Auto Repair Negligence a Factor in Accidents & Road Fatalities
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
“My firm is involved in a variety of civil litigation matters. One type of case that has occurred several times over the years and we’ve had success handling are automotive dealership negligence claims. One example of a case I had early on in my career involved a defect in a trailing arm of a steering system in a Ford. What ultimately happened in this case, it was a one car accident where my client was driving on the highway and the car jumped very hard to the right, causing a rollover and a severe spinal cord injury, resulting in quadriplegia.
“What was unknown to the client at the time, was that there had been prior damage to the trailing arm that had impacted the rear wheel to the point that there was a real risk and susceptibility for the car jumping off the road or losing control or however you’d like to characterize it. While the risk was low and not a common occurrence, the dealership was ultimately shown to be aware that the damage preexisted the sale of the car. It was ultimately shown that the damage contributed to the accident in the case. If you or a family member have questions about potential defects from a dealership, please give me a call.
“These are very difficult cases, in order to trace the origin of damages, but it can be done. On that case, I’m very proud of the work that we did on that case, we were able to create a much nicer life care plan, provide much better medical resources for our client in that case. In the end, I’m hopeful that the dealership in question has changed some of their practices and policies and are more attentive to situations where they cause damage to a car and they fail to inform their customers of such damages.
“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.”
Preventable Causes of 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:
• Tire failures
• 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 Cincinnati catastrophic injury lawyer and Ohio wrongful death attorney with success in auto repair negligence 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:
Ohio Road Accident Lawsuits
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) records an average of 30,000 fatalities due to road accidents on an annual basis. Negligent parties cause many of these incidents, and they are responsible for the terrible consequences.
The Lyon Firm has extensive experience in auto negligence and wrongful death cases, including one recent case in Ohio when an auto dealership failed to diagnose a defective suspension, which resulted in a road fatality. Extensive litigation demonstrated that the dealership failed to diagnose and repair a defective trailing arm, despite evidence of damage. The auto dealer also never warned the driver of the issue.
Joe Lyon filed a lawsuit on behalf of the victim and the surviving spouse received compensation for comprehensive medical care, end stage care, and emotional closure.
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.
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.
If you or a loved one has suffered an injury due to auto repair negligence, and have questions about the legal remedies available in Ohio, contact The Lyon Firm at (800) 513-2403. You will speak directly with Mr. Lyon, and he will help you answer these critical questions.