Most people rely on cars to get to work, go to school, run errands, and take their children to exercise and other activities. With fewer people traveling by plane during the coronavirus pandemic (COVID-19), cars have become the preferred mode of travel. Unfortunately, cars can fail or develop technical problems that can be stressful, costly, and increase the risk of a serious car accident. However, many of these problems can be avoided if car owners properly care for their vehicles and ensure that they are properly serviced. If a motorist fails to properly maintain their vehicle, resulting in a serious accident, an experienced car wreck attorney can review the details of the accident and recommend the best legal course of action.
What mechanical problems are most likely to occur?
At some point, most car owners have to deal with mechanical issues, whether it’s a minor problem like a flat tire or a more serious problem like a brake failure. The best way to avoid common car problems is to have the vehicle checked by a professional mechanic, who can check all parts of the vehicle to make sure they are working properly and recommend repairs if necessary. The following are examples of some of the most common mechanical problems you may encounter:
Hazard lights. The engine control lamp lights up when the vehicle’s engine control unit (ECU) detects a fault triggered by a sensor. There are over 200 possible warning codes. Therefore, motorists are advised to have the vehicle checked by a professional mechanic to determine the source and recommend the repairs needed.
Sputter motor. If the components of the fuel and ignition system do not work together properly, the engine can stutter or misfire. To prevent this from happening, the components of the ignition system should be replaced.
Bad fuel economy. If parts of the fuel system such as the fuel filter, air filter, air mass meter, and O2 sensors become dirty or wear out, it can cause the engine to consume more fuel than usual. Proper maintenance can prevent this.
Dead battery. The typical car battery lasts about three years, or 50,000 miles. At this point it should be replaced. A damaged alternator, battery temperature sensor, or other charging component can cause a battery to lose its ability to maintain a charge.
Flat tire. In most cases, this occurs when a sharp object like a nail or tack pierces the tire. However, flat tires can also be caused by simple wear and tear. A mechanic can recommend when to rotate the tires and when to replace them.
Generator failure. The alternator ensures that the vehicle’s electrical systems run smoothly and provides the battery with a charge. If the alternator fails, the battery wears out faster and the car may not start. The alternator should be replaced beforehand.
Worn brake pads. If the vehicle’s brakes are not working properly, there is an increased risk of a serious car accident if the driver cannot stop or drive more slowly. Worn brakes will start screeching or making other noises, which is a sign that they may need to be replaced.
Shaky steering wheel. This can occur when the vehicle’s suspension is worn out or because the wheel bearings are poor. If the wheel begins to shake while driving on slippery roads, the vehicle should be checked by a mechanic. When checking the steering wheel, the mechanic should also check tire pressures and vehicle alignment.
Slipping automatic transmission. If the transmission system is damaged, clogged with dirt or leaks, the transmission can slip. This problem can be avoided by following the recommended maintenance schedule.
If the coolant leaks, not enough coolant is getting to the engine block. This can cause the motor to overheat. This can cause a number of problems, including other engine problems.
Problems with headlights and taillights. If a headlight or a taillight is defective, this can impair the driver’s view. It also makes it difficult for other drivers to see the vehicle at night. The lights should be checked regularly and replaced if they are damaged or not working properly.
What should I do if I am in a car accident caused by a mechanical problem?
If a driver is injured in a car accident, they should first call 911 so that the police and paramedics can be dispatched to the scene of the accident. Once the police report has been completed and the injured motorist has been examined by a doctor, the motorist is strongly advised to seek help from a qualified lawyer who will protect the victim’s rights, assist him with the application process and secure the financial compensation they deserve. The following are examples of how a lawyer can help car wreck victims:
Communicate with the insurance company. Getting into a car accident can be a stressful and overwhelming experience. It can be difficult to control the damage process, especially when trying to recover from injuries. A lawyer understands that insurance companies are in the business of making money, which means they will employ a number of tactics to help them avoid paying a large settlement amount. A lawyer will take care of the following:
– Negotiate with the insurance provider
– Monitor every step of the application process
– Prepare a carefully prepared statement on behalf of the injured driver
– Prioritize the injured motorist’s legal rights and claim the financial compensation he or she deserves
Receive proof of liability. In order to make a successful claim, the injured party must be able to prove that the other driver was negligent. Maryland is a contributory negligible state, which means that if the injured victim is deemed to be responsible for the accident as only one percent of the accident, they will not be eligible for compensation. A qualified attorney will collect the evidence needed to build a strong and successful case. This can include:
– Consult medical experts who can confirm the severity of the victim’s injuries
– Reconstruct the scene of the accident
– Receive copies of the accident report
– Gather medical records
– Interviewing witnesses who were at the scene of the accident
Determine the financial losses associated with the injuries. The insurance company will do everything possible to pay as little as possible, including convincing the injured party to accept a modest settlement offer. A qualified attorney will determine the true worth of the victim’s injuries and negotiate a financial settlement that will cover the full extent of his or her losses, including the following:
– Past and future medical bills
– Loss of wages and future loss of income
– pain and suffering
Negotiate the best possible solution. Skilled attorneys can anticipate the insurance company’s tactics to avoid fair billing.
Filing a lawsuit for assault. If the insurance company is unwilling to offer a reasonable settlement amount, an attorney will file a personal injury lawsuit for the financial compensation his client deserves.
Explain each step of the application process. The application process can be confusing and overwhelming for someone with no legal background. A lawyer understands the laws and regulations that apply to the accident and explains the legal options available to the client. The attorney will work closely with the injured party and answer any questions and concerns the client may have.
It is highly recommended that motorists consult an attorney at all times if they are involved in a car wreck. This ensures that the victim has a knowledgeable and dedicated legal team that works tirelessly to get the best possible settlement offer. It is particularly important for a victim of a car accident to seek legal representation in the following situations:
The victim was injured in the car accident.
The injuries are serious, permanent, or long-lasting.
The other driver denies guilt.
The insurance company refuses to pay a fair severance payment.
The injured driver was asked to produce copies of the medical records.
The insurance company offers an initial billing amount that does not cover the costs associated with the injuries.
Baltimore car wreck attorneys at LeViness, Tolzman & Hamilton support clients every step of the claims process
If you or a loved one is seriously injured in a car accident involving a vehicle with mechanical problems, it is recommended that you contact the Baltimore Auto Wreck Lawyers at LeViness, Tolzman & Hamilton as soon as possible. Motorists are responsible for ensuring that their vehicle is properly maintained. Otherwise the vehicle can become unsafe. We determine who is responsible for your injuries and ensure the maximum monetary compensation you deserve. We will keep fighting for you until you are completely satisfied. To schedule a free, confidential consultation, call us today at 800-547-4LAW (4529) or contact us online.
Our offices are conveniently located in Baltimore, Columbia, Glen Burnie, and Prince George’s Counties, where we represent victims across Maryland, including those in Anne Arundel Counties, Carroll County, Harford Counties, Howard Counties, Montgomery Counties, Prince George’s Counties, and Queen Anne’s County, Marylands Western Counties, Southern Maryland and Eastern Shore and the parishes of Catonsville, Essex, Halethorpe, Middle River, Rosedale, Gwynn Oak, Brooklandville, Dundalk, Pikesville, Parkville, Nottingham, Windsor Mill, Lutherville, Timonium, Sparrows Point, Ridgewood and Elkridge.
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