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Auto repair negligence is an overlooked issue around the country. According to the U.S. Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), motor vehicle crashes are a leading cause of death in the nation. Thousands of fatalities occur each year on American roadways, alongside countless other serious, debilitating injuries.

The health and economic impact is massive. In any given year, the cost of medical care and productivity losses associated with injuries from motor vehicle crashes exceeds $80 billion.

Many of these catastrophic accidents occur as a result of vehicle repair negligence, within auto repair shops or car dealerships. Too often, defective vehicle conditions go unidentified or uncorrected. Professional mechanics also regularly perform the wrong service.

They also install parts incorrectly or fail to warn customers of potential issues that place the car owner, passengers and other drivers at an increased risk for injury and death.

According to the Federal Trade Commission, auto repair fraud consistently ranks among the top consumer complaints. Although most auto repair shops are competent, some operators are irresponsible. Auto repair shops perform unsatisfactory work that endangers the lives of everyone on the road.


Auto Dealer Negligence Lawsuits


“These are very difficult cases, in order to trace the origin of damages, but it can be done…..My firm is available to investigate cases involving automotive dealership negligence. We take cases on a contingency fee basis, which means that if we’re not successful in your case, we won’t charge you for our time or for the resources advanced.”


Negligent Auto Repair is Responsible for Road Accidents


Every year, thousands of people are killed in motor vehicle accidents in Ohio. It is estimated that about 10 percent of road accidents are caused by mechanical issues, many of them preventable.

Auto repair negligence plays a huge part in auto safety. According to a report released by the U.S. Department of Transportation, tire/wheel and braking system failures were the most frequent critical reasons for a mechanical-related accident. Some other common mechanical causes of road accidents include the following:

•    Defective Tire Treads
•    Bad brakes
•    Defrosting problems
•    Windshield wiper malfunction
•    Severe rust
•    Loose lug nuts
•    Wheel bearing failure
•    Worn ball joints
•    Worn steering tie rods
•    Transmission issues
•    Engine failure


Joe Lyon is a highly-rated and experienced  product liability lawyer with success in negligent auto repair claims.

The Lyon Firm works with accident reconstructionists, biomechanical engineers, mechanics, and forensic engineers to investigate and determine the root cause of vehicle accidents.


Types of Automotive Negligence


An automotive service business or car dealership may be liable for faulty repairs or maintenance. Such negligence results in accidents, and causes damage and injuries. Common types of defective mechanical work may include:

•    Forgetting to reattach auto components
•    Failing to sufficiently repair broken or worn parts
•    Installing the wrong replacement part
•    Failing to notice major problems (suspension damage, tire tread wear)
•    Causing damage while performing repair work (to brakes or air bags)
•    Failing to remove potentially dangerous debris or foreign objects


Auto Repair Negligence Injury


According to the CDC, each year emergency departments treat more than 2 million drivers and passengers from motor vehicle related injuries. Many of these terrible accidents are preventable, largely through competent auto repair and vigilance. Some common injuries from road accidents include:

•    Neck & Spinal Injury
•    Traumatic Brain Injuries
•    Orthopedic Trauma
•    Traumatic Eye Injuries
•    Whiplash Injuries


Ohio Auto Repair Negligence Lawsuits


Vehicle accidents can result from multiple contributing factors. It is well known that distracted driving, intoxication, speeding, fatigue and defective auto products may cause a vehicle accident. Less recognized are accidents that result from vehicle repair negligence. Auto repair shops and auto dealerships are often able to diagnose and correct a defective issue before an accident occurs.

Where a defective vehicle condition is not identified or corrected; where the mechanic fails to warn the customer; where the mechanic performs the wrong service; or where the mechanic installs a part incorrectly, the driver, passengers and other members of the traveling public are placed at an increased risk for injury and death.


Types of Auto Repair Negligence Cases


Failure to Diagnose Defective Suspension: Quadriplegia and Wrongful Death. (Youngstown, Ohio)

Confidential Settlement provided for more comprehensive medical care, end stage care, and emotional closure for surviving spouse of thirty years.

