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According to federal government statistics, about 2% of car accidents are caused by mechanical failure. Typically, the failure stems from inadequate maintenance or faulty parts. Regardless of the cause, mechanical failure can cause a motorist to lose control of their vehicle, sending them careening into innocent pedestrians and motorists.
At Khan Law Firm, our number one concern is the well-being of our clients. If you were injured in a car accident caused by mechanical failure, please contact us today. We offer a free consultation where we can discuss what happened and who to hold responsible.
Some parts on a vehicle fail more often than others, and when they do, they can lead to collisions. At Khan Law Firm, we have seen mechanical failures with the following car parts:
These are only some of the more common malfunctioning parts on an automobile. Other malfunctioning parts can also contribute to an accident.
A car that is properly designed and manufactured should operate smoothly if regularly serviced by the owner. However, the following people and entities are usually to blame when something goes wrong:
In the immediate aftermath of an accident, you might not know who is to blame for your collision. That is okay. Let your car accident lawyer review the circumstances and identify the correct party to sue.
Under Washington law, the person or entity responsible for the crash pays compensation to those who are injured. Identifying who is at fault is an important first step. Once you know who is to blame, you can begin getting badly needed funds to help cover your losses.
If the car’s owner was negligent in maintaining his vehicle, then an injured victim can typically make a claim on the driver’s insurance policy. Washington requires that most people registering a vehicle carry at least $25,000 in bodily injury liability insurance and $10,000 in property damage coverage. These limits might be low, especially if you have serious injuries, but they are a start for receiving some money after an accident.
However, because Washington is a fault state, a negligent owner cannot make a claim on his own liability coverage for injuries he sustains. Because he was negligent, he was at fault.
If a mechanic was negligent in repairing a vehicle, then an injured victim can typically sue the mechanic, who should have a business liability policy as a condition of getting a state license to operate. Many different people can make a claim, including the driver of the vehicle that lost control and caused the crash.
When a defective car crashes, then victims can typically sue the manufacturer of the vehicle or whoever made the defective part. These businesses should have liability policies in place precisely for situations such as these.
Injured victims can receive compensation to cover:
The amount our clients can receive depends on many factors, such as how much insurance the defendant has and the seriousness of our client’s injuries. In general, the more severe or permanent the injuries, the more money a victim can receive.
Other factors include whether the victim is partially to blame for the accident. Washington recognizes comparative negligence, which can reduce the amount of compensation a victim receives by his or her percentage of fault. So a motorist who is 50% to blame for the accident but who suffered $100,000 in losses could receive $50,000.
Khan Law Firm is a leader in Washington in car accident law. Our lawyers have aggressively negotiated tough settlements on behalf of our clients, and we are never afraid to go into court and bring a lawsuit to get our clients what they are entitled to.
If you were injured, give us a call. We offer free consultation to members of the public.