Many mechanics and auto shops are passionate about what they do. However, some places will perform faulty work that becomes dangerous. Even worse, some maintenance work will lead to car accidents in Stonecrest.
If faulty or neglected maintenance caused your accident, contact our Stonecrest lawyers. John Foy & Associates can help if you’ve suffered injuries from a maintenance-related accident. We know how to build strong personal injury claims to seek financial compensation.
Contact us to get started with a FREE, no-risk consultation. We do not collect a fee unless we win your case. Call (404) 400-4000 or contact us online today.
Mechanic Negligence in Georgia
Auto repair shops have a legal duty of care to provide the right services to customers. If an employee is not experienced or careful, they can cause damage or neglect services while working on a vehicle. Poor maintenance can become dangerous and easily cause an accident.
Faulty maintenance is more than frustrating. If the issue leads to a crash, the driver, passengers, and other motorists can face harm. When that happens, the mechanic or auto repair shop might be at fault.
Examples of auto shop negligence include:
- Vehicle parts that were not repaired correctly
- Faulty parts that increase the risk of an accident
- Maintenance services that didn’t actually fix the problem
- Neglected maintenance that causes an accident
Sometimes, a driver is at fault if they neglected their vehicle’s maintenance needs. For example, not checking car tires can lead to blowouts or other issues. Accident victims might have a case against the driver.
If you were injured in this type of accident, you might have grounds for a lawsuit. However, you can often file an insurance claim first. An insurance claim might recover your damages without the need for a court case.
Proving Faulty or Neglected Car Maintenance
Proving that a mechanic or repair shop was at fault can be challenging. Most drivers don’t know much about vehicle maintenance. It might be hard to identify issues if you’re not sure where or how to look.
Thankfully, a car accident lawyer that specializes in faulty or neglected maintenance can help. They’ll know how to recognize maintenance issues that could have caused an accident. With help from an experienced attorney, you can uncover the truth.
At John Foy & Associates, we can investigate details like:
- What work you had done on the vehicle
- Why you received vehicle maintenance
- What work the mechanic said they performed
- Which repairs (if any) were done correctly
- How the maintenance issues led to your accident
- Whether your vehicle was damaged further at the mechanic
Our team will get copies of the repair records and what services were performed. From there, we can help build a claim for what you deserve.
Our team has over 20 years of experience helping accident victims win what they deserve. If you or a loved one were victims, we know how to help. Plus, we do not get paid unless we win your case.
Call us at (404) 400-4000 or contact us online to get started with a FREE consultation.
Common Car Accident Damages
If you were not at fault for your accident, you could claim damages. The at-fault party is responsible for covering the costs of your accident. If the at-fault party is a maintenance company, you might bring a case against the company.
Common personal injury damages include:
- Medical treatment costs
- Prescription medication expenses
- Future treatment needs
- Lost wages
- Loss of future earning capacity
- Vehicle repair costs
- Pain and suffering
- Emotional distress
A car accident can impact your life in many ways. When a crash involves maintenance issues, the damages can be great. Your claim should outline each loss and determine what type of settlement you deserve.
Most of the time, insurance claims end with a settlement agreement. Those with attorneys can usually obtain an offer that works for both sides. However, insurance companies will sometimes refuse to settle.
If you cannot get a fair settlement, your lawyer might recommend filing a lawsuit. Your lawyer will help you prepare for court while negotiating your compensation along the way.
Partial Fault in Georgia
More than one party is sometimes at fault for a car accident. Besides a mechanic, another person or party could be responsible. For example, maybe a driver received faulty maintenance work but also failed to keep up with scheduled services. If the driver causes an accident, they and the maintenance company could be partially at fault.
If you’re worried about being at fault, talk to a lawyer. Under the Official Code of Georgia Annotated (OCGA) §51-12-33, you can still recover damages if you were less than 50% at fault. You can also file a claim against several parties who were at fault.
If you’re partially at fault, you still have rights. The courts will reduce your compensation based on your percentage of responsibility, but you still have options. Your car accident lawyer can help determine your compensation rights after the crash.
The Deadline to File a Claim
If you were hurt in an accident, you have limited time to file a claim. Georgia typically allows you two years after the accident to bring a case. In some cases, you have even less time.
Don’t wait to get started after your accident. If you miss the deadline, you could miss any chance of recovering damages. Thankfully, an experienced lawyer can help you stay on track and file before the legal deadline.
Talk to a Stonecrest Faulty Maintenance Accident Lawyer
Faulty or neglected maintenance can be difficult to identify after an accident. Without professional help, it’s challenging to know who is responsible for the crash and the damages. At John Foy & Associates, we can help you gather evidence and build a strong claim.
With 20-plus years of experience, we know what it takes to win cases. As the “Strong Arm,” we are not afraid to stand up for the compensation you deserve. We also do not charge our clients a fee until we win you a settlement or court award.
To get started with a FREE consultation, call us at (404) 400-4000 or contact us online today.