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Car Accidents Caused by Maintenance and Repair Issues

Being a safe driver involves more than using your turn signals, obeying speed limits, and practicing other safe behaviors while behind the wheel. In addition to these responsibilities, drivers must maintain their vehicle to ensure it works properly. If a vehicle is not well maintained, the vehicle is not safe to drive and car accidents can result. When car accidents caused by maintenance and repair issues do occur, injury victims may be able to recover compensation through their car insurance provider, by filing a product liability claim, or by filing a claim against another at-fault party.

Maintenance Issues that Can Cause Car Accidents

Any vehicle issue could potentially cause a car accident. Every part of a car is important to its operation, so when something is wrong, it can impact the safety of the entire vehicle.

A maintenance issue may not cause a car accident, but can cause a person to sustain more severe injuries than they would have otherwise. For example, issues with seatbelts and airbags can result in greater harm to drivers and passengers who are involved in a car accident.

A car accident and resulting injuries may be caused by mechanical issues such as:

  • Damaged or worn-down tires
  • Defective airbags
  • Defective seat belts
  • Broken or dim headlights

Car Accident and Product Liability Claims

Your car insurance company should cover the expenses resulting from your car accident. Michigan is a no-fault state, so as in any car accident case, you can file a claim with your insurance company to receive compensation for damages.

In cases of car accidents caused by maintenance issues, injury victims may also be able to file a claim against the company that manufactured the vehicle or parts. This is an option if the issue was caused by a defect in the design or manufacturing of the vehicle. If a maintenance issue was the fault of a negligent mechanic or other party, filing a claim against them is a possibility.

The attorneys of Goodman Acker P.C. can help you recover compensation if you were injured in a car accident. Our legal team will help you get coverage for your medical bills and other expenses from your insurance company. We can also advise you on whether filing a product liability claim is right for your situation, and will help with your case if so. Contact us to discuss the details of your case.

If you are interested in speaking with our legal team, complete our contact form or call (248) 793-2010 to schedule a free consultation with our lawyers.

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