If you think that you have been a victim of negligent auto maintenance, it’s important to consult an attorney. Poorly repaired vehicles can cause accidents due to failure of parts. Mechanics can be held liable for their work as they are held to a higher standard than the public. A lawyer can help you determine what rights you have under the law.
What Is Negligent Auto Maintenance?
Negligent auto maintenance occurs when a mechanic does not repair an automobile or makes poor quality repairs to that automobile. A mechanic may be liable for installing the wrong part, not repairing or replacing broken or worn parts, making the wrong diagnosis on a car or failing to recognize the need for a major repair, damaging the car’s mechanics while attempting to fix it, or making an illegal fix. Mechanics are also liable for failing to remove foreign objects, debris, and other items they may find while repairing the car.
The car owner has a case if the mechanic work done causes a loss or injury. For example, if the mechanic worked on the brakes, and the brakes failed soon after, a court may decide the mechanic is liable for any injuries caused due to the accident. The car owner must also demonstrate to the court the defendant’s actions were negligent and caused the loss. The loss can also be monetary. For example, if the mechanic damaged the car which required you to pay another mechanic to fix the problem as well as the damage to the car, you may be able to hold the first mechanic liable for any repair bills.
What If I Suspect I Am the Victim of Negligent Auto Maintenance?
If you suspect your mechanic is negligent, you need to understand what to do to hold the mechanic liable. First, you need to check your contract with the shop. Most auto mechanics will have you sign a contract stating what work is to be done on the car. Understanding what your mechanic has agreed to do and being able to demonstrate the negligence will be important information in a lawsuit.
Once you have determined what the contract states, and the mechanic did a poor job in repairing your vehicle as specified in the contract, you need to document everything. This includes obtaining the used parts from the mechanic, photos, and any documentation. If the mechanic will not give you your used parts, request them with a letter, and make a copy so that you have one for your records. If the mechanic refuses to give you your parts back, you now have documentation that the mechanic is trying to hide something.
Take Your Car to Another Mechanic
At this point, it’s important to get an expert to look at the repairs and see if there is any sign of negligence. Although there are shops they give free estimates, it’s unlikely they will do as thorough of a job as a mechanic you pay for to diagnose the problem. The second mechanic should be experienced and should be able to tell you what should have been done.
Take the Evidence to a Lawyer
If you’re certain that the mechanic was indeed negligent, or if the repairs to your vehicle actually caused an accident, it’s time to get an attorney involved. A lawyer who is knowledgeable in negligent auto maintenance lawsuits can help you determine if you have a case against the mechanic.
Our law firm can help you get the compensation you deserve when it comes to negligent auto maintenance. Call us today or fill out our free case evaluation form. You may be eligible for compensation, depending upon your case.