Car maintenance is essential to your safety on Alpharetta roads. If you took your car in for work but received poor maintenance, it can be incredibly frustrating. Even worse, faulty or neglected vehicle maintenance can sometimes lead to an accident. If maintenance issues caused your accident, talk to an Alpharetta car accident lawyer today.
The person who performed the faulty or neglected service could be liable for your costs. At John Foy & Associates, we can help determine who caused your crash. We can also assist you in building a strong personal injury claim.
To learn more during a FREE consultation, call (404) 400-4000, or contact us online.
Areas of Car Maintenance that a Mechanic Might Neglect
Most mechanics have pride in their jobs. They are careful to provide excellent service and not neglect maintenance needs. However, faulty work does still happen.
Sometimes, an accident happens because another driver failed to upkeep their vehicle. Maybe the other driver neglected to keep up with their car’s needs. Either way, here are some of the most common areas where issues can occur.
The brakes are one of the essential parts of your vehicle. If the brakes don’t work correctly, it can be deadly. If someone neglects the brakes for long enough, it can wear down the brake pads or worse.
Without regular maintenance, a car’s alignment can get off. If a vehicle pulls to one side of the road while driving, it’s a sign of bad alignment. Vibrating or rattling are also signs that the alignment is off.
Alignment issues can cause severe problems if ignored.
It’s often easy to neglect car tires. However, it’s crucial to have tires (and tire pressure) checked regularly. If a tire wears down too much, you can lose the tire entirely and cause a catastrophic accident.
Most drivers don’t think too much about their windshield wipers. However, if wipers don’t work, it can prevent you from seeing during inclement weather. Low visibility can lead to an accident in a matter of minutes.
Regular oil changes are essential for a healthy car. If someone does not perform an oil change correctly, it can impact the vehicle’s function.
Car batteries need testing and replacement over time. Dead batteries are a big problem that can lead to severe accidents. You’ll also need to watch for signs of corroded batteries.
If a car does not receive proper maintenance, it can lead to many problems. Faulty or neglected maintenance is a surprisingly common issue related to accidents. If you suspect it as a cause of your crash, talk to a lawyer as soon as possible.
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How to Prove that Faulty or Negligence Maintenance Caused Your Accident
If you think a mechanic or repair shop performed inadequate maintenance, tell your lawyer about it. Without professional help, it can be hard to prove that poor service led to your accident. Someone could have worked on your car well before the accident occurred.
To have a successful case, you’ll need to show that the other party was negligent. If the maintenance issues involve your own car, you’ll need to review the maintenance work. Your lawyer might hire a professional to look at your vehicle and determine the damage. From there, they can look at how the shoddy work caused your accident.
If another driver’s neglected maintenance caused your accident, proving fault can be tricky. You will need to confirm that the other driver’s car had issues they could have prevented. Again, this is an area where an experienced lawyer can help.
Gathering Information for Your Case
Your and your lawyer can investigate facts like:
- What issues led to the car accident
- When the car last received maintenance work
- Who performed the work on the vehicle
- Which issues the shop was supposed to fix
- What areas of maintenance the shop failed to perform
This type of case is complicated. To make sure you cover all bases, speak with an experienced car accident lawyer. They can help you investigate the essential details.
At John Foy & Associates, we can help. With over 20 years of experience, we know how to handle complicated car accident cases. Our goal is to get you full compensation for your losses.
Car Accident Damages You Can Claim
You can claim two main types of damages: special and general (Georgia Code Section 51-12-2). You’ll need to consider both types of damages when building your injury claim.
Special damages are economic losses. They include costs like:
- Medical bills
- Prescription medications
- Lost wages
- Loss of earning capacity
- Property damage
You can usually prove these costs through documentation. Save all medical bills and other evidence of your damages. Your lawyer will use your documents to calculate all special damages.
Unlike special damages, general damages do not have an exact dollar value. These losses can include:
- Pain and suffering
- Loss of enjoyment of life
- Mental anguish
- Emotional trauma
General losses are about how the accident has impacted your life. They are less straightforward and harder to determine.
You’ll need help from an experienced lawyer to calculate general damages. Your lawyer will use a formula to put a dollar amount on your emotional injuries.
Talk to an Alpharetta Faulty or Neglected Vehicle Maintenance Lawyer
Faulty or neglected car maintenance can lead to terrible accidents. If you suffered injuries because of poor maintenance, you should not have to pay. At John Foy & Associates, we can help you pursue the recovery you deserve.
Don’t get stuck bearing the burden of someone else’s negligence. Call us today for a FREE consultation. We’ll discuss the details of your accident and how we can help. If you hire us, there is no fee unless we win you compensation.
To schedule a FREE consultation today, call (404) 400-4000, or contact us online. We are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week to take your call.