Vehicle maintenance is important for keeping you and your loved ones safe when you’re on the road. However, if the body shop that completed your maintenance made a mistake or if the mechanic did not have proper training and overlooked something important, your life and the lives of others could be at risk.
An average of 45,000 accidents happen every year because of vehicle malfunction, many caused by poor maintenance. If you or someone you love is hurt or was killed because of a poorly maintained vehicle, you have the right to hold the body shop or mechanic responsible for their negligence.
The Morris Bart law firm is here to help. We offer a free, no-risk consultation for car accident victims. We also work on a contingency fee basis only, which means that if you retain our services, you will pay nothing upfront and nothing out of pocket. We are only paid if we are successful with your case, a policy that we believe only encourages our team to work harder.
For a free review of your case, contact the Morris Bart law firm today at (205) 380-4158.
Maintenance Problems that Can Lead to Car Accidents
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), there are a number of vehicle-related problems that can lead to an accident, including:
- Tire and wheel-related problems: The NHTSA reports that tire-related crashes led to 738 fatalities in 2017. Tires can blow out if they are too thin and the tread is overly worn. They can also blow out if they have been filled too much or not enough.
- Leaks in the brake line that went overlooked, ineffective brake pads that were not replaced, or an improperly maintained Antilock Brake System (ABS) can all lead to accidents.
- Steering and suspension problems: If your steering or suspension is off, it can become difficult to steer your vehicle, and an accident may become unavoidable.
- Transmission and engine-related problems: If you are traveling at high speed and experience a transmission or engine-related problem it can cause a major accident, no matter how experienced you are as a driver.
These are just a few types of maintenance problems that can lead to car accidents in Birmingham. If you experienced one of these or something else as a result of poor maintenance by your body shop or repair technician, you have the right to hold them responsible for your losses. Contact a Birmingham poor maintenance lawyer today. A member of our team is available for a free review of your case by calling (205) 380-4158.
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Types of Injuries that Can Occur Because of Poor Maintenance
There are many injuries that can occur as a result of poor vehicle maintenance. The severity of the injuries depends on the type of malfunction that occurred, where you were at the time of the malfunction, and the speed at which you were traveling. If you are on the interstate traveling at high speeds, for example, the likelihood of a severe or even fatal injury is much higher.
Some types of injuries that can occur as a result of poor maintenance are:
- Traumatic brain injuries (TBIs): This type of injury is caused by a blow to the head and, depending on the severity of the injury, can lead to serious impairments with cognitive functioning and changes in personality.
- Spinal cord injuries: The spinal cord is responsible for taking messages from the brain to other parts of the body. Damage to the spinal cord can cause a loss of sensation or mobility, and many people with this type of injury require wheelchairs and other assistive devices after their accident.
- Broken bones: Broken bones, also known as fractures, can range in severity. In most cases, bones will heal properly with medical treatment. In some cases, complications can occur, like if the bone breaks through the skin and causes severe bleeding or creates the possibility of infection.
How Alabama’s Statute of Limitations Can Impact Your Case
Every state places a limit on the amount of time you have to pursue compensation after an accident. In the state of Alabama, you have two years from the date of the accident to file your personal injury claim. If you do not file within two years of the date of your accident, you are typically barred from recovering any type of compensation from the defendant.
Recoverable Damages After a Poor Maintenance Accident
The type of damages you may recover after a poor maintenance accident can vary depending on the details of your case. While we cannot estimate the exact damages you may recover, some types of damages that victims have recovered in cases like yours include:
- Medical expenses
- Lost wages
- Future wages if earning potential is diminished or lost
- Dismemberment or disfigurement
- Pain and suffering
- Out-of-pocket costs
- Property damage
If your loved one died as a result of their injuries or complications stemming from the accident, your family may be able to recover:
- Funeral and burial costs
- Pain and suffering
- Medical expenses left to the family to pay
- Wages and benefits previously provided by the deceased
- Loss of consortium
How a Birmingham Poor Maintenance Lawyer Can Help
A Birmingham poor maintenance lawyer can take the burden off you, helping you recover your losses while you heal from your injuries. If you retain our services, we will investigate your case, gathering evidence, and determining the root cause of your accident. We will also calculate the total value of your case – including the cost of your pain and suffering – based on your bills, receipts, and statements from your physicians. We will negotiate with the insurance company to pursue a fair settlement, and if one cannot be reached, we will not hesitate to take your case to trial to pursue compensation to the fullest extent of your injuries.
For a free, no-risk, no-obligation review of your case, contact the Morris Bart law firm today at (205) 380-4158.
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