• POSTED: December 1, 2018
  • POSTED BY: TheChoyceLawFirm


Sacramento Accident Lawyer

Accidents Caused by Mechanical Failure

Depending on the cause(s) and consequence(s) of car accidents involving mechanical failure, several areas of law may come into play. Experienced Sacramento accident lawyer is the best sources for advice, especially pertaining to your unique situation. Possible categories of law that may relate to and support your case include the following:

  • Negligence
  • Wrongful death
  • Punitive Damages
  • Medical and wage compensation
  • Property damage

Mechanical Failure in Vehicles

Most often, vehicular collisions are caused by driver negligence, such as driving under the influence and or engaging in distractions while driving (such as texting). Though those are the most common ways a driver can be considered negligent, negligence isn’t limited to an individual behaving recklessly behind the wheel. An individual may be considered negligent if he or she does not properly maintain the functioning of their vehicle. Individuals may be held liable for damage resulting from poor maintenance of their motor vehicle. If you feel negligence from another driver or from a manufacturer was the cause of your accident, speak with a Sacramento accident lawyer.

Car owners and commercial drivers have a duty to maintain their vehicles to prevent foreseeable mechanical failure while driving. Something as small as a burnt out brake light or turn signal could result in a serious collision with major damage.

The following car parts are frequently involved in mechanical malfunction that may result in a collision:

  • Brakes – Brakes are especially common in collisions involving trucks and semis. Brake malfunction can include brake pads, brake lines, inadequate brake fluid, improperly or inadequate brake adjustment, etc.
  • Turn signals – Turn signals are important to indicate intentions to change speed and direction of a car. Without adequate warning of these changes, other vehicles may not be able to adjust their speed in time to prevent collision, especially in high traffic or bad weather conditions.
  • Brake lights – Similar to turn signals, brake lights are essential to warn vehicles to the rear of an individual’s slowing. A vehicle lacking proper brake lights is much more likely to experience a rear-ending.
  • Windshield wipers – Because they are not used daily, many individuals may take windshield wiper issues for granted. The fact is that bad weather may not be easily anticipated and a failure to maintain windshield wipers and windshield wiper fluid may result in poor visibility and property damage.
  • Steering machinery – Steering machinery is very complicated and failure in any aspect may cause sudden changes in a driver’s ability to maneuver their vehicle.
  • Tires – Though costly, it is important for drivers to change their tires when recommended, even if they don’t seem especially flat. With normal use, tire tread is thinned, resulting in less grip on the road and higher susceptibility to popped tires.
  • Headlights – Clear headlights are very important for driver visibility, as well as indicating the position of a vehicle so that another car doesn’t pull out directly in front of a moving vehicle, for example.

In order to build a strong case, personal injury attorneys will need to establish the following:

  • The defendant had a responsibility to maintain adequate care of the vehicle
  • The defendant acted negligently in that he or she did not take action to prevent or remedy a mechanical failure
  • The plaintiff’s action or inaction and subsequent damage to the plaintiff’s self or property was caused by the defendant’s negligent action or inaction

The defendant should be the individual or organization that holds a duty to maintain the vehicle in good working condition. This may not necessarily be the driver of the vehicle during the incident. If there is a commercial truck involved in the collision, the company that owns or leases the truck may be held liable. If an incident was caused by a shifting of cargo within the truck, hindering the driver’s ability to control the vehicle, the company or individual who loaded the cargo may be deemed responsible. If the driver of the vehicle is not a commercial driver but does not own or control the maintenance of the vehicle, he or she may not be the individual considered liable. It may also be determined that the person in control of vehicle maintenance is not at fault – if an individual takes their vehicle to a maintenance shop and a mechanic does an insufficient job, this individual may be held liable. With so many players involved and so many different outcomes, speaking with Sacramento accident lawyer is the best course of action you can take to mitigate your lawsuit.

Our Sacramento Accident Lawyer is Here To Help You

It is very important to choose a qualified personal injury law office to investigate precisely who was at fault and gather solid evidence to prove negligence. If you have been involved in a car collision and you believe a mechanical malfunction in another driver’s car may have been the cause, you should communicate with our personal injury attorneys as soon as possible who will work hard to build a case so you may receive the compensation you deserve. Give us a call at (916) 306-0636.

Call a Sacramento Accident Lawyer For Help

The Choyce Law Firm has years of legal experience handling tough settlement claims with frustrating insurance companies. Give us a call at (916) 306-0636 to speak to a Sacramento accident lawyer who can handle your case and take the burden off your hands.