Car accidents can occur from system issues such as malfunctioning brakes. Often individuals will look to the car manufacturer in terms of liability but it might not always be their fault. All car owners must properly maintain their cars. If they don’t keep up with the proper maintenance, this could cause serious car accidents and put other drivers in harm’s way. It is important to raise awareness of this issue because about 2.35 million individuals are injured every year in car accidents throughout the United States. Furthermore, there were a total of 36,560 fatal accidents that occurred in 2018. Every car owner must ensure their vehicle is properly maintained.
Determining who is at fault in an automobile accident can be difficult. Typically, if you can’t prove that the driver is liable for the accident then their initial instinct will be to avoid that liability. They will shift the burden onto another party such as the maintenance crew at the mechanic shop. An example of this would be if your brake lights come on but you continue to ignore the issue. An accident occurs because of brake failure and the driver tries to blame the manufacturing company for faulty brakes. They argue that the company should be held liable for the accident. Ultimately, it is the driver’s responsibility to take care of their car and make sure they are up to date on their car check-ups. If any light comes on telling you there is a maintenance problem, you should never ignore it. Always take your car into a mechanic shop to get their problem figured out as soon as possible.
Car owners re not expected to have professional knowledge or training on how to mechanically fix cars. They are held to a standard of being aware when something does not feel right. For example, if your car is making weird noises or if you have a flat tire and neglect both of them, then you are held liable. It is the vehicle owner’s responsibility to report any issues with their car and bring it to a mechanics attention. It then is the mechanics job to determine what the issue is and ultimately fix the problem. If a car owner neglects any recognizable issue with their car, they could be held liable for any damages if an accident occurs.
Being involved in an automobile accident can be a very stressful experience. It can be very confusing to understand all of the aspects that play a role in filing a legal claim. The auto accident attorneys at ELG want to help you during this overwhelming time. We will help you understand all of your legal options and guide you to the best option for your situation. Our job is to help you recover the maximum amount of compensation. Contact our knowledgeable Phoenix attorneys at ELG to set up a consultation. Call us at either Phoenix or Mesa Arizona law offices at (623) 321-0566.
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