Extensive litigation demonstrated that the auto dealership had failed to diagnose and repair a defective right-rear trailing arm despite evidence of damage. Notably, the new car was unable to be properly aligned and the alignment test showed the right rear tire was out of specifications.

Despite the test results and customer complaints, the auto dealership maintained the car was safe to drive and did not require additional work. However, the auto dealer never warned the driver of the issue.

It was then proven that the damage to the trailing arm was a significant contributing factor is causing the driver to lose control of the vehicle in a one car accident.  Following discovery and mediation, the case was resolved for a confidential seven figure amount.

Questions about Negligent Auto Repair Lawsuits

What is a Personal Injury Lawsuit?

Any kind of negligence by an individual or company that causes injury or harm can lead to filing a personal injury lawsuit. The amount a plaintiff is entitled to depends on several factors, particularly how egregious the act and how serious the injury.

Personal injury attorneys generally only will take cases on a confidential and contingency fee basis, which means your lawyer will only get paid if he or she is able to reach a settlement or positive verdict. The Lyon Firm will review your case for free and assess what compensation any plaintiff can expect through litigation.

Personal Injury cases can range from minor auto accidents to complex lawsuits filed against large corporations. The Lyon Firm has handled both with equal care. Severe injury requires legal action on occasion, no matter if the injury is the result of a vehicle accident, a dog bite, a boating accident, workplace injury, defective consumer products, medical malpractice, or toxic exposure.

What is the Process?

Pre-Suit Investigation and Negotiations: Personal injury lawsuits are unique and require a thorough investigation before a lawsuit is filed. An initial investigation involves gathering all relevant medical records, accident reports, and interviews with available witnesses.  Preservation letters are drafted to notify the defendant of the case. The duty to preserve electronic evidence is critical in most cases to prevent spoliation.

Filing a Lawsuit in Cincinnati: If pre-suit negotiations are unsuccessful, then a lawsuit must be filed to preserve the statute of limitations.  Filing a lawsuit early in the process is often necessary to begin gathering evidence while the witnesses memories are fresh and documents remain available.

Once suit is filed by your personal injury lawyer, the court will set a case management schedule and the parties will begin exchanging information in the formal process of discovery. Depositions will be taken to preserve testimony for trial and to understand what certain witnesses are likely to say at trial.

Proving Negligence, Causation and Damages: In addition to lay witness testimony and other documentary evidence, personal injury claims rely upon medical and scientific evidence to prove negligence, causation and damages. The chosen expert in a case must have a reliable and sound basis in science and in the facts of the case or his opinion may not be admissible under the rules of evidence.

In the areas of Toxic and Environmental Torts, the admission of expert testimony may be scrutinized harder than in other areas simply because the subject may not have been as widely tested and may rest on novel scientific theories.

Has My Car Been Recalled?

Consumers can follow recall news or search for current and past recalls on the Web sites of the NHTSA, as well as on other car safety advocate outlets. Look on your car windshield for a 17-character Vehicle Identification Number. Your VIN is also located on your car’s registration card.

If your car has been recalled and you have suffered an injury, contact an auto defect attorney to investigate a potential claim

Can I File an Auto Defect Lawsuit?

You may not be aware that your car is defective. It is not always obvious when your seat belt or other safety component fails to function as intended. It can take an expert in auto engineering to determine what contributed to an accident or injury.

You can contact The Lyon Firm, and we will work diligently to review your auto accident case. If an auto defect was in part responsible for an auto injury, a lawsuit can be filed and a large settlement is likely.

If negligent manufacturers and automakers are directly responsible for an auto-related injury, a product liability and personal injury lawsuit may be filed and compensation may be recovered for accident victims. Plaintiffs may seek compensation that may include property damages, past and future medical expenses, lost wages and future earnings, and pain and suffering.

The Lyon Firm takes pride in representing consumers to make America’s roads safer by holding negligent auto manufacturers accountable for auto defects that lead to accidents and injuries. When car makers fail to institute basic safety measures and fail to test auto components before releasing cars tot he public, they may be targeted in product liability lawsuits.

