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Can a Mechanic be Liable for a Car Crash?

Posted on in Car Accidents

texas car crash lawyerIf you were in a car accident caused by a mechanical failure or unsafe vehicle, you may be wondering whether a mechanic or auto shop could be responsible. In Texas, if a mechanic’s negligence made a vehicle unsafe to drive, which resulted in an accident, the mechanic may be liable for injuries resulting from that crash. If you were hurt in a car accident that you believe was a result of a mechanical defect, contact an attorney as soon as you can after the accident. Crashes that involve a mechanical failure require prompt investigation to preserve evidence. 

What Types of Negligence by a Mechanic Can Result in a Car Accident? 

Mechanics and auto shops have a duty to either make sure your vehicle is safe to drive before they return it to you, or warn you that it is not safe to drive. Auto shop customers can reasonably expect that their mechanic has safely repaired their vehicle before returning it. Unfortunately, sometimes mechanics or their staff members make mistakes or even act in a manner that shows disregard for the safety of their customers. 

Here are some situations where negligence on the part of a mechanic or auto body shop could cause a car accident: 

  • Failure to Warn - Mechanics should always notify a vehicle’s driver if he sees a problem that makes a vehicle unsafe.

  • Failure to Notice a Danger -  Mechanics are expected to use their expertise and identify certain conditions that render a vehicle unsafe and then warn the vehicle’s driver before releasing the vehicle. 

  • Wrong or Defective Parts - Auto shops have a duty to use the correct parts when fixing a vehicle. The parts used must also be in safe, working order. Sometimes an auto shop may carelessly install parts that were not meant to be used with a certain vehicle, or parts that were already broken, leading to a malfunction.

  • Negligent Repair - A mistake in the way a repair was performed could cause a malfunction that leads to a crash. Or, an auto shop’s employees may damage another component of the vehicle while conducting a repair without fixing the new damage. 

Call a Corpus Christi Car Accident Lawyer 

If you were hurt in a car accident and suspect that an auto shop error may be the cause, you should contact a Nueces County Car Wreck Injury Attorney as soon as possible. When a mechanical failure contributes to a car crash, the vehicle involved needs to be closely examined before any other auto shop begins handling it. Evidence of the vehicle’s condition after the accident must be preserved quickly to prove that a mechanical issue caused the wreck. The attorneys at The Edwards Law Firm have over 100 years of combined personal injury law experience and will seek to recover all the compensation you may be entitled to. Call 361-698-7600 for a free consultation. 





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