Mechanics have the great responsibility of inspecting, maintaining, and repairing vehicles that are brought in to a shop. Customers who may not know how to fix their own vehicles trust mechanics to help them keep or return their cars to good driving condition. When a mechanic fails to properly fix a vehicle and return it in working order, a serious malfunction could result. In extreme cases, a customer who unknowingly drives out of the shop with a poorly repaired vehicle may be involved in a costly or even deadly accident.
Causes of Error
Vehicles have many complex parts that need to be regularly maintained and occasionally repaired. Some of the errors that a mechanic may make while fixing a vehicle include:
- Repairing the wrong part or wrong side of a vehicle
- Failing to notice a serious malfunction or repair issue
- Leaving parts improperly attached after repair, maintenance, or inspection
- Causing damage to the vehicle by using the wrong tools or parts
- Failing to inform the customer of potentially serious vehicle damage or malfunction
If you believe that a mechanic may be responsible for a costly malfunction that led to vehicle damage or an accident, consider consulting with a car accident attorney immediately. An attorney will gather evidence surrounding your damage or accident to determine if you may have grounds for a lawsuit. First, there must be evidence that a mechanic was negligent. Negligence could be proven by providing evidence that the mechanic made any of the errors listed above. Second, as the plaintiff you must show that the mechanic’s negligence led to your vehicle damage or accident.
An experienced car accident lawyer can help you gather this evidence to support your case against a mechanic at fault. If the mechanic is found to be liable, you may be entitled to compensation for associated costs such as medical bills, vehicle repair, rehabilitation, lost wages from time off of work, and pain and suffering.
For sound legal advice and assistance regarding mechanic error and damage liability, please contact the experienced Sheboygan car accident attorneys of Habush Habush & Rottier S.C. ® today at 800-242-2874.