Some car accidents are caused by a mechanical failure rather than another driver’s negligence. If mechanical failure is suspected as the cause of an accident, many parties may be at fault.
There are several parties who may be at fault for a car accident involving mechanical failure:
The Car Manufacturer
If a car is inherently dangerous due to its design or a defective part, which leads to an accident, its manufacturer may be liable for damages. Examples of car parts or design defects include faulty tires, brake failure, electrical issues, etc.
If a mechanic performs negligent repairs, they might be partially or entirely responsible for a collision. Examples of negligent repairs or vehicle maintenance include installing incorrect parts, making unnecessary or the wrong repairs, failure to identify repairs, or allowing an untrained technician to perform repairs.
Car owners are responsible for maintaining their vehicle and ensuring it is safe for use. If a driver fails to inspect or perform routine vehicle maintenance, they may be liable for an accident caused by mechanical failure, especially if they knew of a problem and failed to fix it within a reasonable amount of time. However, it will depend on the nature of the defect and the degree of negligence.
There are several types of mechanical failures that commonly cause car accidents.
Brake failures include more than a total loss of braking power. Some of the common causes of brake failures include:
Tire malfunctions often occur due to poor manufacturing, but the quality and age of the product can also be factors. Tire malfunctions are commonly caused due to:
These defects can potentially lead to crashes—for example, if a design defect caused the tread on a tire to separate, causing a blowout. However, old tires are also a common reason for car crashes because of the extreme pressure or decline of product performance.
Accidents caused by mechanical failure can also be due to steering, suspension, transmission, and engine-related issues. For instance, steering failure can cause a loss of control over a vehicle and may lead a driver to swerve and crash.
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