Mechanical failure will complicate a car accident claim.Because of the speed and weight involved, it is appallingly easy for a simple faulty part to cause a dangerous or even deadly collision with any type of moving vehicle. In these accidents caused by mechanical problems, it isn’t always the driver who is liable for your injury. 

Faulty Vehicle Parts That Frequently Lead to Collisions

With proper maintenance, you can expect predominately safe drives for the life of a vehicle. When parts don’t work as intended, however, a driver may lose control of the car’s direction, become unable to properly stop, or experience reduced visibility necessary to safely navigate the road. In particular, these are some of the most common mechanical problems that result in crashes:

  • Brake issues like faulty lines, worn pads/discs, or a malfunction with the anti-lock braking system 
  • Broken headlights 
  • Faulty suspension
  • Loss of steering system control
  • Tire blowout or worn tires
  • Worn, broken, or immobile windshield wipers

Determining Who Is Responsible for the Crash

An experienced Pennsylvania accident attorney can fully investigate the crash and discover the specific at-fault party who owes you compensation, either in the form of an insurance settlement or by pursuing a court case. Parties that may be liable for your injury include the:

  • Driver of the vehicle if they were aware of the mechanical issue but chose to drive anyway
  • Company that failed to enact a proper maintenance schedule for a commercial vehicle involved in the accident, such as a cargo truck or passenger bus
  • Car brand that assembled the parts and manufactured the finished vehicle
  • Manufacturer of a specific faulty part
  • Maintenace crew or mechanic who failed to properly fix a problem

After any car crash where you suspect mechanical failure was involved, always seek medical attention to begin a paper trail on your injury and then contact an attorney. Call us or send a message through our online form with the details of your collision so we can set up a consultation and determine if an investigation into your injury is necessary. 

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