Auto Repair Shop Negligence
When your vehicle requires repair or maintenance, you go to a mechanic for their expertise so they can identify the problem and fix it. However, if the mechanic is negligent when working on your vehicle and they perform faulty repairs or create additional problems, they can be held liable for their actions or lack of. Most auto repair shops carry some form of liability insurance for this very reason.
Mechanics are responsible for avoiding such incidents, and they should do their due diligence to make sure situations like negligence do not occur.
How to prove a mechanic or auto repair shop was negligent?
Anytime an accident occurs as a result of the actions of another party the party at fault may be responsible for any damages resulting from the accident. As the victim, you may be entitled to compensation.
Proving a mechanic or auto repair shop was negligent can be difficult. Sometimes, the evidence is so clear it’s a pretty straightforward process. Other times, you need the help of a highly skilled personal injury law firm to conduct a thorough investigation on your behalf and fight for your justice.
It all starts with documentation. Documentation is absolutely vital for any personal injury case. You want to start by gathering records of the work the mechanic performed on your vehicle. This can include copies of the written estimate, the final invoice, any guarantees and warranties the repair shop or mechanic has, a list of parts ordered, work orders, and even written requests you made to the mechanic. You can also strengthen your case by obtaining additional evidence, such as the old parts that were replaced.
Next, you want to gather images and videos as well as any documentation regarding the car accident that occurred. If you have medical bills, save those as well.
What are some examples of negligence or faulty repairs from a mechanic?
Every vehicle is different and has a unique set of maintenance and repair needs and requirements that need to be fulfilled. As such, this is not an extensive list but a representational one to show a few examples of what can happen if your mechanic is negligent or if they perform any faulty repairs on your vehicle.
- Break failure
- Unintentional acceleration
- Power steering failure
- Electrical fires or any fire
- Any mechanical failure
- Loose items left under the hood
- Failure to actually perform any work
What can you do now? You are probably wondering if you even have a case.
In this situation, the odds are you do have a case.
The only question is, how strong is it? After all, you know the mechanic or auto repair shop was negligent, and their faulty repair was a contributing factor leading to your car accident.
The strength of your case will be determined by how much evidence you or your personal injury attorney can collect to demonstrate the mechanic or auto repair shop was negligent and they failed to fulfill their duty to you properly, and as a result, you were in a car accident.
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