for many is the required minimum of $50,000.
Morelli Law Firm can determine if you qualify to file an insurance claim and hold someone else accountable for your losses. If negotiating an out-of-court settlement with fair compensation is not possible, we will take the case to trial.
Recovering Damages in a Fault-Based Claim
Your PIP policy is designed to allow quick and simple recovery of the basic losses associated with most fender benders and accidents involving moderate injuries. It covers medical care and pays out for a portion of lost wages up to about $2,000 per month.
There is also a small daily stipend available if you are spending out-of-pocket due to the accident, such as for parking at the doctor’s office.
Filing a fault-based claim with the responsible party’s insurance company may allow you to recover even more damages. If you can pursue pain and suffering, for example, other intangible losses may be available to you as well, including emotional stress and anguish, diminished quality of life, and other non-economic damages.
You may also be able to recover for lost income and benefits, as well as additional out-of-pocket expenses you wouldn’t have had to spend otherwise if it weren’t for the accident.
If your loved one passed away in an accident involving a vehicle with faulty maintenance, Morelli Law Firm can help you seek wrongful death damages as well.
Speak with a Member of Our Team Today
A New Rochelle faulty or neglected vehicle maintenance accident lawyer from Morelli Law Firm can review your case for free. Reach out to us today at (212) 751-9800 to discuss your case with our client intake team. Morelli Law Firm represents accident victims in New York City, on Long Island, and in New York State up to Albany.