National Safety Council revealed that more than 40,000 Americans became a victim of auto accidents last year. The reasons behind most of these accidents were carelessness or recklessness of drivers such as falling asleep while driving, DUI, over speeding, among other traffic rules violations. While the majority of auto accidents occurred due to negligence of drivers, a decent number of crashes also happened due to car malfunctions, particularly failure of brakes.
A report published by National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) estimated that brake failure contributes to around 22 percent of total car collisions. If you are involved in a collision which was caused due to failure of brakes, you are entitled to obtain compensation for your damages from the at-fault parties. Therefore, it is worthwhile that you familiarize yourself with legal processes of obtaining your claim.
Who is liable to pay compensation for your damages?
Not all brake failures are equal. For instance, the malfunction can be caused due to inherent deficiencies of brakes such as flawed design or usage of substandard quality material while other failures can be attributed to poor maintenance of the vehicle. Therefore, if an auto accident is caused due to an inherent defect, the vehicle manufacturer, or entity responsible for ensuring effectiveness of brake system can be held liable to compensate the victim for their losses. This is because manufacturers owe a duty of care to the public and did not take the necessary quality protocols into consideration during production, which, consequently, resulted in a collision.
How can a personal injury lawyer help?
Cases pertaining to auto accidents are quite complicated and it can be extremely challenging to provide conclusive evidence regarding brake failure. Therefore, hiring an experienced personal injury lawyer can be highly beneficial for your case. A skillful attorney will help you to file a claim against the at-fault party and assist in the collection of evidence.
Furthermore, your lawyer will also make sure that you obtain the maximum amount of compensation and will protect your rights in legal proceedings. The damages may predominantly involve medical expenses, lost wages, and loss of future income. Although financial compensation cannot reverse the injuries, it may aid victims and their families to overcome difficult times after the accident.
If you or your loved ones were involved in an auto accident, consult an experienced personal injury lawyer by contacting I Am Calling My Lawyer at 888-841-4878.