If you suffered injuries in an accident caused by unsafe maintenance conditions, you might not have to pay the costs of your losses on your own. The negligent party could be held responsible for their actions.
A Biloxi poor maintenance accident lawyer can help you with this type of case. When someone else did not properly maintain a road, a parking lot, or a vehicle, and this negligence led to a crash with injuries, the Morris Bart law firm may be able to represent your interests.
Call our team today at (228) 357-9621 for a free review of your case.
Importance of Maintaining Vehicles
When you own and drive a motor vehicle, you have a duty to keep the vehicle in proper working order. Anyone driving a motor vehicle or trailer on the state’s roads must maintain the vehicle, meaning it is safe to drive and will not place others on the roads in harm’s way.
According to a recent study from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), about 2% of annual motor vehicle crashes in the United States can be attributed to issues related to the vehicle. Some of the specific reasons for crashes related to vehicle maintenance include:
- Tires: A blown tire can cause the driver to lose control, or a lack of tire tread can lead to a skid on the roads when trying to brake or turn. Either of these tire conditions could cause an accident.
- Brakes: An improperly maintained braking system could leave the driver unable to stop in time to react to a hazard on the road, resulting in a crash.
- Steering: A failing power steering system could make it difficult for a driver to steer out of the way of a hazard in time to avoid a crash.
- Transmission: A failing transmission system could cause the car to slip out of gear, leaving you without the power you anticipate and could lead to a crash.
These items on a motor vehicle wear out over time, meaning they need to be inspected and replaced if necessary. Without performing regular maintenance, the vehicle operator could be found negligent if a component failure on his or her car leads to a crash.
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Determining Fault in an Accident
If a component on another driver’s car failed and led to an injury accident with you, it is possible that the car manufacturer installed a defective part that should have been recalled, which could be a sign of negligence. The repair shop that maintained the car could also be found negligent if it made an error while installing a replacement part.
A Biloxi poor maintenance accident lawyer can investigate the facts in the case, determining what happened and who should be held responsible. Contact the Morris Bart law firm today for a free consultation at (228) 357-9621.
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The Importance of Maintaining Roads
In addition to the regular maintenance of the vehicle is the proper maintenance of the roads themselves. It is important that the integrity of the pavement be maintained, and major potholes are prevented from forming. If the pothole is large enough, a driver could strike it forcefully, causing him or her to lose control and strike other cars or pedestrians in the area.
If a local or state department does not properly maintain the public streets and roads, this could lead to a crash. Should the responsible department have had time to learn about an unsafe area of a road and had time to make adequate repairs, the department could be held liable in a crash if it did not make the needed repairs that resulted in your accident.
Responsibility of Construction Crews
If a construction crew is making repairs to a road while still allowing some traffic flow, the crew needs to properly mark the area, warning drivers of potential hazards. Without significant lighting in the area and without barriers to keep drivers away from hazards, this could lead to a driver losing control and crashing, making the construction company potentially liable.
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Let Us Defend Your Right to Seek Compensation
As a Biloxi poor maintenance accident lawyer, we know that insurance claims can be complicated. You may receive a call from an insurance adjuster after the crash, and they may try to offer you a settlement quickly.
However, the insurer may be offering you a settlement for a lower value than your losses indicate. Accepting any amount can prevent you from being able to be compensated for what you are owed. Hiring an attorney can give you the ability to counteract the techniques the insurer may use to reduce your settlement. An attorney can present evidence to the insurance adjuster and negotiate your claim for you from beginning to end.
Keeping Your Case on Track
According to Mississippi Code Annotated §15-1-49, those seeking awards in a personal injury case have up to three years to begin the process of filing a claim. The team at the Morris Bart law firm recommends that you speak with an attorney after the accident. If we feel your case qualifies, we may be able to begin our investigation and interview witnesses while they still have a clear recollection of the facts.
For a free review of your case, call us at (228) 357-9621 today. We work on a contingency-fee basis, which means you do not need to pay us anything up front to secure our representation. We get paid only if and when we win your case.
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