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Mechanical Failures - Holding Manufacturers and Mechanics Liable for Accident Injuries Indianapolis, IN

Getting behind the wheel shouldn't be a gamble. Unfortunately, car accidents caused by mechanical failures can have devastating consequences. Here at Emerson Law, our Indianapolis personal injury attorneys, who deeply understand the complexities and emotional toll of these cases, are here to support you.

The Dangers of Mechanical Failures

Car accidents are usually due to driver error or negligence. However, a significant number occur due to mechanical malfunctions in vehicles. Here are some common mechanical failures that can trigger accidents:

  • Brake failure: If your brakes malfunction, you might lose the ability to slow down or stop the vehicle, leading to a collision.
  • Steering system failure: Loss of steering control may cause a vehicle to veer off the road or into oncoming traffic.
  • Tire blowout: A sudden tire blowout can make a driver to lose control of their car, especially at high speeds.
  • Accelerator malfunction: An accelerator that gets stuck or becomes unresponsive can result in unintended acceleration and a crash.
  • Defective airbags: If airbags fail to deploy correctly during a collision, it can exacerbate your injuries.
  • Electrical system failure: Malfunctions in the electrical system can affect critical components like headlights, taillights, and turn signals, increasing the risk of accidents.

Determining Liability in Mechanical Failure Accidents

When a car accident is caused by mechanical failure, multiple parties might be liable for your injuries, depending on the specific circumstances. Here's a breakdown of potential defendants:

  • The car manufacturer: If the accident is caused by a design defect in the vehicle or a faulty component installed by the manufacturer, they can be held liable. This might involve issues like faulty brakes, defective steering systems, or malfunctioning airbags.
  • The mechanic: If a recent repair job resulted in faulty repairs or failed to identify and address a pre-existing mechanical issue, the mechanic who performed the service could be liable.
  • Previous owner (in used car accidents): In some cases, if you purchased a used car with a known or undisclosed mechanical defect that caused the accident, the previous owner might share some liability.

The Importance of Evidence Gathering

Building a solid case for a mechanical failure accident requires meticulous and comprehensive evidence gathering. Here's how Emerson Law can help:

  • Accident Scene Investigation: We work with accident reconstruction experts to review data from the vehicle, analyze the scene and determine the cause of the accident.
  • Vehicle Inspection: We arrange for qualified mechanics to inspect the vehicle and identify the specific mechanical failure that caused the accident.
  • Reviewing Maintenance Records: We analyze your car's maintenance records to identify any prior repairs or service history relevant to the malfunction.
  • Obtaining Manufacturing Records: If the accident is due to a design defect, we work to get relevant manufacturing records from the car manufacturer.
  • Medical Records: We gather complete medical records to document the severity of your injuries and treatment needs.

Maximizing Your Compensation

If your car accident was caused by a mechanical failure, you might be entitled to recover compensation for various damages, including those that can have significant financial implications:

  • Medical Expenses: Financial assistance for past, present, and future medical bills related to your injuries.
  • Lost Wages: Reimbursement for the money you lost from not working while recovering from your injuries.
  • Pain and Suffering: Money for your physical and emotional pain.
  • Property Damage: Money to help you repair or replace your damaged vehicle.
  • Punitive Damages: In some cases, if the manufacturer or mechanic acted with gross negligence or malice, punitive damages might be awarded to punish them and deter similar behavior.

Why You Need an Indianapolis Personal Injury Attorney

Mechanical failure accident cases can be complex, involving product liability laws and technical evidence. Here's how Emerson Law can make a difference:

  • Experienced Legal Representation: Our experienced Indianapolis car accident lawyers, have a proven record of success claims caused by mechanical failures, are here to guide you.
  • Investigating the Cause: We conduct a thorough investigation to identify the at-fault party and gather evidence to support your claim.
  • Negotiating with Insurance Companies: Our skilled attorneys negotiate aggressively with insurance companies, who often play a significant role in these cases, to ensure you receive fair compensation for your injuries.
  • Preparing for Trial: If necessary, we will take your case to court and fight for the full compensation you deserve.

Don't Let a Mechanical Failure Cost You More Than Your Car

Being injured in a car accident caused by a mechanical failure can be a life-altering experience. You shouldn't have to bear the financial burden of someone else's negligence. If you have been injured due to a mechanical failure, please call our injury attorney to learn your options.

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