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Was the Accident You Were Injured in Caused by Vehicle Defect?

by Matthew Willens on Aug. 17, 2015

Accident & Injury Accident & Injury  Products Liability Accident & Injury  Car Accident 

Summary: There are many factors that can lead to an automobile accident such as drunk driving, vehicle operators drifting into the wrong lanes, speeding, and talking or texting on a cell phone. At times, accidents are also caused by vehicle malfunction.

There are many factors that can lead to an automobile accident such as drunk driving, vehicle operators drifting into the wrong lanes, speeding, and talking or texting on a cell phone.

At times, accidents are also caused by vehicle malfunction. In such cases the manufacturer of the vehicle is generally held responsible. In some cases, even the mechanic can be held responsible if he failed to identify or repair the defect while servicing or repairing your vehicle.

Road accidents can also occur due to failure of the braking systems of a vehicle. In one such famous case, Toyota had paid $1.2 billion in order to avoid prosecution for covering up two mechanical defects that led to accidents caused by unintended acceleration in thousands of vehicles. This had caused several deaths.

The Importance of Vehicle Maintenance

Even though most mechanical defects are the responsibility of manufacturer or the mechanic, there are also cases where the owner fails to maintain their vehicle and, as a result, causes an accident. Ignoring a mechanical defect and not getting it repaired in time amounts to negligence and may leave the driver responsible for the any accident that occurs as a result.

In most cases, mechanical failure and vehicle maintenance as often overlooked as a cause of car accident.  This happens primarily because only a forensic investigation of the accident scene and vehicle involved in the accident can reveal if a mechanical defect of poor maintenance has led to an accident. When someone gets injured in a car accident where it is difficult to establish the exact cause, it is important to contact a Chicago car accident injury attorney as soon as possible to investigate the case and find out the exact cause to establish liability in the case.

The investigation of the accident scene and vehicle would also reveal the extent to which the mechanical defect was responsible for the accident and injuries. In Illinois, under the comparative negligence law, two or more parties can be held liable for an accident if they partly contributed to the accident.

During the investigation, your attorney may also want to investigate other factors that might have contributed to the accident. These factors include state of the roads including road signs, lighting of the roads, construction barriers among others. If it is found that poor road conditions have contributed to the accident in some way, state authorities too may be held liable for the accident and made to pay appropriate compensation.

Chicago Car Accident Lawyer

If you have been injured in an accident caused by some mechanical defect in Illinois, you should get in touch with an experienced and competent lawyer at Willens Law Offices. Our attorneys will patiently listen to you, evaluate your case for free, and help you determine if you are entitled to damages from the responsible parties.

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