Neglected or faulty maintenance of a vehicle can lead to serious consequences, especially when a major component fails, such as a tire, the brakes, or the steering system. After reviewing your case, a Biloxi faulty or neglected vehicle maintenance lawyer with the Morris Bart law firm may offer to represent you through the claims process and seek justice in your case.
To learn if you qualify, contact the Morris Bart law office in Gulfport today by calling (228) 357-9621.
Maintaining a Vehicle Plays a Key Role in Safe Driving
All vehicles come with maintenance recommendations, which help to extend the life of the vehicle. Following the manufacturer’s guidelines for vehicle maintenance should ensure the safe operation of the vehicle.
Ignoring these guidelines, skipping maintenance for long periods, or taking the vehicle to someone who failed to perform the necessary maintenance can lead to significant consequences. If a vehicle is behind on maintenance, certain parts may begin to break down and eventually stop working altogether. If this happens while the vehicle owner is driving, it can lead to traffic accidents and injuries.
There are several ways that faulty or neglected vehicle maintenance can occur, which makes assigning liability difficult in some cases. Possible causes of a maintenance-related accident could include:
- The car’s owner neglected to keep up with the required maintenance.
- The mechanic or garage tasked with performing maintenance did not perform it properly.
- The maintenance crew used a defective part or item to repair a vehicle.
How Can a Faulty Vehicle Cause Accidents?
Our cars are built with safety mechanisms meant to prevent or mitigate accidents. If these parts aren’t working properly, it stands to reason that an accident is more likely. Here are some scenarios in which improper maintenance may cause a collision:
- Worn tires can cause a blow-out, forcing the driver to lose control
- Worn brake pads or leaking/overfilled brake fluid can cause brake failure
- Broken headlights, turn signals, reverse signals, or brake lights make it difficult for driver to see and react to traffic while driving
- Critical failures in the transmission, engine, or battery may cause a car to fail mid-trip
For a free legal consultation with a Faulty or Neglected Vehicle Maintenance Accident lawyer serving Biloxi, call (228) 357-9621
Liability for Neglected or Faulty Vehicle Maintenance
Under the Mississippi Civil Code, the victim of this type of negligence can hold the at-fault party accountable and recover compensation through an insurance claim or civil lawsuit.
In some cases, you also might be able to pursue damages for in a vehicle failure . This failure might occur if you had the work performed by someone else or a problem with a part or component. In these cases, the liable party who owes you and any other victims might be one of the following:
- The mechanic or auto repair shop you paid to service your car
- The designer or manufacturer of the dangerous or defective part
If we accept your case, you can expect the Morris Bart law office in Gulfport to assign liability and build a claim to seek compensation on your behalf. You will not need to worry about identifying who is legally accountable. We will handle all aspects of your legal case so that you can focus on healing from your injuries.
Pursuing Damages in a Faulty or Neglected Maintenance Accident Case
When we work with a client who suffered injuries as a result of faulty or neglected maintenance, we investigate what happened to cause their accident and estimate the damages they suffered as a result. When necessary, we call in experts to perform accident reconstructions, explain necessary treatments, and help us value the case fairly.
We take these steps to present the evidence to the insurance company or legal team representing the liable party and demand reasonable compensation . Often, this results in settlement negotiations and an agreement for a fair payout. This service allows our clients to avoid going to court but still recover the compensation they need.
Here are some of the recoverable damages our car injury attorney may demand:
- Treatment expenses, including ongoing care
- Lost income
- Lowered earning capacity
- Property damages, including car repairs
- Loss of services
- Out-of-pocket expenses
- Pain and suffering
Mississippi Has Time Limits for Filing a Civil Lawsuit
If the insurance company does not negotiate or refuses a fair agreement, we might need to file a Harrison County civil lawsuit and take the case to court. This action is not common, but our trial lawyers prepare every case as if it is by gathering strong evidence we could present to the judge and jury to prove negligence and liability. We do this so that we are ready to move forward with your case if necessary.
Preparing to take legal action is important because Mississippi places a deadline on doing so in a traffic accident case, under Mississippi House Bill (HB) 1257 §15-1-49. We generally have only three years to file the paperwork and begin a lawsuit in Mississippi, beginning the day of the accident.
Morris Bart, LTD Represents Clients on Contingency
When a Biloxi faulty or neglected vehicle maintenance lawyer from the Morris Bart law firm accepts a personal injury case, our team works based on contingency. If we work with you on your case, we will not ask you to pay us anything out of pocket, and there is no need to provide a retainer or other upfront payment. Our attorneys’ fees are contingent on the outcome of your case. We receive a portion of the settlement or other payout if we secure it. Otherwise, we do not receive fees.
You can reach our Gulfport office by calling (228) 357-9621. We have 16 offices serving all areas of Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, and Arkansas.
Talk to a Member of the Biloxi Car Accident Team in Gulfport
If you have a case for compensation, a Biloxi faulty or neglected vehicle maintenance lawyer from the Morris Bart law firm will represent you, filing your insurance claim or civil action. To learn if you qualify, discuss your case with a team member from the Morris Bart law firm’s Gulfport office today for free. We will evaluate your accident case and help you to understand your legal options based on what we learn.
Call now to speak with an attorney about your case or to get started today.
Questions?Call (228) 357-9621
to find a Morris Bart office near you.