Did an Auto Defect Cause my Accident?

Auto defects have been known to cause accidents in tire failure, tread separation accidents, brake malfunction and sudden acceleration cases.

Auto defects may not cause every accident, but they can play an integral part in causing injury in the event of an accident. This is common in defective seat back collapse, seat belt defects and airbag defects. When these crucial safety features fail to function as they were intended.

Who is Responsible for Auto Defects?

Auto manufacturers and car makers can be held liable in auto defect lawsuits. Many automakers outsource some of their production and may not always be aware of some defects. Honda, for example, purchased all their defective airbags from Takata.

Some defective auto part suits name other defendants like negligent auto dealerships or auto repair shops who alter car parts or fail to properly repair automobiles and leave a serious safety risk.

What Cars are Defective?

The list of defective automobiles changes each year, and it is more likely that certain components are defective rather than an entire brand name. Nowadays many car makers use the same third-party suppliers, which compounds safety issues when a defective auto part is produced.

What are the Most common Auto Defects?

In recent years, the most common auto defects have been faulty airbags. Millions of cars were recalled for defective airbags. Other common auto defects are defective throttles, defective car software, and tire failures. Tire failure has been an issue in many car accidents and truck accidents.

Why Hire a Product Liability Attorney?

A Cincinnati Auto Defect Lawyer can assist in not only reviewing your accident and injury case, but is able to hold large corporations accountable for the negligent actions in releasing unsafe products to the public.

Auto companies must be held liable in order to keep the roads safe in America. So not only can The Lyon Firm seek compensation for injured plaintiffs, but we can file lawsuits to punish car makers for failing to properly test their auto parts before they are sold to the public.

When car makers fail to produce reliable cars and fail to provide basic road safety features, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and product liability attorneys can hold them responsible and help mitigate injuries and future damages.

The majority of accidents and injuries on the road are preventable, but defective auto design and manufacturing defects may leave victims with huge medical costs, lost wages, pain and suffering, and, in many cases, permanent injuries.

Our Negligent Auto Repair Victories 

The Lyon Firm aggressively, professionally, and passionately advocates for injured individuals and families against negligent individuals or companies to obtain just compensation under the law. 

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Negligent Auto Repair Settlement

Failure to Diagnose Defective Suspension: Quadriplegia and Wrongful Death. (Youngstown, Ohio)

Confidential Settlement provided for more comprehensive medical care, end stage care, and emotional closure for surviving spouse of thirty years.

Extensive litigation demonstrated that the auto dealership had failed to diagnose and repair a defective right-rear trailing arm despite evidence of damage. Notably, the new car was unable to be properly aligned and the alignment test showed the right rear tire was out of specifications.

Despite the test results and customer complaints, the auto dealership maintained the car was safe to drive and did not require additional work. However, the auto dealer never warned the driver of the issue.

It was then proven that the damage to the trailing arm was a significant contributing factor is causing the driver to lose control of the vehicle in a one car accident.  Following discovery and mediation, the case was resolved for a confidential seven figure amount.

$ Confidential

Negligent RV Dealership Settlement

Improper pairing of tow equipment and tow vehicle. (Troy, Ohio)

Confidential settlement on behalf of a widow who lost her husband in a rollover accident case.  The couple had recently purchased a large towing camper from a reputable RV Dealership.  

A few days after the purchase, the couple returned to have the appropriate hitch sized and placed on the towing vehicle, which was a Ford Explorer Sport.  The service man at the auto dealer recommended and placed the hitch on the towing vehicle, but unknown to the couple, the hitch and the tow vehicle were not properly rated for the weight of the camper. 

The couple left the following day on a road trip that was to take them around the midwest to a variety of camping locations.  Unfortunately, they never got more than an hour from home. As a result of the excessive weight, the camper swayed and caused a rollover accident that resulted in terminal injuries for our client’s husband.  It took expert evaluation to learn the terrible mistake that was made. 

 

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