Fort Walton Beach Attorneys for Car Accidents Caused by Mechanical Defects
Were you seriously injured in a car accident because of a mechanical malfunction in your vehicle or in the vehicle of someone who hit you? If you were, you should contact The Bruner Law Firm right away. We may be able to help you obtain compensation for your losses as a result of your accident-related injuries.
The Fort Walton Beach car accident attorneys of The Bruner Law Firm have spent three decades helping car accident victims pursue compensation for the financial costs they incurred as a result of their injuries and the emotional and mental stress they suffered in the aftermath of vehicle accidents. Using our extensive legal skills and deep knowledge of personal injury law, we’ve helped thousands of clients obtain settlements and awards totaling millions of dollars.
Dealing with car accident injuries is life-altering. Recovering from your injuries can be challenging, painful, and mentally exhausting. You can be thrown into deep financial debt from the expense of your medical treatment. Your finances can be additionally impacted by your need to take time off from work so you can receive treatment and recover as best you can from your injuries.
Why should you have to bear this significant physical, emotional, and financial burden if you weren’t at fault for the accident? You don’t. The car accident attorneys of The Bruner Law Firm can help you pursue compensation for your car accident-related injuries so you can try to move on in your recovery.
Call The Bruner Law Firm at (850) 243-2222 today or contact us online to schedule a consultation. We’ll discuss your case and determine the best legal options for getting money for you.
How Mechanical Defects Can Lead to Car Accidents
Vehicles are safest when all parts and systems in the vehicle work properly. Some minor car issues likely won’t affect your ability to drive the vehicle and likely won’t present any risk of an accident. But other mechanical issues can occur if the parts are defective, and these mechanical defects can and have led to serious car accidents. The following are three of the most common mechanical defects that could lead to an auto collision:
- Brake Failure
- Tire Issues
- Steering Malfunction
Who Is Liable in a Car Accident Caused By a Mechanical Defect?
Liability is important to determine after a car accident because the person or entity who was responsible for causing the accident could be liable for compensating you.
Multiple entities could be held liable after a car accident that was caused by a mechanical defect: the manufacturer of the vehicle, the manufacturer of the defective parts, the distributor of the defective parts, the mechanic who may have performed repairs on your vehicle, or the store or shop that directly sold the defective parts to the consumer.
The car accident attorneys at The Bruner Law Firm will conduct a thorough investigation into the car accident to determine whether the car accident was, in fact, a result of mechanical defects. Then we’ll investigate the source of the mechanical defects to determine who may be liable.
If a mechanical part in the vehicle malfunctioned and caused the crash, it may point to the manufacturer’s liability. We’ll have to further determine whether the manufacturer of the vehicle or the manufacturer of the part is to blame for the defect.
There are other entities in the entire commerce chain that could also be liable parties in your case, including the transporters of the vehicle to the car sales business or dealership where you purchased the car and the dealership or car sales business that sold you the car.
If you’ve ever taken your car to the repair shop, then it could also be the case that the repair shop could be liable for the mechanical defect that caused the accident. If the mechanic did a poor job repairing the car or if they overlooked something that, given their expertise, they should have caught, they could share responsibility for the accident.
It’s entirely possible that there is shared responsibility for the defective mechanical part. This means that multiple parties may be held liable for the mechanical defect that caused you to be injured in the car accident.
Compensation for Your Car Accident Injuries
You can pursue compensation for your financial and emotional losses that resulted from your car accident injuries. The compensation you could receive is called damages.
You can be compensated for the financial costs of your injuries and the accident, including:
- Medical treatment costs (including costs of estimated future medical care for your injuries)
- Lost income or wages
- Lost future earning ability
- Property damage
You can also be compensated for the deep emotional turmoil that you’ve been through because of your injuries and the impact they’ve had on your life. This includes compensation for:
- Emotional distress
- Pain and suffering
- Loss of enjoyment and quality of life
- Permanent scarring, disfigurement, or disability
If you’ve lost a loved one in a car accident due to mechanical defects, you can also pursue compensation for your financial and emotional losses. If you’re a primary beneficiary (a spouse, children, or parents), you may be able to recover compensation for the following:
- Funeral costs
- The deceased’s medical costs
- The deceased’s lost income and benefits
- Emotional suffering
- Loss of parental guidance (for the child or children of the deceased)
- Loss of relationship and companionship (for the spouse of the deceased)
You could also be awarded a rare type of compensation if your case goes to court. Punitive damages are awarded by the court when the person or entity responsible for your injuries acted with gross negligence or intentional misconduct.
Contact the Dedicated Fort Walton Beach Car Accident Attorneys
If you sustained injuries in a car accident resulting from mechanical defects with your vehicle, the experienced Fort Walton Beach car accident attorneys of The Bruner Law Firm can help you pursue fair compensation. You may be able to recover damages for the losses you’ve suffered. Call us today at (850) 243-2222 to schedule a free case evaluation.