In the modern age, it can be easy to assume that mechanical failures only happen rarely. However, despite extensive safety precautions and testing, mechanical failures can still occur and may cause those affected to suffer significant injuries. Determining liability after a mechanical failure accident can be complex and challenging to undergo without an attorney. However, a skilled attorney can investigate your case, collect evidence, and establish the four elements of negligence as they work to recover monetary compensation for the full extent of your damages.
If you were injured in a car accident caused by a mechanical failure, you deserve to have an experienced attorney in your corner. At Marsalisi Law, our attorney, Frank P. Marsalisi, has many years of experience helping car accident victims get back on their feet after a collision. He takes a personalized approach to every case and will handle every detail of the legal process as you focus your energy on your healing and recovery.
How to Prove Liability for Accidents Caused by Mechanical Failures
After the accident, your attorney can use evidence to determine who is at fault. Photographs, videos, police reports, and witness testimonies can help your attorney establish that a mechanical failure caused your accident. They will then build a case to assert negligence by either the manufacturer, a mechanic, or the vehicle owner that directly contributed to the accident. To successfully prove your case, your attorney must establish the following elements:
- The defendant owed you a duty of care;
- The defendant breached the duty of care by acting negligently;
- Their negligence directly caused your accident;
- You suffered subsequent economic and non-economic damages;
Mechanical failures can have various causes, making liability challenging to determine without an attorney. An experienced attorney can employ their extensive experience and skills to investigate your case and build a solid claim on your behalf.
Who Can Be Held Liable for Accidents Caused by Mechanical Failures in Florida?
One of the most critical factors in establishing liability is determining who may be at fault for your accident. Accidents involving mechanical failures may have several liable parties, including the following:
- The car manufacturer: Before allowing the vehicle to be sold, the manufacturer must ensure that it meets all safety standards. If the manufacturer fails to perform proper testing, they may be held responsible for your accident.
- The mechanic: If you brought your car in for service, the mechanic must notify you of all safety issues with your vehicle. When a mechanic fails to report safety issues or does not perform repairs properly, their negligence may cause an accident.
- The vehicle owner: Vehicle owners have a duty to take care of their cars for the safety of other motorists. If the owner keeps delaying a visit to the mechanic, they may be found liable for damages caused by their car in an accident.
This is a partial list, and there may be other potentially liable parties depending on your unique circumstances. Your attorney will investigate every detail of your case to determine who may be held responsible for your injuries and other losses.
Contact a First-Class Car Accident Attorney at Marsalisi Law
If you were injured in a car accident caused by a mechanical failure, you do not need to fight for justice alone. At Marsalisi Law, our attorney is dedicated to protecting his clients’ rights and interests. Frank P. Marsalisi has several years of experience and is committed to personalizing his services to each client’s unique needs. He is fluent in English and Spanish and will work with you to ensure your concerns are heard and addressed.